'Terriers': This dog is on the D-list

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Donal Logue, left, and Michael Raymond-James star in Donal Logue, left, and Michael Raymond-James star in the new detective drama "Terriers," which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX. Photo Credit: FX

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REASON TO WATCH: FX continues to bulk up in drama - although this is technically a dramedy - with this newcomer from Shawn Ryan ("The Shield").

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX

Recovered alcoholic Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue) is a retired cop - presumably with the LAPD - who abandoned the booze but couldn't quite abandon the passion he had for the job. So, he launches a private detective agency with the help of a pal and (also reformed) small-time crook, Britt Pollack (Michael Raymond-James, most recently in "True Blood").

Good guys with a sense of right, they also have a habit of occasionally getting stuff wrong. Finally, they get some beginner's luck. A former colleague of Dolworth's needs them to find his daughter. The search leads them to a lavish mansion that overlooks the Pacific, and they stumble - which they tend to do a lot - into a sensational case that will launch their business.

As for the genesis of show's title? They decide they need a name, and a mascot, that best describes how dogged (pun, of course, intended) they are. They just can't decide what sort of mascot that would be.


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The bloodlines here are pretty much beyond dispute. You've got Ryan, and co-creator Ted Griffin, who wrote the screenplay for "Ocean's Eleven." You've got Logue, James and Rockmond Dunbar (C-Note from "Prison Break") who plays Dolworth's ex-partner. These are writers' writers and actors' actors. So how did "Terriers" turn into such a mutt? It's lackadaisical, weary, bland and off-center. The latter is the chief problem: Hank and Britt's stumblebum antics are meant to pass for endearing bromance comedy routines - an updated, FX-ified Maddie Hayes-David Addison "Moonlighting" riff. Instead, they pass for nonsense. Would-be detectives this inept and clueless make you wonder how they performed in their previous occupations, much less their current one.


A rare FX woof, er, whiff.


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