The day has finally arrived. The premier of the television series, “Terriers”, shot mostly in Ocean Beach, is this evening on FX at 10pm. For months, OBcieans have endured blocked streets, parking taken, lighting mechanisms in front of their fave stores on Newport, throngs of spectators hanging around the film crews, and quite a bit of controversy and complaints. There was even that nude swimmer who disrupted one filming.
Well, OB survived the shooting itself. And there is a special showing tonight, September 8th, at the Harp on Newport Avenue in OB. Ted, the owner of the Old Townhouse Restaurant – where at least several scenes of the series were shot – and his wife have organized this special showing. They have set up the equipment in preparation for the novel event. Ted says people should get there by 9pm as he also has a short half hour film he is also premiering before “Terriers” is broadcast.
The airwaves, blogosphere, and pages of Hollywood media have been bursting with a cacophony of articles and interviews of the actors and the show itself, directed by Adam Arkin.
Here is a money quote by Donal Logue, one of the main characters in the series, which has sold 13 episodes:
And I think it was such a great idea these guys had to go down there, because there’s something about San Diego that is quite different than Los Angeles, and something specifically about Ocean Beach’s community that we shot in, that it’s still this kind of working-class enclave that’s right on the beach that really fought hard against having big, kind of corporate condo development, no-Starbucks-type stuff, and it really gave us this kind of foothold to create this universe in.” Ocean Beach is a small community just outside of downtown San Diego and is the heart of the series.
Keep this all in mind: a “working-class enclave”, “that really fought hard against having big, kind of corporate condo development, no-Starbucks-type stuff …” OB was picked for the site of the series precisely because of the battles to “save Ocean Beach” over the years.
OB survived the actual filming, but will OB survive the “success” that the TV series might bring?
Here is a sampling of articles about the show making the rounds: