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'Wilfred' Stars Share Season 1 Secrets from One of TV's Quirkiest Shows

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Oct 30th 2011 2:00PM

Jason Gann has just curled up on my lap. I'm not sure why I'm so surprised. He does, after all, play a dog on the popular show 'Wilfred,' co-starring Elijah Wood. Unsure of what to do, I awkwardly pat his head.

"OK, that's enough of that!" he says, and jumps over to his designated chair across from me. The lovely actress who plays Wilfred's owner on the show, Fiona Gubelmann, takes the seat next to him. She looks at Gann, laughs and shakes her head, as Gann is now feigning sleep as he stretches out clumsily on his chair.

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Mister Ed is Turning 50! TV's Top Animals Salute Him

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00PM
Mister Ed'Mister Ed' paved the way for animals in the entertainment industry, breaking through the glass ceiling barn door by talking up TV viewers and being as charming as any leading man out there.

As the theme song said, "A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed!"

Yes, Ed was in his hay-day on TV for six glorious seasons, always easily bribed to tell a good story with a little peanut butter, making him a horse we can endorse. But he also gets the sniff of approval from his fellow four-legged friends in Hollywood.

As the 50th anniversary of 'Mister Ed''s big Oct. 1, 1961, network debut approaches, we gathered quotes from some of the biggest names in TV's animal kingdom to roast and pay tribute to the equine entertainer.

Check out our gallery for commentary provided by everyone from Flipper and Lassie to weed-smoking Wilfred and Annie's Boobs, the monkey from 'Community.'

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The Return of 'Evil' Ryan on the 'Wilfred' Season Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 9th 2011 5:28AM
'Wilfred' season finale - 'Identity'The first thought I had when reaching the end of the 'Wilfred' (Thu., 11PM ET on FOX) finale was thank goodness the show's already been picked up for a second season. The entire episode was a fantastic exploration deeper into Ryan than we've gone all season, but the closing moments positively blew my mind.


A few weeks back I said I was going to stop trying to figure out what Wilfred represented and what was real and what wasn't. Rather, I was just going to go along for the ride and enjoy myself. But this show just won't let me.

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Ryan Faces a Court of Wilfreds in a Guilt-Ridden Dream on 'Wilfred' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 2nd 2011 5:25AM
'Wilfred' - 'Sacrifice'For months Wilfred has been trying to teach Ryan how to stand up for himself and be more assertive, but as soon as him doing so might hurt Wilfred, it's a completely different story. Suddenly, it's the guilt card all over the place on 'Wilfred' (Thu., 11PM ET on FX).

Now, we'll agree that Ryan deciding on a whim to fly off to Italy with a woman he'd only just met on the beach goes a little beyond impulsive and leans more toward reckless, so maybe Wilfred is still looking out for him.

The guilt trip culminated in a trippy dream where Ryan was put on trial, with Bear as his defense attorney, and surrounded by Wilfreds at every turn demanding that he choose Jenna over this new girl. Sure, Jenna has a boyfriend, but we all know this is the girl Ryan's meant to be with.

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'Wilfred' Panics When Ryan Fires Up a Vacuum (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 26th 2011 7:06AM
'Wilfred' - 'Doubt'Maybe the best approach to watching 'Wilfred' (Thu., 11PM ET on FX) is to stop trying to figure out what's real and what isn't and just go with it. After seeing that Ryan's mother sees her cat as Rhea Perlman in a cat suit, we meet this week another guy who can see Wilfred as a guy in a dog suit.

Or can he? Does this guy even exist, or is Ryan simply having two fantasies?

The whole show is Ryan's life in crisis, and Wilfred playing some sort of role in the process he's undergoing; a role that is at times positive and at times very negative.

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Mary Steenburgen Is Ryan's Crazy Mom on 'Wilfred' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 19th 2011 5:49AM
Mary Steenburgen, 'Wilfred'We got a little bit of insight into Ryan's psyche and family history when Mary Steenburgen appeared on 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX). She played his mother, who's spent the last 20 years in a mental institution of her own free will.

But now, she's ready to step back into the real world, and where better to do that than with her estranged son Ryan. After she shows Wilfred some love, he's all for giving Mom a second chance, and completely attaches himself to her.

But Mom proves to be a little off-center still, and Ryan was simply too inflexible to allow her outlandish stories and behavior. But really, was she that much more embarrassing than anyone else's mother? Okay, the mooning incident was a bit much.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 15-21

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 14th 2011 3:00PM
Bachelor PadMONDAY, AUGUST 15

'Bachelor Pad' (8PM ET, ABC)

TV's most trainwreck-y reality show is back for the summer, and after last week's eventful season premiere, things are only going to get messier. This week sees our 'Bachelor/ette' alums competing in a Q&A contest where they'll throw paint-filled eggs at targets on each others' backs to answer questions like "least attractive" and "least deserving of $250,000" in the hope of winning immunity for the week. Ouch.

'Gloria: In Her Own Words' (9PM ET, HBO) special presentation
This engaging and important documentary on iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem documents her rise from troubled Midwestern child, to dissatisfied New York writer, to public face of the feminist movement.

'The Lying Game' (9PM ET, ABC Family) series premiere
This mysterious drama series lands somewhere between 'The Parent Trap' and The CW's new thriller 'Ringer,' centering around two separated-at-birth twins who meet for the first time in their teens and trade identities as they search for their biological mother. But when privileged Sutton fails to return to her old life, foster kid Emma must decide whether to keep up her sister's charade.

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'Wilfred' Channels Ryan's Old Dog Sneakers To Relieve His Childhood Guilt (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 12th 2011 3:20PM
Wilfred channels Ryan's childhood dog on 'Wilfred'Life is confusing enough for Ryan, who's the the only one who sees his neighbor's dog as a guy in a dog suit. But things got even more confusing for him when 'Wilfred' (Thursdays, 11PM on FX) decided to channel Ryan's childhood dog Sneakers to convince him that the dog's death wasn't his fault.

Wilfred shook and grumbled before perking up and adopting a higher-pitched voice, introducing himself as Sneakers. Ryan didn't find it funny, but Wilfred persisted, asking him if he wanted a snuggle, or to watch him do a "neat-o back flip," or if he were still mad he chewed the feet off of his footy pajamas.

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FX Renews 'Louie,' 'Wilfred' & 'Sunny'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 6th 2011 1:00PM
WilfredAfter a solid debut season for FX's strangely hilarious 'Wilfred' and an ever-more popular season 2 for the Louis CK-starring 'Louie,' the network has decided to bring both shows back for more. And although season 7 of 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' doesn't premiere until September, FX has already ordered two more season of the hit show.

According to TVLine, after 'Sunny' seasons 8 and 9, the show will be the longest-running live-action basic cable comedy ever.

And good news for Canadian fans of FX shows: the cable network will launch a branch for our neighbors to the North. FX Canada will debut in November, FX president John Landgraf told TV critics at Saturdays Television Critics Association panel.

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As 'Wilfred' Spins its Wheels, Wilfred Makes Ryan Hit Jane Kaczmarek's Car (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 4:59AM
'Wilfred' - 'Pride''Wilfred' (Thu., 11PM ET on FX) is starting to fall into a familiar pattern, and it's not necessarily a great thing. The show has a great premise, but it's time for them to stop spinning their wheels and start doing something with the long-term narrative.

We get that Ryan is the ultimate slacker and that Wilfred is trying to kickstart him into gear doing something, but we're just not getting anywhere.

This week's attempt had a fun guest star in Jane Kaczmarek, but at the same time I was thinking 'Wilfred' is too new to need to start bringing in guest stars to save it. We're not talking late run 'Will & Grace' here.

Ryan is in love with Wilfred's owner, and yet nothing's been done on that front except a tease in one episode. In fact, the episodes in general seem disjointed, as if there really is no larger story. Just Wilfred gets Ryan in trouble, Ryan weasels out of it, reset to page one.

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'Wilfred' Poisons Ryan to Stop Him Saving Jenna's Relationship (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 29th 2011 3:56AM
'Wilfred' - 'Conscience'So, is Wilfred representative of that part of Ryan's brain he doesn't really want to listen to? Ryan is concerned about being a nice guy, and yet he succumbs to Wilfred's generally bad suggestions all the time on 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX).

This week it was about Jenna and her boyfriend Drew. The main reason Wilfred seems to hate Drew is that Drew has complete control over him, like the alpha male of the pack. So he concocted a plan to have Ryan pull out the super-competitive side of Drew.

This is a side that Jenna hates, and it worked. She broke up with him. Mission accomplished. Well, according to Wilfred it was, but Ryan's pesky conscience kept getting in the way, and he wanted to set things right. So Wilfred poisoned him.

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'Wilfred' Convinces Guest Rashida Jones He Knows Who's Going to Die (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 22nd 2011 6:27AM
Rashida Jones, 'Wilfred'Remember that cat that people thought could predict who was going to die? Well, apparently that ability exists in dogs, too. Either that or 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) went on a killing spree this week.

Rashida Jones guest-starred as a worker at the hospice clinic Ryan volunteered at so he could impress his neighbor and seem like he was doing something good with his life. And, because he seems to take him everywhere, Wilfred tagged along.

Rashida treated Ryan terribly at first, jaded by volunteers who showed up just to look good ("People do that?") before quickly leaving. But when Wilfred lay down next to a patient who then died, she saw in him a miracle and in Ryan a hero.

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Ed Helms Is a Dog Molester on 'Wilfred' ... Or Is He? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2011 2:25AM
'Wilfred' - 'Acceptance'When it comes to 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) it's almost impossible to tell what to believe. Do you ever believe what Wilfred tells Ryan, or is Ryan just hallucinating these conversations? Regardless, this week, Wilfred seemed determined to test their friendship.

In Thursday's episode, Ryan did a better job of treating Wilfred like a dog, attempting to train him with a clicker and a water gun, to mixed results. But it was Ed Helms' creepy turn as a doggie day care worker that really tested their friendship.

When Ryan's sister returned to his life, he tried to mend that relationship, which meant having to find a play for Wilfred to go during the day. Enter Darryl (Helms), who was ever so friendly and sweet to Wilfred upon his arrival.

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For Getting Ryan in Trouble, 'Wilfred' Is Tortured With a Laser Pointer (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 8th 2011 4:43AM
'Wilfred' - 'Fear'Once again, 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) was able to find huge laughs by having Wilfred respond and act like a dog. And, in Ryan's defense this week, Wilfred did kind of deserve to be punished.

He did drop Ryan's wallet outside Spencer's house after they'd broken in, stolen weed and even pooped in his shoe. He says he's trying to help Ryan stand up for himself and find a spine, but instead it led to a very awkward friendship revolving around pornography, strip clubs and trying to keep Wilfred from blowing the secret.

So Ryan let Spencer have a little fun torturing Wilfred with a laser pointer. Just as we're entertained by dogs and cats trying to figure them out, 'Wilfred' made it even funnier by putting a voice to the animal's confusion.

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'Wilfred' Frolics on the Beach and Even Finds a Pelican (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 1st 2011 1:37AM
'Wilfred' - 'Trust'The theme this week on 'Wilfred' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) was trust. To try and build that bond of trust between himself and Ryan, Wilfred has Ryan take him to a beach. The only problem is no dogs are allowed.

When he finally guilted Ryan into letting him go for a swim, we got another one of those surreal dog--human moments that only this show can create. As Wilfred, Jason Gann looks to us and Ryan like a dude in a dog suit. Everyone else sees him as a dog.

So when he's jumping up and down in the waves, and carrying a dead pelican over to a group of campers, we see Gann. But we have to imagine how this looks if Wilfred really was a dog, and suddenly it looks far more normal.

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