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P.I.s and TKOs for FX

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With Jay Leno on five nights a week, somebody has to make dramas at 10 p.m., and increasingly that somebody is FX. Having already ordered the promising-looking Lawman for next year, the network adds to is stable of largely testosteron-ey dramas with two more drama orders for 2010. Terriers stars Donal Logue (pictured) as an unlicensed private eye, while in Lights Out, an ex-boxer with money troubles ponders becoming a “debt collector.” Excerpts from the release after the jump:

FX continues its unprecedented ramp up of original programming with the network today placing series orders of two new dramas, Terriers and Lights Out, announced FX President and General Manager John Landgraf. FX has ordered 13 episodes of each series, with Terriers tentatively slated to premiere next summer and Lights Out in late 2010.

Terriers, from Creator/Executive Producer Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) and Executive Producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), is a comedic drama starring Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve, Damages) and Michael Raymond-James (True Blood). It centers on “Hank Dolworth” (Logue), an ex-cop who partners with his best friend “Britt Pollack” (Raymond-James) to launch an unlicensed private investigation business. The duo, both struggling with maturity issues, solve crimes while avoiding danger and responsibility. Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, The Shield) directed the pilot episode. Terriers is produced by Fox 21.

Lights Out, from Executive Producer/Showrunner Warren Leight (In Treatment) and Creator/Executive Producer Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), 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. Financial problems leave him at a perilous crossroads – battling the urge to return to boxing or reluctantly accepting a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector. Clark Johnson (The Shield, The Wire) directed the pilot episode. Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) and Ross Fineman are also Executive Producers. Lights Out is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.