Here’s some howling good news: Wilfred has been renewed for a third season, FX announced Wednesday.
The comedy, which stars Elijah Wood as a man who envisions his neighbor’s dog Wilfred as a real man (Jason Gann) in a dog suit, has been picked up for a 13-episode third season, which is slated to debut in June 2013.
“It was only a matter of time before we picked up the show, we just had to work some things out,” Nick Grad, executive vice president of original programming at FX, said. Network chief John Landgraf had expressed a similar sentiment during this summer’s Television Critics Association fall previews.
Additionally, David Zuckerman, who adapted Wilfred for American television and acted as showrunner through the first two seasons, will be stepping down. In his stead, writers Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne have been elevated to executive producers and showrunners. Zuckerman will remain as an executive producer on the series.
“David Zuckerman has done an amazing job adapting and reconceiving Wilfred for FX,” Grad continued. “It was his decision to step down from the showrunner’s post, but we’re very happy he is going to stay involved with the show. Both we and David have great faith in the ability of Reed and Eli to seamlessly step up and take over the reins. I have no doubt they’ll do a great job.”
Wilfred, which averaged 2.63 million viewers in its second season, will resume production on a third season in the spring.
FX kicked off its portion of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Saturday with two big announcements: Louie has been renewed for a fourth season, and Martin Sheen is poised to become a series regular on son Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management.
The elder Sheen — who would come on board full-time in the event of AM scoring a “very likely” back 90 (yes, 90) order — plays the father of Charlie’s character, Charlie Goodson. He’ll first appear at end of the show’s current first season.
“[Martin's casting will] give an extra dimension to the show and make it a multi-generational family show,” said FX prez John Landgraf. “The show will still deal with his relationship with his patients and the women in his life.” The exec admitted that the critically savaged sitcom “has more growth in it creatively.”
Other highlights from FX’s exec session…
POWERS IN PLAY | On the status of FX’s pilot for the graphic novel-inspired Powers, which didn’t pass muster the first time round, Landgraf expects to have four new scripts to look at, then make a decision on giving it a brand-new go. ”There’s a possibility that some of the original cast members might return,” he said — Jason Patric as the title character included. “But I think it’s likely that we’ll start from scratch and reshoot it.”
BRAND STRENGTH | The cabler has ordered seven more episodes of Brand X with Russell Brand.
WHAT ABOUT WILFRED? | Although he stopped short of announcing a Season 3 renewal for Wildred, Landgraf told reporters he expects the comedy to be around for “many years.”
MORE DRAMA | FX has greenlit a pilot for an American version of the Danish drama The Bridge.
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Some people would call TV season over since all the primetime shows are officially on hiatus, but there’s still a crazy amount of good television coming our way in the summer!
We poked through the list of returning shows and brand spanking new series and chose ten of then that were are just dying to see during the sweltering months of the summer. That’s why air conditioning was invented, right?
Awkward, June 28 (MTV): Praise Ricky Schwartz (or, you know, don’t!), our quirky little show that could is finally coming back to us! Though Jenna (Ashley Rickards) chose good guy Jake (Brett Davern) over first love/bad boy Matty (Beau Mirchoff) in the finale, this epic high school love triangle is far from over. Plus, Jenna’s mama will also be getting a love triangle of her own when an old flame, played by Ringer’s Kris Polaha (swoon!) stops by! Oh, and you’re welcome.
Breaking Bad, July 15 (AMC): Um, how about Breaking Badass?! We’re talking about Walter White aka Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston), of course, who in the season finale revealed himself to be the most evil drug lord Albuquerque’s ever seen. If he’s willing to murder an innocent child, what could possibly be next? We can’t wait to find out.
Hell on Wheels, Aug. 12 (AMC): Where have all the moody cowboys gone? Or at least that’s how we think that song goes. With a cast to swoon over, a gorgeous setting and a vengeance-seeking lead that would make Emily Thorne proud, we can’t wait to see what might bring Cullen (Anson Mount) back to the railroad. And we’re happy to announce that our girl crush on the awesome Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott) has not abated over the hiatus.
Pretty Little Liars, June 5 (ABC Family): Mona (Janel Parrish) is ‘A’. The end, right? Wrong. Even though little miss crazy hair is locked up, Rosewood’s fab four are still going to be tormented this season by their text-message-loving bully. Or is it bullies? These girls just can’t seem to have peaceful small-town lives and we’ve gotta say, we wouldn’t have it any other way! This is one of the most intriguing mystery shows on TV and season three is going to be no exception.
So You Think You Can Dance, May 24 (Fox): Our beloved dance competition is being cut from two episodes a week to one (boo!), but they are making up for it by crowning two winners—a guy and girl. And we’re all winners when Cat Deeley brings the pretty to our TV screens.
Teen Wolf, June 3 (MTV): Need an update? Scott (Tyler Posey) and Allison (Crystal Reed) are the new Romeo and Juliet. Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) is the Alpha. Jackson (Colton Haynes) is now a werewolf. Lydia (Holland Roden) is now…something. Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) continues to be the best. As for us? We’re just counting down the days until this guilty pleasure comes roaring back into our lives.
The Newsroom, June 24 (HBO): Just based off the trailer alone we are intrigued, but the great Aaron Sorkin (perhaps you’ve heard of him) at the helm pretty much guarantees that HBO’s new series will be a must-watch in the summer. Oh, and the cast is nothing to sneeze at either. They had us at Sam Waterston.
True Blood, June 10 (HBO): Are you ready fangbangers? Because we can already tell that season five is going to be a rollercoaster ride of sheer awesomeness! SVU‘s Christopher Meloni joins the already genetically gifted cast as “The Authority,” and we’ll learn Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) fate. Meanwhile, Sookie (Anna Paquin) will gain control of her powers, and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) form the sexiest alliance ever. Oh, and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) takes his shirt off again. Need any more reasons to watch? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
White Collar, July 10 (USA): Matt Bomer. Matt Bomer. Matt Bomer. Did we mention Matt Bomer? Sure, it’s a great show that’s a blast to watch, but the fact that the star of it is a dreamy blue-eyed living Disney prince does not hurt a damn bit. Plus, the cliffhanger from last season makes the wait for the first episode back agonizing. We can’t wait to see what Neal is up to!
Wilfred, June 28 (FX): It’s the ultimate boy and his (lewd pot-smoking Australian) dog story. We love this wacky dark comedy so so much. And with Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) existential crisis in the first season’s end and Wilfred’s (Jason Gann) memory loss, we’re not quite sure how the two BFFs will be reunited. What is the smoke monster? Who are the others? Wilfred is at its best when things get really dark—like a dog with a god complex in the pouring rain—so we want to see things get weird. Bonus: Wilfred’s Bear will be back for season two. Don’t deny it, we know you’re excited about that.