TV Review: WILFRED – Season 4 – “Amends” – Season Premiere

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Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, James Remar Writers: Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn. Network: FXX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 25, 2014 WILFRED has moved to a new network – FX’s sister channel FXX – for its final season, but it’s up to its same old tricks, having us ask what the heck is going on. Whether this was the intent all along or the show runners decided they’d gone a tennis ball too far at the […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 3 – “Regrets” – Season Finale

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 3 - "Regrets" | ©2013 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Chris Klein, James Remar, Mary Steenburgen, Kristen Schaal 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 @ 10 PM Airdate: September 5, 2013 WILFRED is a very unpredictable show – it’s not like this series about a man who sees his neighbor’s dog as a man in a dog suit is playing by any kind of rule book – but if there is one thing we could absolutely count on, it was […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 3 – “Sincerity”

Jenny Mollen in WILFRED - Season 3 - "Sincerity" | ©2013 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Jenny Mollen Writer: Jason Gann, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn. Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 27, 2013 On the face of it, it seems like it could be risky to put the character Wilfred (Jason Gann), a dog that his human friend Ryan (Elijah Wood) and the audience see as a man in a dog suit, in scenes with real canines. The episode “Sincerity” proves otherwise, as having real dogs behaving like themselves just underscores the projection […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 3 – “Comfort”

Jason Gann, Zachary Knighton, Elijah Wood, Vincent M. Ward, Dixie Perkinson and Jim Mahoney in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Comfort" | ©2013 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Chris Klein, Zachary Knighton Writers: Cody Heller & Brett Conner, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn. Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 20, 2013 The second episode, “Comfort,” of WILFRED’s two-episode third-season premiere sees Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and new husband Drew (Chris Klein) returned from their honeymoon. Wilfred (Jason Gann) thinks they’ve returned from the dead, which requires Ryan (Elijah Wood) to explain that people don’t come back when they die. A combination of jealousy over Ryan’s friendship with […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Secrets” – Season Finale

Elijah Wood in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Secrets" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Allison Mack, Chris Klein, Eugene Byrd Writers: David Zuckerman and Scott Prendergast, 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 20, 2012 WILFRED ends its second season on a note of genuine mystery with “Secrets,” which hints that Wilfred may have been around for longer than we, or even he, ever imagined. As Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and Drew (Chris Klein) prepare to walk down the aisle that’s been made for them in […]Read On »

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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 – “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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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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