TV show’s star golden retriever couldn’t get into the United States
This talented golden retriever is having a ruff time crossing the US border.
Levi — a 4-legged actor from Canada who co-stars on The CW’s upcoming drama “In the Dark” — couldn’t attend the network’s fall-schedule rollout in Manhattan Thursday because his entry papers weren’t in order.
The retriever’s handlers didn’t have time to prepare the necessary forms to cross the border and attend the upfronts, a major event for advertisers, because The CW only finalized its fall schedule last Friday, according to Deadline Hollywood.
”In the Dark” — in which Levi plays Pretzel, a heroic guide dog for a blind woman — films in Toronto.
It’s common practice for networks to fly in their big stars from around the world to woo those who would pay big bucks for pricey ad time.
But with Levi stuck north of the border, his co-star Perry Mattfeld was forced to go onstage alone.
“In the Dark” stars Mattfeld (“Shameless”) as a “flawed and irreverent blind woman” named Murphy who’s the lone witness to the murder of her drug-dealing friend Tyson.
After the cops ignore her story, Murphy and Pretzel launch their own investigation into the crime.
Murphy also has a “colorful” dating life and a job she hates at a guide-dog school, Breaking Blind, owned by her helicopter parents.
She’s described as a “disaffected, hard-drinking, promiscuous mess who pushes away anyone who cares for her,” including her roommate, who’s a veterninarian.
The CW has high hopes for “In the Dark.”
The idea for the series originated from the network’s social-good program, called CW Good, which partnered with the Guide Dogs of America organization to sponsor litters of puppies to be trained as guide dogs, according to Deadline.
Levi is currently the only dog co-starring in a prime-time series, though there are several shows, including NBC’s “This Is Us,” that feature dogs in the cast — though they’re just supporting players.
”In the Dark” has an A-list human pedigree, too.
It’s executive-produced by Ben Stiller with showrunner Jon Collier (“Bones”) overseeing the show’s day-to-day operations.
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