Elijah Wood Talks WILFRED, Looking back on the Show during Its Final Season, His Character’s Paranoia, What He Kept from the Set, and His Upcoming Projects

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Currently in its final season, the FX comedy Wilfred follows Ryan (Elijah Wood), a young man who is still questioning his sanity while learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.  As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.

During this recent interview to talk about the show’s final season and to reflect back on the entire experience, actor Elijah Wood talked about where Ryan’s level of paranoia is, at this point, what he thinks the legacy of Wilfred will be, if there is a storyline or character he wishes was explored more deeply, what he’ll remember most about being a part of the show, what he took from the set, and what he has coming out next, as an actor and as a producer.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

THE STRAIN to Premiere on FX July 13th; Premiere Dates Announced for TYRANT, WILFRED, THE BRIDGE, and More

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FX and FXX have announced summer premiere dates for its upcoming series.  Briefly:

  • The Strain (July 13th) – The FX adaptation of the horror trilogy comes from creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, telling the story of a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism.  Cory Stoll and Sean Astin star, and del Toro directed the pilot.
  • Tyrant (June 24th) – The new FX drama series from Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon revolves around an American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.  David Yates directed the pilot.
  • Wilfred (June 25th) – The comedy series returns for its fourth and final season on FXX, starring Elijah Wood.
  • The Bridge (July 9th) – The second season of the FX drama continues the relationship between Demian Bichir’s Mexican police officer and his American counterpart, played by Diane Kruger.
  • Married (July 17th) – The new FX comedy series starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer tells the story of being “miserably in love.”
  • You’re the Worst (July 17th) – Another new FX comedy series revolving around a new relationship.

Hit the jump to read full synopses for the aforementioned series.

Elijah Wood Talks WILFRED Season 3, His Idea of What Wilfred Actually Is, Growing Over the Course of the Series, Trying on the Dog Suit, and More

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The FX comedy Wilfred has returned for Season 3, and Ryan (Elijah Wood) is still learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.  As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s third season, actor Elijah Wood talked about keeping a sense of ambiguity, as to what Wilfred is, that he has his own idea for what Wilfred actually is, how he believes the show has to be resolved or move in a certain direction, at a certain point, how the sense of growth over three seasons helps keep the character fresh for him, his favorite moment from this season, how it’s been harder for him to keep a straight face, the importance of Bear to the story, what it was like to have Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) play Ryan’s therapist, and how he tried on the dog suit for himself, this year.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New to Blu-ray: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, 21 AND OVER, STOKER, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

John Landgraf (President & General Manager of FX Networks) Talks POWERS, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, WILFRED, JUSTIFIED, ANGER MANAGEMENT and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager of FX Networks John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series, new shows, and what they see as possibilities for their future line-up.  During the interview, he spoke about the status of American Horror Story as a mini-series and the differences in Season 2, the positive futures for both Wilfred and Justified, the possibility of the back 90 episode pick-up for Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, why Sons of Anarchy always gets overlooked for Emmy Awards nominations, whether Powers might still make it to the air, and their pilots for The Americans (starring Kerri Russell), Bronx Warrants (from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico) and The Bridge (based on the Danish series of the same name).  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Comic-Con: WILFRED Stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann and Dorian Brown Talk About the Raunchy FX Comedy

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When a man walks around in a dog costume at Comic-Con, hardly anyone blinks an eye, and perhaps the reason why is that Wilfred, the FX comedy starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, is a good fit for the pop culture event.  On the show, Wood plays Ryan, a former lawyer struggling with manic depression, who offers to watch his neighbor’s dog, Wilfred (Gann), as a way to get to know her better, but to Ryan, Wilfred is a man dressed in a dog suit.

The second season is already underway, and its dark humor and clever dialogue has attracted the attention of some big-time guest stars, including Robin Williams, who appeared in the first episode as Ryan’s therapist.  Other guest stars this season will include Dwight Yoakam and Mary SteenburgenElijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann (who plays Ryan’s neighbor, Jenna) and Dorian Brown (who plays Ryan’s sister, Kristen) spoke with members of the press about how the rest of Season 2 will unfold.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: WILFRED Panel Screens “Crowning Achievement” Episode That You Won’t See on FX

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Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, and producers David Zuckerman and Randall Einhorn were on hand to present a new episode at the Wilfred Comic-Con panel.  Wood referred to it as their “crowning achievement.”  That is true, if the standard is the most depraved scenario they could conceive—to the point where you’ll never see the whole thing on television—interspersed with some Footloose-era dance montages.  Hit the jump for a recap of the panel.

David Zuckerman Talks WILFRED, Expanding the Show’s Universe, and Plans for Comic-Con

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After a season of laughs and outrageous hilarity, the FX series Wilfred ended Season 1 with some shocking revelations that left the mental sanity of Ryan (Elijah Wood) in question. Although Season 2 has already provided some answers, there are still bigger mysteries revolving around the young man’s unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, showrunner/executive producer/writer David Zuckerman talked about the reaction he got from the Season 1 finale, expanding Ryan’s universe this season, delving deeper into Ryan’s family, how Robin Williams ended up guest starring, the biggest challenges of shooting with such a crazy production schedule (they shot all the odd-numbered episodes, and then all the even-numbered episodes, which made for some interesting continuity issues), and their plans for this year’s Comic-Con. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Charlie Sheen’s ANGER MANAGEMENT Debut Sets Cable Record

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It turns out America’s morbid fascination with love for Charlie Sheen has not diminished.  After a very public meltdown led to his dismissal from CBS juggernaut Two and a Half Men last year, the troubled star took his act to FX last night.  The first two episodes of his new sitcom Anger Management debuted to the best ratings for a scripted comedy in cable history (not including kids’ shows).  Episode one, at 9 pm, topped all-time records in both overall viewers (5.47 million) and the key 18-49 demographic (2.65 million).  Episode two, at 9:30, bested it by attracting 5.74 mil total and 2.89 mil in the 18-49 demo. As a point of reference, more typical FX comedy Wilfred later premiered to 2.53 mil total and 1.2 mil in 18-49.

Anger Management sees Sheen stepping into the role of ex-ball player, current anger management coach Charlie Goodson, who gets up to hijinks involving his ex-wife (Shawnee Smith), therapist (Selma Blair), teenaged daughter (Daniela Bobadilla) and various clients (Noureen DeWulf, Barry Corbin). Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con 2012 Schedule for Preview Night and Thursday

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Comic-Con has released the schedule for Preview Night on Wednesday, July 11th and the full schedule for Thursday, July 12th.  Preview Night won’t just have people trampling each other for Exhibitors Floor merchandise.  It will also have screenings of the pilots for Arrow, 666 Park Avenue, The Following, Revolution, and Cult.  As for Thursday, Comic-Con has wisely scheduled The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as the first panel of the day in Hall H (although it doesn’t start until almost 1:00pm for some reason), so all the Twihards can get in, see the panel, and get on with their lives.  For the rest of the day, Hall H will play host to Frankenweenie, Oz the Great and Powerful, Wreck-It Ralph, Jackie Chan’s CZ12, The Expendables 2, and…not much else really.  No offense to Chan, but his directorial feature CZ12 is going to be packed only because Expendables 2 is coming afterwards.

On the TV side, there will be panels for returning series Psych, Wilfred, Archer, Nikita, Dexter, and Workaholics.  There will also be panels for new series Beauty and the Beast and Elementary.  Hit the jump for highlights from the Wednesday and Thursday schedules.  The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 12 – 15th.

Elijah Wood Talks Season 2 of WILFRED and Shooting THE HOBBIT in 3D and 48 FPS

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After a season of laughs and outrageous hilarity, the FX series Wilfred ended Season 1 with some shocking revelations, leaving the mental sanity of Ryan (Elijah Wood) in question.  About a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit, the half-hour live-action comedy shows how that dog can teach a man to overcome his fears and joyfully embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.

As a big fan of the series myself, I am quite anxious to see where things pick back up and how those questions will be answered, when Season 2 premieres on June 28th.   In the meantime, you can check out this exclusive interview with Collider to read what Elijah Wood had to say about what’s in store in the coming season, how he likes to keep a certain amount of space for interpretation instead of more definitive answers, getting to see more of Ryan’s family, enjoying the fast pace of shooting an episode in four days, not breaking into laughter while shooting, how surprised he is with some of the things they get away with, and what they learned from doing Season 1 that has made Season 2 easier.  He also talked about what it was like to return to Hobbiton to reprise his The Lord of the Rings role for The Hobbit, and how cool it was to get to see the scene playback in 3D while still on set.  Hit the jump for more.

Elijah Wood Talks TRON: UPRISING, Returning to Middle Earth for THE HOBBIT, and Season 2 of WILFRED

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The animated series TRON: Uprising, debuting with a special preview on the Disney Channel on May 18th before premiering on its regular night on Disney XD on June 7th, takes place after the 1982 feature film and before the events in TRON: Legacy. Produced in CG animation with a 2D aesthetic, the series follows the heroic journey of a new character named Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood), a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid.  You can watch the first episode here.

At the press day for this highly anticipated new show, actor Elijah Wood talked about how excited he was to be a part of this show, what he thinks of his animated self, how much fun he has doing voice-over work, determining the voice for the character, and what Charlie Bean was like, as a director.  He also talked about the strange fan encounters he’s had, his experience at Comic-Con, collecting action figures, what he looks for in a role these days, what attracted him to Grand Piano, returning to New Zealand for The Hobbit, and what fans can expect from Season 2 of his FX comedy series, Wilfred.  Check out what he had to say after the jump:

FX Announces Summer Premiere Dates for WILFRED, Charlie Sheen’s ANGER MANAGEMENT, LOUIE and Russell Brand’s STRANGELY UPLIFTING

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Spring hasn’t even started yet, but FX is already making moves to get you ready for a summer of television with new seasons of Wilfred starring Elijah Wood (the season premiere will have a guest star appearance by Robin Williams) and Louie with Louis C.K. In addition, the network has also revealed the premiere dates for their new series like Anger Management, marking the return of Charlie Sheen to a series since his crazy breakdown and departure from Two and a Half Men, and Russell Brand‘s non-scripted series Strangely Uplifting.

All of the series will premiere on Thursday, June 28th. Anger Management kicks off the comedy block at 9/8c with a two-episode premiere (the show’s regular timeslot will be at 9:30/8:30c) followed by the second season premiere of Wilfred at 10/9c. Louie follows with its third season premiere at 10:30/9:30c followed by the debut of Russell Brand’s show Strangely Uplifting at 11/10c, filmed in front of a live audience. This block sounds almost as impressive as NBC’s Thursday night line-up and just might give it a run for its money. However, it all depends on how the two new series pan out. For a full press release with plenty more information on all these series, hit the jump.

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann Talk WILFRED Season 1 Finale Cliffhanger and Ideas for Season 2

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Based on the critically acclaimed Australian series of the same name, the FX dark comedy series Wilfred has struck a chord with audiences, far beyond the expectations of everyone involved, and already earned itself a second season. The half-hour shows follows Ryan (Elijah Wood), a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world. In a deep depression, he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred (Jason Gann), his neighbor’s canine pet who everyone else sees as just a dog, but who Ryan sees a crude Australian guy in a cheap dog suit.

After leading Ryan through a wide array of trials and tribulations, and the wildest of adventures, Season 1 comes to a close on September 8th, bringing up more questions about Ryan’s mental state than ever before. Co-stars Elijah Wood and Jason Gann (who is also co-executive producer) talked about the Season 1 cliffhanger, where they can take things in Season 2, what they would like to include on the DVD, the possibility of seeing things through Wilfred’s eyes, the struggles they’d like to see Ryan overcome, and how gratifying the success of the show has been. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

Fiona Gubelmann Interview WILFRED

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On the FX dark comedy Wilfred, actress Fiona Gubelmann plays Jenna, Wilfred’s owner and the next-door neighbor of Ryan (Elijah Wood). She works as a local news producer and, even though Ryan sees Wilfred (Jason Gann) as a crude Australian man in a cheap dog suit, to Jenna, Wilfred is simply her lovable pet canine.

During a recent interview to promote the unusual, quirky and hilarious series, Fiona Gubelmann talked about how she got involved with the project, what appealed to her about the show and character, what viewers can expect from the remainder of the season, how she thinks her character might react if she could ever see Wilfred the way that Ryan does, how excited she is to hear from the fans at Comic-Con this year, her desire to work with Guillermo del Toro and J.J. Abrams, and her secret wish to play Wonder Woman. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

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