Wilfred is coming to America

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The guy in the dog suit is about to get a US remake.

The FX Network has picked up Australia's very own Wilfred for a US adaptation.

The comedy, which has had two seasons on SBS, has won a pilot to be produced by David Zuckerman (Family Guy).

Star Jason Gann will continue his role as the mangy dog who talks to the boyfriend of his owner, but can't be heard by anybody else.

Co-creator Adam Zwar, who also played Adam in the Australian series, was elated by the news.

"I'm just happy that Wilfred's gone to a nice home and some really creative people are looking after him. I hope he gets paid lots of money and pulls a lot of Californian bitches," he said.

The win for the series is a rarity with few Australian shows ever having won a US adaptation. Kath & Kim is the most recent, but Sit Down, Shut Up; Mother and Son; and Prisoner rank amongst a handful of others.

Zwar says he hopes Americans will warm to the show's anarchic humour.

"You look at Sarah Silverman, Dimitri Martin and left-field comedians. They're similar to Wilfred's demographic. And Flight of the Conchords," he said.

"The interesting thing will be how they can take a cult idea and put a little bit of a spin on it to make it more mainstream."

Wilfred began as a Tropfest film before having two seasons on SBS. It has at times been noted for its controversial inclusion of marijuana use and liberal language. At one stage SBS was considering moving the late night comedy to an earlier time slot, which could have impacted on the show's content.

"We had an idea that a bark would go over the c-word when they were thinking of going at 9pm. But it ended up at 10pm," says Zwar.

"Everyone asks if we wanted to make a cult show, but no I wanted to make a really accessible show! But by nature it was on at 10pm on SBS. We were given a bit of freedom and this is what we made."

David Zuckerman said of the show, "Jason Gann is one of the funniest, most twisted minds I've ever had the pleasure of working with, despite being a foreigner and therefore untrustworthy. And I’m thrilled to be part of the FX family -- their support and enthusiasm has been extraordinary."

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