WIL­FRED

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Eleven, Tues­day, 9pm ★★★★ The TV in­dus­try is lit­tered with failed Amer­i­can remakes. Wil­fred is one of the rare suc­cess sto­ries. For those un­fa­mil­iar with Wil­fred, he came into the world 12 years ago when ac­tor Adam Zwar be­gan re­flect­ing on a visit to the house of a girl who had a dom­i­neer­ing dog. Zwar and Ja­son Gann wrote and co-starred in their clas­sic short film Wil­fred, then spent years hop­ing a net­work would pick it up for se­ries de­vel­op­ment. SBS did and the sit­com about a hap­less guy (Zwar) try­ing to woo a girl (Cindy Wadding­ton) with a bong-smok­ing dog (Gann) quickly achieved cult sta­tus. Gann was re­luc­tant to be part of a US re­make un­til re­al­is­ing he would have to en­dure see­ing an Amer­i­can ac­tor in the Wil­fred suit if he turned down the op­por­tu­nity. Thank heav­ens he re­lented be­cause you can’t imag­ine the show with­out him. Lord of the Rings star Eli­jah Wood plays Ryan and is ter­rific. Tonight sees Wil­fred get­ting to know Ryan’s work­mates, who can­not con­trol their af­fec­tion for the pooch. Need­less to say, this ends badly for all con­cerned.

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