To be honest, I was worried. Going back through the annals of television history (especially recent history) not much good usually comes from a switch in showrunners and I was worried that Wilfred, one of the most inventive and daring comedies currently airing, would experience the same ill fate. Well, it only took about four or five seconds of the third season to realize that FX’s comedic answer to LOST was going to be just fine.
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It seems like just yesterday that Wilfred became a part of FX’s lineup. However, the hit comedy starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann is actually prepping for its Season 3 release. On Monday, FX announced Season 3 will be returning to the schedule on Thursday, June 20 with special back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET.
Out of nowhere, FX has become the best network on television when it comes to comedy. Argue all you like but there isn't another channel that can even come close to matching the cabler's line-up that includes great series like Louie, It's Always Sunny and Wilfred. And it looks like they mean to keep it that way by locking up that last piece of the puzzle for another year with FX finally renewing Wilfred for a third season.
"Secrets" opens right where last week left off, with Ryan and Amanda patching things up as the former also plays wedding planner for his neighbor's wedding. You know, Jenna. The cute girl he started a will they-won't they relationship with only to find out that he had an unusual connection to her dog. But the feelings and "Resentment" are in the past and Amanda is Ryan's future. Unless the Season 2 finale's titular "Secrets" don't belong to Wilfred or pertain to his existence. I mean, who else could they be about besides, oh, anyone on the series?
This could be it, folks. And not just for the second season of Wilfred, that is assured, but quite possibly for the series. The Season 2 finale airs tomorrow night yet there is still no word on whether or not the FX comedy import from Australia will be renewed for a third. Maybe the network is keeping a few secrets until after the airing of "Secrets" in order to amp up the tension? Or could this be the last episode of the American version of Wilfred? We'll find out soon enough, for now here's a look at the finale...
For all the fans who 'took poison' over the series taking a week off, well, it's time to put the bad feelings aside and welcome Wilfred back with, uh, "Resentment," the second last episode of the season. Oh, sorry. That was a rough way to remind everyone that there is only one more Wilfred this year but it does make last night's installment that finds Wilfred, and by extension Ryan, being put in the position of ring-bearer at Jenna and Drew's Wedding all the more important. Does anyone resent, sorry, object to this union?
Sorry, folks. For those of you who expect to tune in to FX this week and see your favourite bromance with a twist, Wilfred will be sitting this one out. The comedy starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann will not appear in it's usual time slot but you can still catch a glimpse of the episode you think you should be watching! Next week's "Resentment" finally brings Jenna and Drew's wedding and who do you think is going to be the ring bearer? And a dog, even a man in a dog suit, can't walk himself down the aisle. Here's a preview.
Oh, "Questions." The series has certainly raised a few over the course of two seasons, and with the second is inching towards the end with the finale just two episodes away is it time that Wilfred started to address, well, Wilfred a little more head on? It seems like some answers into the man-dog's existence is exactly what fans have been waiting for and yet, taking away the mystery can often take away any interest in continuing to watch the show.
After what was a solid, yet fairly standard, episode of Wilfred last week with "Honesty," it look's like "Questions" will be anything but a traditional sitcom. The FX comedy is always at it's most exciting when it completely runs off the rails and leaves all trappings of traditional television comedy behind and while the premise has certainly been done before, a drug trip to find oneself, the preview makes "Questions" look unlike any that we've seen before.
In "Honesty," Wilfred once again delivered a fairly formulaic episode, yet, for a few reasons it managed to elevate itself above the few other equally unimaginative installments, like last week's disappointing "Service." The series still shines brightest when it takes big risks, both in terms of storytelling and cinematography, but of all of the more traditionally structured episodes, "Honesty" is one of Wilfred's finest. So why was this week more successful than most of the other similarly tame ones? Well, aside from being the best policy, "Honesty" had a lot of laughs and was simply a solid as an episodic sitcom. Yes, I know that sounds condescending.
This Thursday's Wilfred is called "Honesty" and once again, the preview doesn't really offer much by way of what the episode is about but instead a snapshot of weirdness taken way out of context. It is, however, always nice to see the FX comedy fully embracing its odd side since the best installments seems to be the ones furthest from any semblance of reality in terms of both the story and the cinematography. Speaking of the cinematography, it seems the boys will be making a short film of their own starring a gas-masked Ryan and a kitten. Something tells me Wilfred wrote the script, "let the first blood be spilled!"
Same as a lot of non-network comedy series, FX's Wilfred runs a shorter, 13 episode season and, since it started its second with a special preview, there are actually only four installments of the comedy left after last night. The previous two, "Avoidance" and "Truth," made it look like Wilfred was not only back on track by being more and more off the wall but it was also appropriately ramping up for the end of the year. Then the tease for "Service" showed Mary Steenburgen back as Ryan's mother Catherine which means things are only going to get crazier and even more complicated for our leading dog and his man.
A lot of the second season of Wilfred has been building towards the inevitable meeting, or more like confrontation, between Elijah Wood's Ryan and his still unseen father but this week's episode is more interested in the return of his other parent. That's right, get excited as "Service" sees the return of Mary Steenburgen as Catherine Newman, Ryan's mother who made her first and only appearance in the first season's "Compassion." Now that you're sufficiently excited, here's a preview for Thursday night's show...
Now we're getting somewhere! That somewhere may be weird but that's only fitting for a show centred around a suicide case and the canine best friend who he see's as a man in a dog suit. The preview for this week's episode of Wilfred made it look like the "Truth," was not going to just cause problems for our love struck leads but that Ryan and Amanda's relationship could actually tear at the very fabric of the show's reality. What wasn't hinted at in the preview, however, was Dwight Yoakam's compelling return as Bruce. Let the games begin!