“There is no box,” is not just an FX Network motto, it’s a way of life.
Or at least that was our takeaway from today’s chain of events surrounding the unfortunate cancellation of TERRIERS.
After-all, as any seasoned television critic or fan can attest, there is a good way and a bad way to cancel a beloved series. And while it’s never a a fun part of our job to report that a handful of hard working and incredibly talented writers, actors and crew members just lost their jobs, one would be hard-pressed to find fault in the manner in which the FX Network as a whole conducted itself.
Suffice to say, if TERRIERS were on any other network, we would not be talking about its cancellation mere days after the season finale aired. Rather, a Network Executive not wishing to deal with the inevitable blowback and negative press would more than likely choose to bury their head in the sand in the hopes that critics and fans would get the message when [insert your favorite show here] is conspicuously left off next season’s Fall schedule.
Luckily for us, FX President John Landgraf is not any other Network Executive. He’s a stand up guy who earlier today did something almost unheard of in Hollywood: He took accountability. Organizing a conference call with reporters in which he transparently and honestly discussed the reasons behind the network’s decision to cancel the critically acclaimed series, and in the process, honored everyone involved in the series whether they were in front of, behind the camera, or simply watched the series from home.
Evidently, there is a reason TERRIERS Executive Producer Shawn Ryan took to his twitter account to tweet “Don’t Blame FX They’re still 1st class,” effectively defending the Network that just put him out of a job.
Memo to ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and the CW, take note.