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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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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