FX’s ‘Wilfred’: Elijah Wood Is Dog-Gone Crazy In New Trailer

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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FX’s latest original series is Wilfred, a half-hour comedy starring Elijah Wood as a suicidal manic-depressive and Jason Gann as a dog. This one’s going to be strange, folks.

Wilfred is yet another Americanized comedy adaptation, this time coming from the Australian show of the same name. The original was broadcast down under in 2007, with a second season airing just last year. Wilfred is based on a 2002 short film by comedy duo Adam Zwar and Jason Gann. Zwar has been replaced by Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the forthcoming prequel The Hobbit) for the American version, but Gann will reprise his role from the original series as Wilfred the pseudo-anthropomorphic dog.

The premise for Wilfred is without a doubt the weirdest to appear on TV in a long time. Ryan (Wood) is a neurotic, depressed man whose neighbor (Fiona Gublemann, Californication) asks him to watch her dog during the afternoons. The dog, at least from Ryan/the audience’s point of view, is a full-grown man in a bad costume. Ryan struggles to keep Wilfred under control as he begins to question his grip on reality.

The trailer shows off the quirky black humor that FX seems to be favoring with shows like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Archer. Ryan’s suicidal depression is played for laughs and Wilfred’s doggy interactions with his owner are exceedingly uncomfortable, in a good way. The series might just work, if writers can keep up the self-aware dialogue and situations and stay away from the disturbing furry undertones.

It’s a good thing that FX is picking this one up, because not many other channels (even on cable) would touch something as off-the-beaten-path as Wilfred. The network is known for pushing boundaries further than others, which will let the show stay true to its foreign roots – broadcast standards in Australia are more forgiving of coarse language and naughty behavior, the latter of which is on display in abundance in the first video.

Check out the trailer below:

In other news, Chris Klein (American Pie) and Rashida Jones (The Office) will join the cast for a first season arc. Klein will play a short-term boyfriend to Gublemann’s character, while Jones will play a hospice employee in the fifth episode.

If the show follows in the footsteps of the Aussie original, Wilfred will make life difficult for the Klein’s would-be suitor character. No word yet on how Jones’ character will play into Wilfred’s unique storyline.


Wilfred premieres in June on FX.

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Source: TV Line

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  1. Seen some previews for this while watching Archer and they got me interested. Glad this will be on in the summer so it’s not up against regular programming.

  2. This looks so promising. I know I’m gonna love this one.

  3. I’ll definitely check it out.

  4. When I first heard of Wilfred’s premise, I thought… well, I didn’t know what to think. But after seeing the original and now this trailer, it looks to be unique, quirky and yes, hilarious. I think now it will have some great comedic elements that hasn’t been seen before. I’m looking forward to it!


  6. looks awsome.

  7. Yep, I’ll be watching this XD

  8. it’s absolutely bloody hilarious! So glad you guys are seeing the original Wilfred character.

  9. I am extreamly happy that Elijah Wood is finall one a tv show that I would of watched even if he wasn’t on it!
    This will surly make me watch T.V. again!

  10. So after seeing a preview for this for the first time, I was a little bit confused. I recognized Elijah from Lord of the Rings and knew I had to check this out. I will definitely be watching this when it airs.

  11. The original is one of the greatest shows ever to be broadcast on Australian television. I hope they don’t tone it down for US TV!!

  12. This is so asinine.

  13. I absolutely LOVE Wilfred! I think it is so awesome that a show this deep is not on something like Showtime. Thank you FX for playing a show this awesome! Of course I had to check it out because I am a big Elijah Wood fan and the concept of the show is hilarious! I am rooting for a season two!!!

  14. I’m a big fan of this show. So big I’m actually selling the Wilfred costume. I have a feeling it’s gonna be huuuuuuuuuuuuge.