It has been a whirlwind ride since we arrived in San Diego a mere 32 hours ago, and though we are exhausted, the TCS team is feeling productive and excited for the coverage we’re going to be bringing you over the coming days. First up are interviews with the cast and creative team of Wilfred, the hit FX dramedy series that is now in the middle of its second season. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, the series, starring Elijah Wood, follows Ryan, a disturbed young man who inexplicably sees his neighbor’s dog as a guy in a dog suit (portrayed by Jason Gann). I was just introduced to the series a short while ago, and it’s really phenomenal–just when you think it’s going to be a lightweight, stupid comedy, it grabs you by the emotional short hairs and doesn’t let go until you’ve learned a valuable life lesson. The true genius, though, is that this never comes off as preachy or cloying; it works flawlessly as a project that successfully rides the line between definitions.
The interviews, on the whole, went well. Roundtables are always strange for me–the uncertainty of who’s going to ask the next question always creates a sort of tension around the table that leaves one…on edge, to say the least. This, in turn, puts pressure on the talent to alleviate this tension, and it’s not enjoyable for anybody. That being said, this pretty much didn’t happen today, which I was quite pleased about. Maybe all the press were too exhausted to be snarky.
Everybody I talked to was bright, bubbly, and nigh effervescent. The interesting thing was that none of it seemed forced. Even the members of the creative team, such as director Russel Einhorn and writer David Zuckerman, offered truly fascinating takes on how difficult it is to make a show that doesn’t fit into one of television’s neat little categories. I highly recommend you watch their interviews, as the shooting process for the show was quite…problematic, for a number of reasons.
The absolute best, though, was Elijah Wood. He successfully navigated some of the more preposterous/annoying questions with grace and confidence, gave a really great take on what it’s like to play a character as screwed up in the head as Ryan is, and even threw in a little bit about what it was like to return to New Zealand after all these years. It’s a delight to watch.
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