Thursday this summer is going to be a great night for TV.
Starting next week, FX's Thursday lineup will include Charlie Sheen's great new sitcom, Anger Management, and Louis C.K.'s groundbreaking gift from the TV gods, Louie. And, sandwiched in between is the gloriously offbeat Wilfred (a special preview airs tonight, 10:30pm).
The show, about a guy and his dog starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann (someone, give this guy an Emmy), is the most off the wall of the bunch -- but, fantastically so.
Wilfred is a comedy but only in the sense that a show about a guy who may be mentally unstable, and who has contemplated suicide, can be. Wilfred (Jason, who's an executive producer and writer on the show) is his neighbor Jenna's dog.
Jenna is Fiona Gubelmann - check out our Q&A with Fiona tomorrow.
Last season ended on a cliffhanger with Ryan (Elijah) discovering that he's possibly crazy. Could it be that Wilfred - a dog who smokes pot, longs for the ladies and dispenses sensible advice to Elijah's Ryan - isn't really a talking dog?
The season ended with Wilfred seriously injured and Ryan questioning his sanity.
In tonight's preview, some questions are answered. Robin Williams guest stars as a doctor who is treating (or mistreating) Ryan.
Wilfred is much more than its story lines, though. And it's much, much more than a TV show about a talking dog.
Wilfred is a rare treasure. It's a beautifully made TV show with outstanding acting about a guy who's trying to figure out his place in the world. Who wouldn't want a talking dog to help them do that?