TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Anger”

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Anger" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Nestor Carbonell Writers: Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Victor Nelli, Jr. Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 11, 2011 Given how WILFRED as a series sends up everything, almost the last thing one would expect in an episode is a note of sincere emotion, but that’s just how “Anger” ends. On its way, it deals once more with Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) awesome passivity in the face of verbal/emotional abuse, Wilfred’s (Jason Gann) diabolical behavior, some […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Pride”

Jane Kaczmarek in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Pride" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Jane Kaczmarek Writer: Jason Gann Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 4, 2011 One measure of a television series’ originality is whether its episodes could conceivably be done (with slight variations) on other shows. WILFRED usually answers this with a resounding “No!” This is certainly the case with “Pride,” where Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) reluctance to ask his sister Kristen (Dorian Brown) for financial assistance leads him into a strange predicament, with the whims of Wilfred (Jason Gann), as usual, at the root of it all. Ryan is hurting […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Conscience”

Chris Klein in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Conscience" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Chris Klein Writer: David Baldy Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 28, 2011 After playing with some strange metaphors for the past few weeks, WILFRED returns to a plot that makes sense, at least within the general craziness of a show about a guy who imagines his neighbor’s dog as a man in a dog suit. “Conscience” is amusing without being a laugh riot – on the other hand, it doesn’t encompass a huge “ick” factor. Human Ryan (Elijah Wood) and canine Wilfred (Jason Gann) are both seriously […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Respect”

Rashida Jones in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Respect" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Rashida Jones Writer: Michael Glouberman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 21, 2011 One has to hand it to the writers of WILFRED. They consistently come up with roundabout, intricate ways for Elijah Wood’s character Ryan to learn important life lessons after being repeatedly manipulated and abused by his neighbor’s dog Wilfred (Jason Gann), who Ryan and only Ryan sees as an Australian man in a dog suit. Conceptually, the notion of Ryan being taught that he shouldn’t court the opinions of others, especially based on false pretenses, […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Acceptance”

WILFRED - Season 1 - "Acceptance" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Ed Helms, Fiona Gubelmann Writer: Jason Gann Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 14, 2011 Come with me in the Wayback Machine, Sherman. Remember when the original PLANET OF THE APES came out in 1968? No? Well, it was hailed at the time for, among other things, its social satire. Talking apes could say and do things that, had humans been depicted doing the same, could have really annoyed some folks. Later, ALIEN NATION grappled with some of these things in the same way, and STAR TREK gave […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Fear”

Ethan Suplee, Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Fear" | ©2011 FX/Michael Yarish

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Ethan Suplee Writer: Eric Weinberg Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 7, 2011 In WILFRED’s third episode “Fear,”  Elijah Wood remains reliably engaging as protagonist Ryan but, strangely, his relationship with Wilfred (Jason Gann) – a dog that Ryan and only Ryan sees as a man in a dog suit – is beginning to wear out its welcome. This isn’t because Gann is any less committed in his weirdly immersive performance as the anthropomorphic canine, but rather because Wilfred is objectionable. If Wilfred is just a projection of Ryan’s subconscious, […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Trust”

Elijah Wood, Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Trust" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Fiona Gubelmann Writer: David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 30, 2011 The second episode of WILFRED revolves in large part around the endless credulity of main character Ryan (Elijah Wood). While a lot of this is funny, given Ryan’s previous experience with the duplicity of the canine Wilfred (Jason Gann), it seems like our human boy should now have a sense of when his leash is being yanked. Trying to get into the good graces of Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann), Ryan promises to take Wilfred to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season One premiere – “Happiness”

Jason Gann in WILDRED - Season 1 | ©2011 FX/Frank Ockenfels

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Fiona Gubelmann, J.P. Manoux, Gibson Bobby Sjobeck Writer: David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 23, 2011 Where everyone else sees a big, friendly, ordinary dog, Ryan (Elijah Wood) sees a man in a children’s theatre dog suit (Jason Gann). So goes the premise of FX’s new half-hour comedy WILFRED, adapted from the Australian series of the same name, created by Gann and Jason Zwar, which also starred Gann as the talkative, manipulative canine. In the opening episode, “Happiness,” Ryan makes multiple attempts at suicide, which succeed […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The HOBBIT prequels are officially named and given release dates

Director Peter Jackson on set THE HOBBIT | ©2011 Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson has earned enough good will in his impressive career, that he’s afforded a misstep or two every now and again. However, with the full titles for his new THE HOBBIT prequels to his LORD OF THE RINGS now officially announced, this may be one misstep that is going to haunt him for some time. The first film will be called THE HOBBIT: AN EXPECTED JOURNEY and hits theaters December 14, 2012, while the second, dubbed THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, arrives a year later on December 13, 2013. Jackson scripted the films with Fran Walsh, Philippa […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “Three Finalists Compete”

AMERICAN IDOL: The Final Three: L-R: Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina | | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: May 18, 2011 There was a lot of pomp and circumstance on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, this week. Lots of looking back at the final three and how they got this spot, but one more has to go before the finals during Season 10 of this powerhouse series. So I’m skipping all that filler (since they boosted it to two hours this week) and going right to the heart of the matter – the performances. Beyonce was the guest mentor this week […]Read On »

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