FX Renews ‘Wilfred’ For Third Season

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FX has renewed its off-beat comedy series Wilfred for a third season of 13 episodes. Production on season 3 is set to commence next Spring, with the network eyeing a June 2013 premiere

Wilfred is based on the Australian TV series of the same name and was developed for American television by David Zuckerman. The series is about a young man, Ryan (Elijah Wood), struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred (Jason Gann), his neighbor’s pet dog. Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit.

The renewal had been expected for some time, with FX President John Landgraf stating at the network’s TCA panel back in May that a third season renewal was highly likely, but was being held up by ongoing negotiations with series developer and showrunner David Zuckerman. After serving as showrunner on seasons one and two, Zuckerman is now stepping down from the position. He will continue to serve as an executive producer on the series, while Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné, who served as writer/producers on the first two seasons of Wilfred, have been elevated to Executive Producers and Showrunners for the upcoming season.

“As John [Landgraf] said at the summer TCA, it was only a matter of time before we picked up the show, we just had to work some things out,” said Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for FX. “David Zuckerman has done an amazing job adapting and reconceiving Wilfred for FX. 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.”

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