These days, dogs on the small screen are doing less fetching and romping and more relating. On The Sarah Silverman Program, a Chihuahua-Pug mix named Doug, is essentially Silverman's rent boy. Last night, she amped things up by declaring herself engaged to Doug (mostly to rain on her sister’s betrothal). It's edgy, funny stuff—the sort of thing that keeps Prop 8-proponents up at night. While the interspecies nuptials are getting some buzz, that canine plot-twist is timid compared to an earlier episode.
In a new series, Puppy Love, created by Amy B. Harris (of Sex in the City fame) a parade of dogs serve as boyfriends, chick magnets and child-surrogates to anxiety-prone New Yorkers. My favorite sequences are during closing credits, when actors, such as Alicia Witt and Janel Maloney, describe their rescue co-stars—who, by the way, steal most of the scenes. These shorts are available at L Studio hosted by Lexus (yes, the carmaker), which attracted headline talent (working for free) with a $50,000 donation to the ASPCA.