TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Isolation”

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILDRED - Season 1 - "Isolation" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, George Coe, Eric Stoltz, Peter Stormare, Kelli Williams Writers: Steve Baldikoski & Bryan Behar, 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 18, 2011 Judging by the list of name actors in “Isolation” – George Coe, Eric Stoltz, Peter Stormare and Kelli Williams – let alone the whole series so far, WILFRED is clearly a popular destination for guest-starring gigs. Coincidentally, popularity, and the lack of it, is the topic of “Isolation,” which breezily […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Compassion”

Jason Gann and Mary Steenburgen in WILDRED - Season 1 - "Compassion" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Mary Steenburgen, John Michael Higgins, Rhea Perlman Writer: Patricia Breen, 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 18, 2011 We’ve known for awhile that Ryan (Elijah Wood), the human protagonist in WILFRED, suffers from all kinds of repression and self-doubt. The episode “Compassion” gets into the back story for Ryan’s personality when we meet his free-spirited mother Catherine (Mary Steenburgen), who has just spent twenty years in an upscale psychiatric facility. Catherine’s doctor […]Read On »

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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 – “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 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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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on AMERICAN HORROR STORY and TERRA NOVA

Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Tim Minear is an incredibly busy writer/producer and recently wrapped executive producing the Fox series THE CHICAGO CODE. He talked to us in this exclusive interview about what he’s been doing lately, including joining the staff on FX’s upcoming  AMERICAN HORROR STORY, created by GLEE’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. ASSIGNMENT X: You said you were working on TERRA NOVA during the last days of the writers room at your previous project, THE CHICAGO CODE. Are you still involved with TERRA NOVA? TIM MINEAR: I am finishing up now. AX: How is that going? MINEAR: That went great. I came […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED producer Graham Yost talks about Season Two

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED | ©2011 FX/Mark Seliger

FX’s JUSTIFIED, based on characters created by revered novelist Elmore Leonard, wraps up its second season tonight, Wednesday, at 10 PM. Fans of Timothy Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who copes with all sorts of complicated crime on his home Kentucky turf, can take solace that the hit series will be back for a third season (and probably more). Meanwhile, here’s what JUSTIFIED’s executive producer/adapter for television/show runner Graham Yost has to tell us about the show. ASSIGNMENT X: What kinds of questions do you ask yourself when you’re gearing up to make a new season? GRAHAM YOST: What’s a […]Read On »

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