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.