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: LOUIE – Season 3 – “Telling Jokes / Set Up”

Louie C.K. in LOUIE - Season 2 | ©2012 FX

Stars: Louie C.K. Writer: Louie C.K. Director: Louie C.K. Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: July 7, 2012 The second episode of the third season of LOUIE once again proves why the show is so brilliant and dry, weird and strangely honest. “Telling Jokes / Set Up” begins with Louie sitting around the table with his kids (his TV kids that is) and seeing how his young girls have their own ability to tell silly jokes that are quite funny in their own way. Then, the episode jumps to his stand-up discussing his kids in a lovingly affectionate way. That’s the […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Season 1 – “Charlie Tries Sleep Deprivation”

Charlie Sheen and Shawnee Smith in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 - "Charlie Tries Sleep Deprivation" | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson, Writer:  Dave Caplan Director:  Bob Koherr Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: July 7, 2012 It’s no surprise why the Sheen (pun intended) is off in the second week of the new FX series ANGER MANAGEMENT. Everyone wanted to see what happened after Charlie Sheen was fired from TWO AND A HALF MEN and what jumping into a brand new sitcom would bring. The results were so-so in its first week – nothing earth-shattering funny, some potentially interesting characters yet it was a sitcom still in […]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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TV Review: LOUIE – Season 3 – “Something Is Wrong” – Season Premiere

LOUIE - Season 3 - Something Is Wrong

Stars: Louie C.K. Writer: Louie C.K. Director: Louie C.K. Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: June 28, 2012 While WILFRED really got a lot of press last year on FX for being strange, groundbreaking, funny and utterly perplexing all rolled up in one, it’s taken three seasons for people to finally discover what a brilliant, unique and bizarre FX show LOUIE is. I caught a Season 2 episode one night on FX and was totally sucked in. It was suberverive, strange and very funny. And that’s why I was excited to see what comedian Louie C.K. had in store for the […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Season 1 – “Charlie Goes Back To Therapy” – Series Premiere

Charlie Sheen in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson Teleplay and Television Story:  Bruce Helford Director:  Andy Cadiff Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: June 28, 2012 All eyes have been on former TWO AND A HALF MEN star Charlie Sheen ever since last year’s meltdown and his subsequent rehabilitation tour which culminates with the debut of his new comedy on FX called ANGER MANAGEMENT. After getting fired from MEN in one of the most deranged downward spirals in history, Sheen has somehow found a way to rise from the ashes and work through his […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Progress”

Robin Williams in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Progress" | ©2012 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Robin Williams, Steven Weber, Chris Klein Writer: David Zuckerman, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 21, 2011 Expecting answers out of WILFRED is becoming like expecting Lucy to hold the football for Charlie Brown. By the end of “Progress,” which is billed not as the start of Season 2 but as a special episode, we are as or more bewildered than Ryan (Elijah Wood). This is saying something, considering that the poor guy […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Romany Malco gets to THINK LIKE A MAN

Romany Malco in THINK LIKE A MAN | ©2012 Screen Gems

Actor/comic Romany Malco is actually in the middle of moving from Los Angeles to Brooklyn during this phone conversation – workers periodically ask him questions and his American bulldog Doodles occasionally gives a contented-sounding “Woof” in the background. Despite this, Malco seems remarkably focused and friendly as he discusses his new romantic comedy movie THINK LIKE A MAN, the animated FX comedy UNSUPERVISED, his new social network/TV project ROMANY MEETS HIS FRIENDS and more. ASSIGNMENT X: What is THINK LIKE A MAN about? ROMANY MALCO: It’s really about women trying to think about how to think like a man, and […]Read On »

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