"Wilfred," an adaptation of a hit Australian comedy, is debuting in the time slot just before "Louie," and the two shows work as perfect companions.

"Wilfred," an adaptation of a hit Australian comedy, is debuting in the time slot just before "Louie," and the two shows work as perfect companions.

After Ryan (Elijah Wood) has a failed suicide attempt, he sees Wilfred, his attractive neighbor's dog, as a walking, talking man in a dog costume (played by Jason Gann).

Gann was the creator and Wilfred of the original series, and, despite Wood's top-billing, Gann is the real star, stealing every scene as a bong-smoking, beer-swilling, Matt Damon-loving man/canine.

One moment Wilfred will help Ryan by waxing existential about the pursuit of happiness or the pitfalls of holding back, and the next he describes the delicacy of devouring a possum in an unusually gross manner.

Though I had reservations about Wood, he turns in a strong performance as an untrustworthy protagonist - is he really having conversations with a dog? - while delving into his funny side.

I'm not sure what Wilfred really is or where this plot will go, but the show is quite funny and keenly poignant.