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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Exclusive Interview: WILFRED star Jason Gann on Season 2 and beyond

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

“This is great,” Jason Gann says of the view of greater Los Angeles from the balcony of the penthouse club where Fox and FX are holding a party for their actors, writers, producers and the Television Critics Association. Australian transplant Gann is the title star and co-creator of WILFRED, which has its second-season finale tonight on FX at 10 PM. Gann and Adam Zwar originally made WILFRED as a short, which became a series for two years on Australian television, before being adapted by David Zuckerman for a new version on U.S. TV. In all of them, Gann stars as […]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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Exclusive Interview: Selma Blair deals with ANGER MANAGEMENT

Selma Blair in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 | ©2012 FX

ANGER MANAGEMENT has had ten successful episodes on FX basic cable. FX had made an unprecedented deal with the show’s producers, who include star Charlie Sheen – if the half-hour comedy did well enough in its initial ten, FX would pick up ninety more episodes, probably the biggest back-end order in the history of scripted TV. As ANGER MANAGEMENT creator/executive producer Bruce Helford points out, the series is produced at an accelerated speed, shooting two episodes a week. “There’s no real rehearsal for the show,” he explains. “Literally, the actors get the lines, we see the scene on its feet, […]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: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Season 1 – “Charlie Dates Kate’s Patient”

Shawnee Smith, Kristen Renton and Charlie Sheen in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 - "Charlie Dates Kate's Patient" | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson, Writer: Shauna McGarry Director: Sam Simon Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: July 28, 2012 Several weeks in and ANGER MANAGEMENT is still struggling to find its voice and tone. There are sparks of potential here and there, but it’s a series that still has an identity crisis. With “Charlie Dates Kate’s Patient” the premise is pretty much laid out in the title. Charlie (Charlie Sheen) has been sleeping with his long time booty call Kate (Selma Blair) for some time. Even after she started to […]Read On »

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