FX announced today that it has ordered 13 episodes of Wilfred, a live-action comedy series starring Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) that’s based on the Australian series of the same name. David Zuckerman (Family Guy, American Dad) wrote the pilot and will serve as the comedy’s showrunner. Wood plays an introvert who meets Wilfred (Jason Gann, who co-created and played the title character in the Australian version of Wilfred), who’s described by Zuckerman as “part Australian Shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender.” The world sees Wilfred as a dog while Wood’s character Ryan sees Wilfred as a man dressed in a dog suit.
Wilfred marks Wood’s first starring role in regular series television. “We loved how well the pilot turned out, and we were blown away by the chemistry between Elijah Wood and Jason Gann,” said Nick Grad, FX’s executive vice president of original programming. “It’s a very unique concept and we think David Zuckerman has a great take on it.”
Wilfred joins Louie, Archer, The League, and FX signature hit It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on the network’s comedy roster.