FX orders pilot “Wilfred,” based on Australian series

Wilfred
FX has given a pilot order to “Wilfred” — a surreal comedy based on the Australian laffer about a man, a woman and her dog — who, as you can see above, isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill pooch.

Call it “Donnie Darko” meets “Harvey.”

Wilfred1 “Family Guy” alum David Zuckerman is adapting the quirky series for FX, and will write and exec produce. Also on board is Prospect Park, the shingle from Jeff Kwatinetz, Paul Frank and Rich Frank (all of whom will also exec produce).

Here in the States, the original “Wilfred” has run on IFC.com. (See the channel’s site here.)

“We really loved David’s take on Wilfred and believe it’s on target with our growing comedy brand,” said FX original programming exec VP Nick Grad. “Following up on the success of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ with ‘The League,’ ‘Archer’ and ‘Louie,’ we’re going to continue to be aggressive in comedy to capitalize on our momentum.”

Jason Gann, who co-created and starred in the Australian series (which launched on SBS in 2007), will star in the pilot. Joe Connor and Ken Conner of Renegade, producers of the Australian version of ‘Wilfred,’ are also exec producers, while Gann will serve as co-EP.

“Wilfred is about a guy, the girl next door, and mixed-breed dog, Wilfred, who is part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender,” Zuckerman said. “Jason Gann is one of the funniest, most twisted minds I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, despite being a foreigner and therefore untrustworthy.”

Here’s how the show is described by one Australian website: “The award-winning show centers on Adam, played by former journalist Adam Zwar, and his straight-talking dog Wilfred – played by comic Jason Gann (of The Wedge fame) in a dog suit and drawn-on black nose…The cult SBS series Wilfred is also peppered with profanity, full-frontal nudity and jokes about rape.”

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