FX has boasted one of television’s strongest stables of comedy for a minute: It’s Always Sunny In Phildalephia is far and away the funniest show on television, Archer gives it a damn good run for its money and, while I haven’t seen more than an episode or two, everybody in the know seems to be in love with Louie. The network’s latest project, Willfred, appears to fall right in line, potentially one-upping the aforementioned series’ penchant for original, off-beat, oftentimes dark humor.
Elijah Woods (Lord of the Rings) stars as Ryan, a suicidal, mentally-unstable scrub that imagines his neighbor’s dog (the titular Wilfred) as a pot-smoking, alcoholic, foul-mouthed Australian man wearing a dog suit, played by series creator Jason Gann (the show previously ran in Australia, albeit with a different cast). Woods has to babysit him or some sh*t, and the two get into hilarious misadventures. Seriously, that’s the whole premise.
I really have no idea what to expect, but I’m all kinds of excited. FX is one of the few outlets on the dial willing to offer up new, original content; compared to shows like The Bachelor, Glee or any one of the interchangeable cop shows that dilute the airwaves, a show like Wilfred feels like a crisp cup of ice water on a humid summer day. Or a hit of LSD. And if I were a betting man, I’d wager strongly on a scene involving Ryan picking up Wilfred’s dog sh*t. Thinking about Elijah Woods picking up any kind of sh*t makes me extremely happy. Especially when an Australian heckles him for doing it.
Wilfred debuts on FX tonight at 10:00 P.M. For more info, visit Wilfred on Facebook.