FX boasts an impressive comedic slate with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Archer ruling the fall season. The network seems intent on building the same kind of 'must-see' lineup for their summer schedule, adding Charlie Sheen's Anger Management and Russell Brand's Brand X to a Thursday night that already includes Louis C.K.'s Emmy nominated Louie as well as the second season of Wilfred.
One of the best new comedies last season, Wilfred was created by Jason Gann, Adam Zwar and Tony Rogers and adapted from their Australian series of the same name. The oddball comedy stars Elijah Wood as Ryan and Gann as the titular man's best friend. Ryan has a problem. When he looks at Wilfred he doesn't see a dog like the rest of the world, he sees a man in a dog suit. More over, the man in the dog suit can talk, not to mention smoke a lot of weed and cause his new friend a whole pile of trouble. I think I've come to love the show so much because it is essentially Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes" except way raunchier. And way darker.
The conceit is great and leads to some really big laughs but the main reason the show works so well is the chemistry between the leads. Wood and Gann are fantastic together, as you can see in the the latest teaser, and I can't wait for the show's return in just under a month. In fact, I will be recapping the second season of the series, and if the cinematography is anywhere near as good as these promo images, from EP David Zuckerman's twitter account, they have nothing to worry about regarding the look. The laughs? Well, we'll see.
The first is an homage to "Peanuts" with Ryan in the Charlie Brown position and Wilfred rocking a smoking Snoopy. It's not just a clever nod to pop culture though, it's also a beautifully composed image. I'd love to get a copy of this first print.
The following two pics also showcase the Lynchian color scheme where the everything is so bright on the surface, belying the darker world underneath. Not to mention the visual dog jokes with the humping...
and the hypnotic tennis ball.
All three pieces are really gorgeous but I'd love to get a copy of the first print. What do you think? Wilfred premieres Thrusday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET on FX. It stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann.