FX has fetched 13 episodes from a talking dog comedy.
The cabler gave a series order on Monday to its U.S. adaptation of “Wilfred,” starring “Lord of the Rings” thesp Elijah Wood in his first starring TV role.
“Wilfred” is a U.S. adaptation of the dark Australian comedy about a talking dog and his troubled neighbor.
The live-action comedy stars Wood as a man who is struggling personally and professionally when he meets the neighbor’s dog — played by Jason Gann in a furry suit.
Gann, who co-created the show, is reprising his role as Wilfred (which he also played in the Australian version).
FX Networks exec VP Nick Grad announced the pickup on Monday.
“Family Guy” alum David Zuckerman is behind the adaptation, and is exec producer and showrunner. Randall Einhorn (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) directed the pilot.
Zuckerman describes the “Wilfred” character as “part Australian shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender.”
The show also stars Fiona Gublemann as Wood’s neighbor (and Wilfred’s owner).
“We loved how well the pilot turned out, and we were blown away by the chemistry between Elijah Wood and Jason Gann,” Grad said. “It’s a very unique concept, and we think David Zuckerman has a great take on it.”
Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park are executive producers of the laffer, along with Joe Connor and Ken Connor of Renegade, producers of the Australian version of “Wilfred.” Gann is co-executive producer. FX Prods. is behind the show.
FX continues to bolster its comedy lineup. Besides “Wilfred,” FX airs the laffers “Louie,” “Archer,” “The League” and vet comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”