“We’ve heard some great things about the show, so we’re hoping it will be successful,” said Denny Knox, exective director of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. “It seems like it has gotten really good reviews and I’m hoping that translates out.”
In April, production crews took over Ocean Beach for a few weeks during the filming for “Terriers.” In online promotions for the show, various locations around Ocean Beach are featured and the storyline takes place in Ocean Beach.
“We’re all just really excited. They call Ocean Beach ‘Ocean Beach,’” Knox said. “They don’t call it another city. And we have our own police department [in the show].”
Scott Seomin, FX’s vice president of public relations, said about 70 percent of the show was actually shot in Ocean Beach, with other filming taking place in a sound stage that resembles a police precinct.
“Terriers” is the brainchild of creator and executive producer Ted Griffin of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Matchstick Men,” and executive producer Shawn Ryan of “The Shield.” The show stars Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James.
According to producers, the show is about Hank Dolworth (Logue), an ex-cop who partners with his best friend, Britt Pollack (Raymond-James), in an unlicensed private investigation business. It is billed as comedic, edgy and original.
“This is something we worked very hard to get,” said Cathy Anderson, film commissioner and CEO of the San Diego Film Commission. “It included taking the mayor to Los Angeles to meet with the head of the television division of 20th Century Fox. The mayor bent over backward to do things to try to make them comfortable filming here.”
Including the upcoming pilot, 13 episodes will fill out season one of “Terriers” — none of which have a set air date. Episode titles include “Fustercluck,” “Agua Caliente” and “Pimp Daddy.”
“Terriers” was shot locally in April. Knox said the presence of the film crews had a positive economic impact at a time when it was much needed.
“While they were filming, that was just the height of the economy going south on us in San Diego,” Knox said. “They came in with all their people, they employed a lot of [local] people and some merchants were paid for [using] their locations.”
Anderson said the “Terriers” crew hired 100 local crew people and hundreds of extras each week during shooting. She estimated the crew made a total economic infusion of more than $20 million during the stay.
“They spent millions and millions here,” Anderson said.
For locals wanting a theater-type viewing atmosphere in Ocean Beach during the airing of pilot, The Harp and Old Townhouse Restaurant are holding a “Terriers” watch party. Knox said the Newport Avenue neighbors are banding together to house the viewing.
For more information about “Terriers” or to see a trailer and other videos from the show, visit www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/terriers.