Wilfred may have started out on SBS, but the US adaptation will put his kennel down on ELEVEN in Australia.
The US series is produced by FX and will screen on ELEVEN June, the same month it premieres in the States.
It features co-creator Jason Gann in his original snarling, dog-suitted role, alongside Elijah Wood as the only man who can hear him talk. The latter role has shifted slightly from the live-in lover of Wilfred‘s owner (played in Australia by co-creator Adam Zwar) to being a next door neighbour in the US series. Fiona Gubelmann plays Wilfred’s owner, Jenna. David Zuckerman (Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill) is writer and showrunner for producers Prospect Park.
Zwar recently told TV Tonight, “I never thought that painful date I went on in 2001 with a woman and her recalcitrant half-labrador, half-dingo would keep on giving. Kudos to Renegade Films and everyone involved in the US production. But, most of all, thanks to the Aussie fans, who kept Wilfred alive from Tropfest to now.”
TEN’s Chief programming officer, David Mott, said: “We think the US version of Wilfred fits in perfectly with the demographic ELEVEN is focused on. It’s a fresh, very funny adaption of the Australian version and we think the ELEVEN audience will love it. We are also delighted to have Jason Gann back on the Network, he’s a fantastic talent and it’s great to see this clever series find an international foothold”.
Gann added: “Elijah and I are both super excited for Australian audiences to see this new incarnation of Wilfred. David Zuckerman and the whole creative team have bravely taken the show to a new place. It’s crazy, darker than ever, and yes…Wilfred still smokes bongs and has sex with anything that moves… and everything that doesn’t.”