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Lifetime Sets Movie Projects With Ronda Rousey, Janet Jackson & Serena Williams, Greenlights Supernatural Pilot, More

Lifetime unveiled movie projects with Ronda Rousey, Janet Jackson and Serena Williams as part of its 2016-2017 development slate announced today. The network also said it has ordered a two-hour pilot, Sea Change, a supernatural drama based on the Ya novel by New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman; and announced scripted projects from Holly Brix, Wilfred‘s Jason Gann and Make It Or Break It‘s Liz Maccie. Lifetime also said the hit comedic series Catastrophe…
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Lifetime Unveils Projects with Selena Gomez, Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey and ‘Fempire’ Digital Initiative

Lifetime Unveils Projects with Selena Gomez, Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey and ‘Fempire’ Digital Initiative
Lifetime has unveiled a host of new projects, including an autobiographical scripted series with Selena Gomez and movies with Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, as well as an anthology drama series that puts a horror twist on tales from the Bard.

The A+E Networks cabler also vowed to invest in short-form digital content that will be presented under the “Fempire” brand, which was billed as “entertaining and engaging the next generation of feminists.” And Lifetime has picked up episodes of the U.K. comedy “Catastrophe,” which has generated buzz in the U.S. on Amazon’s platform. Among the “Fempire” projects is “The Faith Diaries,” the previously announced spinoff from the cabler’s hot drama series”Unreal.”

Lifetime has ordered a two-hour pilot for a supernatural drama “Sea Change,” based on the young adult novel by Aimee Friedman and adapted by Liz Sczudlo. Fernando Szew, Sharon Bordas, Lloyd Segan,
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11 incredible TV shows that no-one is talking about: UnREAL, Rectify, more

1. Ray Donovan - David Moynihan, Editor

Airs on Sky Atlantic, Wednesdays at 9pm

We're now into the third run of the Liev Schreiber-fronted drama, and the season hasn't dipped one iota since the shocking, deadly twists of its predecessors.

Donovan is a wolfish 'problem fixer' for big-money Hollywood, but beneath the brutish exterior - all guns and grunts - it's his constant struggles with his own family's failings that form the tender heart of the show. Viewers are voyeurs in the ugly reality that lies behind the glitzy mask of La, where money is the driving force for corrupt officials, hollow celebrities and violent gangsters.

Schreiber's muscular and intoxicating performance - along with magnificent scene stealing by Jon Voigt as the larger-than-life rogue grandfather Micky - powers the gripping storylines.

Add an irresistible layer of humour (a teenage son being caught humping his own bed being one laugh-out-loud moment
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Wilfred

Network: FX, Fxx

Episodes: 49 (half-hour)

Seasons: Four

TV show dates: June 23, 2011 -- August 13, 2014

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Ethan Suplee, Chris Klein, Nestor Carbonell, and Mary Steenburgen.

TV show description:

A former lawyer, Ryan (Elijah Wood) is an introverted and troubled young man who's struggling to make his way in the world. He's suicidal but things change when his neighbor asks him to take care of her dog for the day. He ends up forming a unique friendship with the pooch, Wilfred (Jason Gann). While everyone else in the world sees Wilfred as just a four-legged canine, Ryan sees him as a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian guy in a cheap dog suit.

Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) is
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Elijah Wood on Putting Wilfred Down, Eclipsing Frodo, and the Problem With Selfies

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Elijah Wood on Putting Wilfred Down, Eclipsing Frodo, and the Problem With Selfies
After four seasons and nearly 50 episodes, Wilfred called it a dog’s life last night in quintessentially existential fashion. [Warning: Wilfred spoilers from here on out.] Viewers were left to ponder the fate of depressive protagonist Ryan Newman (Elijah Wood) and his canine best friend turned coping mechanism, Wilfred (Jason Gann). But the dark-as-night comedy’s closing chapter also offered some of its hardest-earned pathos and, depending on your interpretation, either a deeply satisfying meditation on moving forward or a bleak affirmation of ill fate. Hours ahead of the finale’s broadcast, having not yet seen the fully produced episode himself, Wood spoke with Vulture via cell phone about the show’s multidimensional journey, whether it will ever eclipse his association with The Lord of the Rings movies, and his feelings about the word selfies.Do you think Ryan’s dead?When I read the script, that was my feeling. At the very beginning of the episode,
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Wilfred – Series Finale Interview with David Zuckerman

Nerdly had a moment to correspond with David Zuckerman, the mastermind behind the U.S adaptation of FX’s surprisingly sweet and often endearingly crass Wilfred. It ended it’s four season, forty-nine episode run on Wednesday with a touching, poignant tear-inducing hourlong episode. I watched it and felt immediately comfortable and happy with the ending. I was happy that the series ended precisely correct for what the writers had envisioned for the entirety of the run. There were moments that fulfilled everything that the show promised and left no strings lingering.

It ultimately ended as a sobering account of someone’s mental illness. There wasn’t some grand mytholgical ending where Wilfred was a mischevious god named Krungel or Matdamon. Nope. But it didn’t need that. It offered rational answers for everything and even gave us answers to why Wilfred looks the way he does, or who Bruce is.
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Series finale review: 'Wilfred' - 'Resistance'/'Happiness'

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Series finale review: 'Wilfred' - 'Resistance'/'Happiness'
A few thoughts on the series finale of "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I pull a dove from behind your ear... I have to admit to losing touch with "Wilfred" for much of this final season, between the move to Fxx and a feeling that the show had largely outlived its usefulness. David Zuckerman has talked in the past about not wanting to let the show get swallowed up by the mystery of who or what Wilfred is, but most of what I saw of the last two seasons suggested that the show ultimately couldn't avoid that trap. And, as a result, it went from a darkly funny comedy with a minor mystery element to a very dark psychological drama that would occasionally pause for a joke about Wilfred's sex life or eating habits. Some isolated parts of this worked — the episode a few weeks back where
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Elijah Wood Talks Wilfred, Looking back on the Show during Its Final Season, His Character’s Paranoia, What He Kept from the Set, and His Upcoming Projects

Currently in its final season, the FX comedy Wilfred follows Ryan (Elijah Wood), a young man who is still questioning his sanity while learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him. As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit. During this recent interview to talk about the show’s final season and to reflect back on the entire experience, actor Elijah Wood talked about where Ryan’s level of paranoia is, at this point, what he thinks the legacy of Wilfred will be, if there is a storyline or character he wishes was explored more deeply, what he’ll remember most about being a part of the show, what he took from the set,
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'Wilfred' Stars on Final Season: The Mystery Will Be Solved (Q&A)

'Wilfred' Stars on Final Season: The Mystery Will Be Solved (Q&A)
Wilfred's final season begins airing Wednesday, and a major mystery still remains to be solved: What is exactly is Wilfred? Is he a sign of mental illness or some sort of ancient spirit? The Fxx series stars — Elijah Wood (Ryan), Jason Gann (Wilfred) and Fiona Gubelmann (Jenna)— hint that the mystery will more or less be revealed by the time the finale credits role. Photos Saying Goodbye: TV Shows Signing Off in 2014-15 During a May visit to Wilfred's Venice set, the stars shared what they could with The Hollywood Reporter about where Wilfred ends up. What can

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'Wilfred' Showrunner Opens Up About Saving Lives and Saying Farewell (Guest Column)

'Wilfred' Showrunner Opens Up About Saving Lives and Saying Farewell (Guest Column)
A good television show is, in many ways, like a real dog. Both require a lot of attention and love, and occasionally, despite their best intentions, they drop a deuce in your living room. When I first laid eyes on the original Australian series Wilfred, I loved co-creator Jason Gann's indelible performance as the title character, a man trapped in a dog's body. But as funny and weird as the show was, it didn't grab me on an emotional level. It wasn't about anything, and at that point in my career I was looking to do something with more

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FX sets summer premieres for 'The Strain,' 'Tyrant,' 'The Bridge' and more

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FX sets summer premieres for 'The Strain,' 'Tyrant,' 'The Bridge' and more
Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse's vampire drama "The Strain" finally has a concrete summer premiere date, as do the dramas "Tyrant" and "The Bridge."  FX also set premieres for the new comedies "Married" and "You're the Worst," while Fxx has scheduled the final season for "Wilfred."  It's going to be a busy summer between both networks, though mostly for FX, which will be branching new dramas and comedies across a whopping four nights, including a foray into the high stakes drama terrain of Sunday nights. Up first is "Tyrant," from executive producer Howard Gordon. Launching on Tuesday, June 24 at 10 p.m. Et, "Tyrant" is the story of the son of the dictator of a fictional war-torn Middle Eastern nation. After over 20 years in exile, he's drawn back to his homeland -- See what I did there, Howard Gordon fans? -- and political intrigue ensues. Then, on Wednesday, July
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ABC Gives Pilot Order To Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Bad Education’

ABC has made another early comedy pickup, greenlighting An American Education, a single-camera project based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. Film and TV writers Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote the script from a story they co-wrote with the original series’ creator/star Jack Whitehall and executive producer Ben Cavey through Tiger Aspect, which produces the British show. All four executives produce. 25-year-old British actor/comedian Whitehall is set to reprise his role as Alfie Wickers in the U.S. version where Wickers, a British transplant, is an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. He juggles his time between mentoring his students, bucking the system and pursuing the attractive new chemistry teacher. ABC Studios is producing, with filming slated for January in Los Angeles.
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‘Wilfred’s Jason Gann To Adapt Peruvian Comedy ‘My Problem With Women’ For ABC

Exclusive: ABC has put in development My Problem With Women, a comedy based on the popular Peruvian series of the same name. The project hails from Jason Gann who knows a thing or two about successful U.S. adaptions of international comedy formats. Aussie Gann, co-creator/star of the Australian comedy series Wilfred, also toplines and co-executive produces the FX version, which is heading into its fourth and final season. Gann will write and executive produce My Problem With Women with Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (Frasier), who will serve as co-showrunners. Chris Philip (Siberia) also is an exec producer, Jay Weisleder a co-exec producer and Miki Ivcher an associate producer for ABC Studios, Sierra/Engine Television and Frecuencia Latina International. The original series, produced by Jaime Carbajal and created by Frank Perez Garland, Christian Buckley and Paul Vegae, follows the adventures of a thirtysomething bachelor who begins seeing a
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FX Takes Wilfred For One Last Walk Before Putting It Down

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I am both gladdened and saddened by FX’s decision to renew Wilfred for a fourth and final season. I’ve been reviewing the dark comedy since its pilot episode first aired in 2011 and have found oodles of enjoyment from its twisted storytelling, which focuses on Ryan (Elijah Wood) and the bizarre life lessons he learns from a dog who looks like an Australian man in a dog costume: the titular Wilfred (Jason Gann). The series has never been a heavy hitter in the ratings, but it’s one of the more well written – and often beautifully shot – sitcoms. It is for that reason that Wilfred deserves one more season.

Nothing is more disheartening than a series that isn’t allowed to reach its conclusion. When Wilfred’s third season began spiralling downwards in the ratings ­– the season averaged only 580,000 total viewers – I became concerned FX would cancel the series
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David Tennant in Us 'Broadchurch': 5 more stars in Hollywood remakes

Broadchurch has gone down a storm over in the Us, where it aired on BBC America, so when news broke that Fox was developing its own version of the hit ITV crime drama, it didn't come as that much of a surprise.

What did come as a surprise was the remake's first confirmed piece of casting - David Tennant is to reprise his role as lead male detective, though this time with a Yank twang. Let's just hope his 'Generican' accent has improved since the Rex Is Not Your Lawyer days...

But, of course, Tennant isn't the first star to become his own Us counterpart - Friday Fiver presents a quintet of actors who followed their characters all the way to Hollywood.

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Wilfred: Ending with Season Four on Fxx

It's been announced that Wilfred has been renewed for a fourth but final season. The FX comedy will be moving to Fxx for its final run of 10 episodes (the show's smallest season).

Based on an Australian series of the same name, Wilfred revolves around the relationship of Ryan Newman (Elijah Wood) and his neighbor's dog, Wilfred (Jason Gann). Their relationship is unique in that Ryan sees Wilfred as man in a dog suit and the two have ongoing conversations. Fiona Gubelmann and Dorian Brown also star.

Wilfred's ratings have been in decline since its first season which attracted an average of 1.47 million viewers. Season two brought in 1.11 million and season three, which finished airing last month, dropped to an average of 590,000.

Season four, which will be the show's final run, will air on new channel Fxx sometime in
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Wilfred: Renewed for Final Season, Moving to Fxx

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Wilfred is both sticking around and making a move.

FX Networks announced today that the unique sitcom will return for a fourth and final season of 10 episodes… but it will do so on Fxx, the new network that is now also home to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League.

Stars Jason Gann and Elijah Wood will, of course, return for the show's concluding run, as will writer/producers Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné.

They took over as co-showrunners during Wilfred Season 3, which wrapped up in September.

Look for Wilfred Season 4 to kick off in the summer of 2014.
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FX Renews 'Wilfred' For a Fourth and Final Season; Show will air on Fxx

FX Renews 'Wilfred' For a Fourth and Final Season; Show will air on Fxx
"Wilfred," FX's dark comedy starring Elijah Wood as a depressed man who starts seeing his neighbor's dog Wilfred (Jason Gann) as a pot-smoking man in a dog suit, will be getting a fourth season from the cable network, Variety reports. Its fourth season, which will have 10 episodes, will also be its last. The quirky show will move over to Fxx, FX's spinoff network targeting younger demos. The series, which is produced by FX Prods., is based on an Australian show of the same name. When it launched in June 2011, it broke the cable networks' ratings records for most watched comedy premiere (2.6 million viewers). When the third season kicked off, our TV editor Alison Willmore wrote "Wilfred" isn't the strongest of FX's comedies, despite a particularly noteworthy lineup of guest stars that's included Nestor CarbonellRashida Jones, Jane Kaczmarek and Robin Williams." "Wilfred" recently wrapped up its third season with a death and a cliffhanger.
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FX Renews 'Wilfred' For a Fourth and Final Season; Show will air on Fxx

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FX Renews 'Wilfred' For a Fourth and Final Season; Show will air on Fxx
"Wilfred," FX's dark comedy starring Elijah Wood as a depressed man who starts seeing his neighbor's dog Wilfred (Jason Gann) as a pot-smoking man in a dog suit, will be getting a fourth season from the cable network, Variety reports. Its fourth season, which will have 10 episodes, will also be its last. The quirky show will move over to Fxx, FX's spinoff network targeting younger demos. The series, which is produced by FX Prods., is based on an Australian show of the same name. When it launched in June 2011, it broke the cable networks' ratings records for most watched comedy premiere (2.6 million viewers). When the third season kicked off, our TV editor Alison Willmore wrote "Wilfred" isn't the strongest of FX's comedies, despite a particularly noteworthy lineup of guest stars that's included Nestor CarbonellRashida Jones, Jane Kaczmarek and Robin Williams." "Wilfred" recently wrapped up its third season with a death and a cliffhanger.
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'Wilfred' renewed: Season 4 to be last, will air on Fxx

"Wilfred"'s fourth season will be its last. The Elijah Wood and Jason Gann-starring comedy will get one more season, and is being moved from FX to the network's new spinoff channel, Fxx.

Season 4 will see original showrunner David Zuckerman return to co-showrun the series with Season 3's heads, Redd Agnew and Eli Jorne. "Wilfred's" fourth season will be slightly reduced, as it's getting 10 episodes instead of its usual 13.

"Wilfred's" ratings had dropped considerably from Season 2 to Season 3, and there was some concern that the series wouldn't be renewed. Fortunately for fans of the dark comedy, "Wilfred" will be able to have its swan song and tie up all remaining loose ends following the Season 3 cliffhanger ending.

Also having made the move to Fxx are "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League," "Legit" and "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell." Are you glad "Wilfred" will get one final season?
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