If you want to see where Ryan (Elijah Wood) and Wilfred (Jason Gann) go from that head-scratching Wilfred Season One finale, then tune in tomorrow on one of a variety of platforms including the Wilfred Facebook Page, FXnetworks.com, HULU, Yahoo! TV, and Video-On-Demand through cable, telco and satellite providers. If viewers do not catch this “Season 2 Preview Episode” through one of these channels, one final airing on FX on Thursday, June 21 at 10:30pm ET/PT, preceded by last year’s Season One finale, at 10pm ET/PT.
This is a major change-up for FX who is following the strategy parent company FOX used with Glee and New Girl. FX President and General Manager John Landgraf believes that because of the success of the first season of Wilfred–the best launch of any of their comedies–this is a ripe time to grow the audience. The multiple platforms gives newcomers and returning fans access to the Season 2 premiere two weeks earlier than planned, and entire week to see the preview episode.
On June 19, the Wilfred Season One is available on blu-ray and DVD, but again it will be available on VOD starting on June 14. FX is really getting behind the new season of Wilfred, deservedly so. And if that’s not enough, Wilfred‘s cast and crew are expected to make an appearance at Comic-Con International again, Thursday, July 11th where they plan to air a new episode for attendees.
Concerning tomorrow’s preview, Robin Williams will guest star in the Special Preview Episode, titled, “Progress” where Ryan realizes that not having Wilfred in his life has its consequences. I know what you’re thinking, but they’re not all good. The episode is written by showrunner David Zuckerman and directed by Randall Einhorn.
On June 28, Wilfred resumes its Season Two at its regular schedule time, 10pm ET/PT on FX with the episode, “Letting Go” where Wilfred gives Ryan the cold shoulder because he believes that Ryan’s selfishness has created a one-sided relationship. “Letting Go” is written by Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné and directed by Randall Einhorn.
For those new to the series, Wilfred is story of Ryan Newman, a young man who has yet to figure out his correct path in life. He befriends his neighbors dog, Wilfred, who he sees as a gruff and unpleasant Australian man in a dog suit. Everyone else, including his owner, Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann). Ryan must battle personal demons and whatever Wilfred throws at him (sometimes literally). Is he trying to help him, or is he trying to ruin his life? The line that separates best friends and arch enemies is blurred and it’s not helped by Ryan’s nagging sister, Kristen (Dorian Brown) or his mother (Mary Steenburgen) who has her own issues, as seen last season.
Wilfred is based on the dark Australian comedy of the same name, created by the man in the dog suit himself, Jason Gann who has reprised the role for North American audiences. Both versions are completely independent of each other and strive to tell different but equally funny stories. It’s crudely funny, extremely original and is another shining example of the other end of the spectrum of comedy that FX is fulfilling, and that is missing by the mainstream networks.
I’ve made no attempt to hide my excitement for the new season of Wilfred and you can see where it landed on our Must See TV Shows of The Summer (hint: It’s in the top 5). If you haven’t been able to dive into the series there’s plenty of ways to catch up and get a jump on Season 2 starting tomorrow (Thursday).