‘Wilfred’ Casts ‘Lost’ Alum Nestor Carbonell & Guest Stars

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 9:36 pm,

FX’s quirky down-under import Wilfred is fleshing out its guest cast in preparation for a June debut. Among the players: Lost‘s Nestor Carbonell, Parks and Recreations regular Rashida Jones, and many others.

If you haven’t heard by now, Wilfred is a half-hour comedy about a man who sees his neighbor’s dog in a different light. Ryan (Elijah Wood) perceives Wilfred (original co-creator Jason Gann) as an uninhibited guy in a dog suit, while everyone else sees, well, a dog.

Carbonell gained the public eye by playing Richard Alpert on Lost. Keen readers will also recognize him as Gotham City’s mayor in The Dark Knight and a gun for hire in Smokin’¬†Aces. He’s been making the rounds since the early 90s, guest starring on shows like Scrubs, Psych and Cold Case. In Wilfred, however, he’ll be playing “Dr. Ramos” (perhaps a psychiatrist?).

Rashida Jones is on the rise after a role in the Facebook docu-drama The Social Network. She’s been playing Ann Perkins on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and has an ongoing recurring role on fellow Thursday comedy The Office. She’s also appeared in comedy films like I Love You Man and Cop Out.

Other guest stars include Malcolm in the Middle mom Jane Kaczmarek, The Hangover star Ed Helms, and Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Mary Steenburgen, who’ll be playing the mother of Elijah Wood’s character.

FX has been pushing Wilfred hard, featuring multiple short and long previews during its high-profile finales of Archer and Justified. Early reviews are positive, and Wilfred‘s Aussie progenitor did well too, so it’s not hard to see why the network is filling up the first season’s episodes with notable guest stars.

Wilfred will join FX regulars Louie and Rescue Me for their summer premieres. If it does well (and considering the marketing muscle behind it, the pilot should at least pick up a few viewers) expect a quick renewal.

Wilfred premieres June 23rd on FX.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. All I know is that’s the dude that had eye make up in the dark Knight

  2. Watching Justified I get to see commercials for this show a lot. I use to just FF them or ignore them until I watched one finding out the possible reason he may be seeing a man in a dog suit instead of a dog.

    It has now piqued my curiosity and I may end up watching it. Of course the first couple of episodes all I will hear is “THEY LITTLE ONES!”

  3. lol, WHY this show? Like AKnot I do have enough initial interest to at least watch an episode or two but I really don’t know how this show is going to keep people interested for 5+ years. There just doesn’t seem to be enough raw material to keep people watching imho.

    • Let me ask you this mongoose…. would you be more (or less) interested if you knew it had a begining middle and end?

      My wife is Spanish and she watches Spanish soaps. What I found interesting is they end…. I was shocked. All my knowledge on soaps come from All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (DIAMONDS!), etc.

      So if Wilfred and other shows (not all mind you) catered to an over all story with a predefined end do you think it would work better for the viewer? While I understand some of the suits like to milk it for all its worth (and has ruined IMO a few shows – LOST) and we may never see it what do you think?

      I think there are shows that could/should attmept this and just think if the writing is done intelligently it should come off fairly well.

      So Wilfred would be season 1 about him his issues and why he is the way he is. Season 2 him grasping the concept finally understanding what is going on and say season 3 what he decides to do with said revelations.

      I think I could appreciate that even more then say a show that goes on for 5+ years.

      • Personally I am a believer in a series that has a story thread that runs through it but not to the point that it pre-defines it’s ending date.

        So while I do believe a show should end on a high note and not be praying for renewal every year, by having that rigid timeline means a show can go before its time. LOST is a perfect example of this. There really was a lot more of the story that could have been told )and we would have happily watched it) but because they had plan X Y Z it really ended prematurely. I know they added a few episodes to stretch the series out a bit longer than originally intended but that wasn’t part of the initial plan so it really doesn’t fit what I’m talking about.

        Conversely, a good example of what I like is ST:DS9. They spent the first few seasons finding their sea legs and being very episodic but eventually they hit the story thread that the show needed; The war with the Dominion. Once they had that thread all subsequent episodes revolved around it. They could do shows that weren’t necessarily about the war but it was always in the background. They then do an episode (or episodes) that would then progress that story thread. They knew where the end was but how long it took to get there was open ended. After 7 years though they decided it was time so they ended the story, the war and the show at the right time.

        Of course both of those examples were more dramas while Wilfred is a sitcom which are notorious for being thin on having a story thread. Look at 2 1/2 Men, 7 seasons and nothing much has changed since Alan got divorced and moved in with his brother. So I don’t know.

        Not really sure what relevance all that has to the topic but……the comment I made about lack of working material is, this show is about a guy who sees his girlfriends dog as a human in a dog suit. That’s pretty much it! I’m just not understanding how that premise is going to work before it gets long in the tooth. I will give it a shot though.

        • Well considering the reason (I think) why he starts seeing the dog as such plays a big role in that.

          Hence the reason I asked what I did. If this story is coming in as a black/dark comedy where a man questions why he is in existence it could be great if it had a start a middle and an end.

          Not a start…. oo people love it lets run it into the ground which could ruin a good idea. So instead on not really caring you have a bit of a vested intreset as you know there will be an end, its planned and it should flow with the story.

          I dont know just talkign out loud… :D

  4. How can you write about Nestor Carbonell’s previous roles without mentioning his epic portrayal of Batmanuel in The Tick? Tsk, tsk, for shame.

  5. Wow, that kind of talent for a COMEDY? Come ON.