FX gives out two series orders

Last pilots given green light are 'Terriers,' 'Lights Out'

FX put together a perfect pilot-to-series batting average this year with pickups to dramas "Terriers" and "Lights Out." Both shows have received 13-episode orders for summer and late 2010 launch, respectively.

With the pickups, coming on the heels of FX's series orders to Western drama "Lawman" and comedies "The League," "Archer" and "Louie," FX went 6-for-6 this year, picking up to series all six pilots it shot.

Overall, FX will have 11 original scripted series on the air in the next year, more than any other basic cable network.

"The series orders for 'Terriers' and 'Lights Out' cap off an unprecedented year of program development for FX," FX president and general manager John Landgraf said.

"Terriers," from Fox21, creator-executive producer Ted Griffin and exec producer Shawn Ryan, is a comedic drama starring Donal Logue as an ex-cop who partners with his best friend (Michael Raymond-James) to launch an unlicensed private investigation business. The pilot was directed by Craig Brewer.

"Lights Out," from Fox TV Studios, FX Prods., exec producer/showrunner Warren Leight and creator/exec producer Justin Zackham, stars Holt McCallany as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. Phillip Noyce and Ross Fineman also are exec producers on the series, whose pilot was directed by Clark Johnson.

While the pickup for "Terriers" came shortly after the pilot was delivered to the network, the one for "Lights Out" came after Light was brought in to tweak the pilot and pen two more scripts with Zackham. The project is expected to undergo significant recasting of the supporting players.

Landgraf had been planning to pick up at least one of the two projects to series but ended up ordering both.

"It's great to be back in business with Shawn Ryan, who ignited the network's successful run of original programming seven years ago with the launch of 'The Shield'," he said. "In 'Lights Out,' Warren Leight and Justin Zackham have delivered a very compelling character in Patrick "Lights" Leary, and we were just blown away by the performance of Holt McCallany in the lead role."