-Wilfred is tremendous television. The series premiered last June and didn't stand out very much. Each episode improved, though. By the season finale, I was invested in the characters. Now, it's a show I look forward to on a weekly basis. Last week's "special preview" was nutty and surreal. This week's was more grounded and better overall. The choice to turn Wilfred into a diehard Green Bay Packers fan was great. The choice to have him run a dog obstacle course on the beach was brilliant. Jason Gann's interactions with the actual dogs were inspired. Wilfred won't appeal to all of America. It's a niche show with a strange sense of humor and an ability to migrate into dark storytelling. Elijah Wood and Gann are great together. Fiona Gubelman's so pretty I want to take her to Sandals Negril for authentic jerk chicken. Chris Klein's fantastic as the douche-bag boyfriend. I don't know where the second season heading, but I know Allison Mack will be involved. Ryan stopped being selfish in "Letting Go." I doubt it'll stick, but it should change Wilfred a bit.
-Louie's back for its third season. TV critics and fans on message boards love this show. Love is possibly too weak a word to describe people's affinity for Louie. The show is terrific; certainly, it's one of the most original shows on TV because of the freedom FX gives Louie. The premiere is typical Louie, i.e. horrible stuff happens to him. He ate what looked like New York City's greatest pie. I read On The Road several months ago and developed a desire for pie with ice cream after Sal Paradise's description of the pie and how he ate only pie and ice cream for three weeks. Unfortunately, I got invested in Louie eating the pie and ice cream during the break-up scene with his girlfriend and missed most of what she said, though I got the gist of it. Perhaps I'll need to stop by Hudson Diner when I make my return to NYC. My favorite part of the episode was when Louie's car was blocked in by construction work. The construction worker didn't know what work was being done, and that response taps into what people think when they see construction crews lined for a mile on a highway, taking up a lane, forcing traffic to stop as people merge into the one lane because they think they'll get ahead of everyone when in fact they're actually creating the traffic by being selfish so and sos. Louie's car is soon smashed in.
-Networks are rolling out their premiere dates. The CW returns in October this season, which means I have plenty of time left to write those ever popular Everwood reviews. Grimm will return August 13, which pleases me, because Grimm is awesome, and I like writing about current TV. I won't write about fall schedules and dates until late August when I write the two-week long Fall TV Preview.
-I'm still watching Lost Girl on Syfy. I wrote about season one. I didn't care to continue writing about season two. Soon, I will write about a season two episode. I quite regret not writing about the body-switching episode, which was the highlight of season two. In other Syfy news, Alphas returns on July 23, which is a series I enjoyed last summer. Lost Girl will move to Fridays after WWE Smackdown. I, of course, watch Smackdown weekly.
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