TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Resentment”

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Resentment" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Chris Klein, Allison Mack Writer: David Baldy, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: September 13, 2012 There are so many ways it could have happened that one hesitates to speculate, but somehow, the writers at WILFRED realized that, with characters Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and Drew (Chris Klein) planning their wedding, they would need a … ring-bearer. If you can’t figure out the in-joke here as it relates to Elijah Wood, who plays Ryan, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: It’s all in the family for WILFRED star Dorian Brown

Dorian Brown in WILFRED - Season 2 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In FX’s WILFRED, Elijah Wood plays Ryan Newman, whose mother is sweet but institutionalized, whose father is scarily intimidating, and whose sister Kristen, played by Dorian Brown, is often demanding, disapproving and imperious. Perhaps this is why Ryan sees his neighbor’s [Fiona Gubelmann] dog Wilfred – played by Jason Gann, who co-created the series with Adam Zwar – as an Australian man in a dog suit. Then again, who knows why Ryan sees Wilfred that way? Brown says she’s among those who are speculating about this question. The actress, born in North Carolina, was previously a series regular on the […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Questions”

Dorian Brown and Elijah Wood in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Questions" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Brad Dourif, Gil Birmingham Writers: Cody Heller & Brett Konner, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: August 30, 2012 It’s possible that WILFRED the show can’t get to the heart of what Wilfred (Jason Gann) the character really is without coming to a halt, but that doesn’t mean it can’t tease the question now and then. In “Questions,” writers Cody Heller & Brett Konner come up with a reasonably satisfying bait […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Service”

Mary Steenburgen as Catherine in WILFRED Service | (c) 2012 Michael Becker/FX

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Mary Steenburgen, Steven Weber, John Michael Higgins, Rob Riggle Writers: Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Telecast: August 16, 2012 Most WILFRED episodes are respectably, often outstandingly weird even, at those times they fail to be funny. “Service” is rarely funny, which is all right – but it’s not intriguingly peculiar, either, or even touching, apart from one moment at the end that requires knowledge of a Season One […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Truth”

Dwight Yoakam as Bruce on WILFRED "Truth" (c) 2012 Patrick McElhenney/FX

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dwight Yoakam, Allison Mack Writer: David Zuckerman, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: August 9, 2012 Usually, when people get emotional on WILFRED, it’s because they’ve made bad choices to land in a corner. However, in “Truth,” both Ryan (Elijah Wood) and his girlfriend Amanda (Allison Mack) wind up miserable, and the situation is played for drama rather than laughs. In bed, Ryan confesses to Amanda that he loves her, while Wilfred shows up in […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Avoidance”

Jason Gann and Elijah Wood in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Avoidance" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Eugene Byrd Writer: Jason Gann, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: August 2, 2012 When one of your two main characters is a dog, it stands to reason that he will do doglike things from time to time, even if he talks and stands on two legs and is played by series co-creator Jason Gann, who also wrote the WILFRED episode “Avoidance.” And let’s face it, sometimes dogs do things that […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Guilt”

Nestor Carbonell in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Guilt" | ©2012 FX/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Allison Mack, Nestor Carbonell Writer: Steve Tompkins, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: July 12, 2012 WILFRED often goes to extremes, and so it is with “Guilt,” an episode that on the one hand has Wilfred (Jason Gann) saying and doing even more provocative things than usual, and on the other has Ryan (Elijah Wood) and his sister Kristen (Dorian Brown) reaching epiphanies about their own behavior. Maybe guilt refers to excess on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: WILFRED star Jason Gann talks Season 2 and more

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

There are plenty of other TV series with characters who are former lawyers, but FX’s WILFRED is the only one where the lead, Ryan (played by Elijah Wood), sees his neighbor’s dog Wilfred, played by Jason Gann, as a man in a dog suit. Not only that, but Wilfred keeps urging Ryan to do some questionable things – and then Wilfred generally urges Ryan to undo whatever it was before calamity strikes. There origins of WILFRED are almost as uncommon as its premise. It started as a half-hour short film written by Gann and Adam Zwar (with Gann as Wilfred […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Dignity”

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Dignity" | ©2012 FX/Michael

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Allison Mack, Steven Weber, Rob Riggle Writers: Cody Haller & Brett Konner, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: July 5, 2012 With two episodes in a row that end up with Wilfred (Jason Gann) having unambiguously helped Ryan (Elijah Wood), “Dignity” seems to be part of a WILFRED Season 2 trend. It will be interesting to hear whether the WILFRED creative team has decided on this as a way to go with the series or […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Letting Go” – Season Premiere

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Letting Go" | ©2012 FX

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Chris Klein, Don Swayze Writers: Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: June 28, 2012 Last week’s bridge episode notwithstanding, “Letting Go” is the official first episode of WILFRED’s second season. While we spend a fair amount of time wondering who is going to let go of whom, or what, we can actually track what’s happening here. Not only do we remain in a single reality throughout, but Wilfred […]Read On »

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