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