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There has never been a better time to be a beloved but cancelled TV series. This year saw Arrested Development returning for a fourth season and the long-promised Veronica Mars movie entering production, while Fox put together plans for the limited sequel series 24: Live Another Day.

In that light, it makes sense that the folks behind Terriers, the brilliant but fatally underseen FX mystery series, are sounding more and more optimistic about a possible movie sequel. This week, star Donal Logue mentioned what he believes are the “realistic” chances of a Terriers revival. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Joss Whedon has already admitted that a Firefly Kickstarter campaign isn’t likely to take flight anytime soon, but some of his colleagues sound a little more eager to take advantage of the new studio / crowdfunding hybrid model introduced by Veronica Mars.

Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, has already reached out to Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to find out “how this thing works,” while TerriersShawn Ryan and Men of a Certain Age‘s Mike Royce have voiced their interest in the topic on Twitter. And since Thomas says Warner Bros. views his film as a “test case” for the new model, there’s reason to believe Ryan, Royce, and Fuller may actually be able to revive their beloved series if Veronica Mars proves a success. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Lots to get through in TV news today, so let’s dive right in. After the jump:

  • Aaron Paul is ready for the last stretch of Breaking Bad
  • Taryn Manning will recur on Orange is the New Black
  • Rider Strong hasn’t joined Girl Meets World… yet
  • Angus T. Jones is not leaving Two and a Half Men
  • Donal Logue misses Terriers as much as you do
  • Syfy is launching three new reality shows in early 2013
  • AMC orders dramas from the 1980s and the 1770s
  • The Blues Brothers is inching toward television
  • Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes is coming to NBC
  • Starz considers a Caesar-centric Spartacus spinoff
  • Emily Owens, M.D. will end after 13 episodes
  • Fox sets Mob Doctor‘s end date, moves Touch‘s return
  • FX gives premiere dates to Justified, Archer, and more
  • Comedy Central picks up Key & Peele for Season 3

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You can’t always count on your favorite shows to stay on the air as long as you’d like, but these days you can count on them to spark movie sequel rumors on their way out. Following the footsteps of Party Down, Veronica Mars, Entourage, 24 and what feels like every other show we can think of, FX’s cancelled Terriers is eyeing a comeback in the form of a TV movie.

The Ted Griffin-created drama starred Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as a pair of scruffy unlicensed PIs. A hit with critics but a flop with viewers, Terriers was axed in December 2010 after just one thirteen-episode season.

Of course, one big roadblock to reviving a cancelled series is convincing investors that a low-rated premise will actually draw an audience this time around. So series exec producer Shawn Ryan is considering turning to fans themselves to help fund the project, via Kickstarter. Read more after the jump.

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Ever since I started working on the /Filmcast, there have been two people I’ve always wanted to get onto the show that I haven’t been able to. Today, I cross one of those two names off my list (As for the other one, hopefully one day I can still get Heather Havrilesky to notice me…).

Shawn Ryan is one of the most exciting people working in the entertainment industry today. With an ear for crackling dialogue and a penchant for labyrinthine, satisfying plots, Ryan re-invigorates any genre he touches. He created the hit FX show The Shield, and was the showrunner on Lie To Me, Terriers, and The Unit. His newest show, The Chicago Code, airs on Fox on Monday nights and it’s one of my favorite new shows of 2011. In addition to watching it on TV, you can also see The Chicago Code on Hulu, Amazon, or iTunes. It’s well-worth your time to catch up now!

After the jump, read a full transcript (edited for clarity) of my 40-minute conversation with Shawn Ryan. It’s rare, in-depth look into what it’s like to create and manage a big-budget broadcast TV show and I’d urge you to give it a look. You can also download the audio from the interview through the /Filmcast.

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FX Cancels ‘Terriers’

FX has officially canceled the best show on television that you weren’t watching, after only one season. Terriers had strong critical acclaim and a cult following, but mainstream audiences never found it due to a variety of reasons: a horrible title, bad marketing, and a plot which wasn’t excitingly explainable in one quick sentence. The series, created by Ted Griffin and exec produced by Griffin, Shawn Ryan and Tim Minear, starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as a former cop and reformed-criminal who team up to practice Private Investigation.

I’m very sad to learn this news as I was a big fan and supporter of the series. I still strongly recommend that everyone and anyone check out the series on iTunes or whenever the DVDs are released. The first season presents a strong narrative arc worthy of viewing despite the show’s early cancelation.

via: Variety

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letmein_poster2This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss whether they’re going to see Star Wars in 3D, try and figure out if Zack Snyder would make a good Superman director, praise the claustrophobic pleasures of Buried, and ponder a Bourne franchise with no Jason Bourne. Special guest director Vincenzo Natali joins us for this episode. Vincenzo’s newest film, Splice, is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (10/17) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Never Let Me Go.

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the-town-movie-posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, and Adam Quigley discuss the merits of the newest movie from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan, praise the surprisingly good Easy A, debate just exactly how brilliantly Animal Kingdom was, and spend some time in The Town.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (9/26) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Catfish and share some thoughts on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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