Back in July, FX President and General Manager John Landraf spoke at the TCA Press Tour about the renewal chances of “Wilfred” and said that “we have some deal issues to work out but I think it’ll be on the air for several more years.”
However, Langraf’s declaration was followed by months of silence about “Wilfred’s” fate until today, when FX officially renewed “Wilfred” for a third season. Deadline is reporting that the negotiations for renewal moved slowly because the network was attempting to reach a new deal with “Wilfred” showrunner and executive producer, David Zuckerman.
However, Zuckerman will step down as the “Wilfred” showrunner in favor of Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne; both of whom wrote for the first two seasons. Zuckerman will retain his title as executive producer of the series, but the extent of his involvement going forward isn’t entirely clear.
"As John (Landgraf) said at the summer TCA, it was only a matter of time before we picked up the show, we just had to work some things out," noted Nick Gradm FX’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming. "David Zuckerman has done an amazing job adapting and reconceiving ‘Wilfred’ for FX. It was his decision to step down from the showrunner's post, but we're very happy he is going to stay involved with the show. Both we and David have great faith in the ability of Reed and Eli to seamlessly step up and take over the reins. I have no doubt they'll do a great job."
Jason Gann originally co-created and starred in “Wilfred” when it was an Australian TV series. In the U.S. version, Gann reprised his role as Wilfred alongside Elijah Wood as Ryan Newman, a mentally troubled young man who may be the only who sees Wilfred as a surly man in a cheap dog suit.
The third season of “Wilfred” will run for 13 episodes and it will likely return to FX in the summer of 2013.