Wilfred, the bizarre series starring Jason Gann in a dog suit and Elijah Wood as his best friend Ryan, is part of an interesting new comedy line-up on FX. The network has been busy showing off the summer schedule, teasing both the third season of Louie and the premiere of Charlie Sheen's Anger Management just yesterday.
And I'd imagine the first look at Russell Brand's Strangely Uplifting can't be far behind, especially since these four new Wilfred spots aren't even the first for this season of the canine comedy. We were already treated to the show's pair eating 'Spaghetti' an intimate Lady and the Tramp homage and playing a nice game of 'Fetch' but Wilfred still has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve. Seriously. Take a look at these clever new previews for the upcoming season, clips that appear to have been made especially for promotional purposes and won't appear in the program. I like that. Good boy!
They're all pretty effective for 20 second spots. The first spoofs the idea of a seeing eye dog being worse off than is blind companion because of a bad case of flatulence. I love the chemistry between the pair so Gann and Wood just hanging out on a bench shooting the shit is appealing enough, even if it is about farts.
Here the are boys talking shop with Ryan asking when Wilfred first mounted a bitch (sorry) and, as the title implies, his answer is 'six months.' They slide in the dog years reference but I'm pretty sure that would still make the pup 3 and a half for his first sexual encounter which is, well, probably fitting for a series about a suicidal man who sees a man dressed in a dog suit instead of a dog.
The third finds Ryan softening up a nice bowl of kibble for Wilfred to eat for lunch before he sits down to join him. Of course, Wilfred wants to return the favor (?), probably thinking that his best friend also has vulnerable teeth, or just a little pissy for having to eat sloppy kibble, so he dumps water all over Ryan's food as well. That's what friends are for.
Lastly, the series plays with the classic keg of bourbon on a St. Bernard in the snow image, but this time when Ryan looks to Wilfred for help in the cold (a line delivered perfectly by Wood), well, he's already taken a few swigs himself. The more I think about it, the more I realize the show is just a really messed up version of Calvin and Hobbes. Oh, and speaking of more.
Wilfred premieres Thrusday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET on FX. It stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann. It was created by Jason Gann, Adam Zwar and Tony Rogers and adapted from their Australian series of the same name.