Posts tagged as bored to death

12 More TV Comedies That Netflix Should Resurrect From the Dead

Funded by the collective prayers and wishes of the internet hive mind, with possibly some help from dubious business practices in Iraq1, Arrested Development will be brought back from the dead next early Sunday morning on Netflix. The critical and financial success of this unprecedented experiment in TV resurrection will decide if other shows will be able to continue to tell their stories long after a broadcast or cable network had canceled it, thereby cheating death, defying nature. To save Netflix, or Amazon Instant, or any current or future video streaming service the burden of thinking too much when they decide to play God, here are 12 comedies whose [...]

It's Official: A 'Bored to Death' Movie Is Happening

Late last year, Ted Danson said that a 90-minute movie based on the HBO show Bored to Death was in the very, very early stages, but now it's been officially confirmed by HBO. The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO Films is developing it as a potential feature film, written by creator Jonathan Ames. This conflicts with Danson's earlier statements that it would be a 90-minute TV movie instead of a full-length feature film, but the project potentially becoming a big theatrical movie sounds pretty appealing. Bored to Death, which ran three seasons before HBO canceled it in December 2011, scored modest numbers with audiences, but its three stars, [...]

Jonathan Ames Makes Every Other WGA Awards Presenter Look Very Boring

This video of Jonathan Ames drunkenly presenting at the Writers Guild awards ceremony in New York is more entertaining than about ten different Oscar broadcasts put together. The guy does it all! Criticizing the suggested pronunciation of the nominees, struggling to place his Prosecco glass on the podium ("They said this would be flat"), casting aspersions on the suggestive shape of the awards, questioning the consoling powers of presenting an award ("Winning an award is a more festive consolation for having a show canceled. But all the awards have to go to Modern Family because it has the word family"). New role model alert.

Bored to Death Hangs Up Its Amateur Detective Trenchcoat

HBO has canceled Bored to Death after three seasons. Adios, many scenes of Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson smoking pot in cars.

Jenny Slate on Ted Danson: "He's Like the Sun!"

Here's Jenny Slate on her Bored to Death co-star Ted Danson: "Ted is a god. He’s so wise and such a good listener, and so inquisitive. I wish I knew his secret. I saw him on the street once before the show, and I remember I looked he just looked right at me and smiled. And I was like, Woah, Ted Danson! He’s so vibrant, I was like, 'He’s like the sun!' That’s the impression I had of him. And then when I met him, I felt the exact same way."

Jason Schwartzman and Jonathan Ames Are Making Another Movie Together, Not 'Bored to Death'

Earlier this week, we reported that HBO officially greenlit a movie based on its cult hit series Bored to Death, but now, word comes in via The Hollywood Reporter that Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames and star Jason Schwartzman are making a second movie together on top of that one. The duo has optioned Bernard Malamud's collection of short stories Pictures of Fidelman, which follows an art student in Rome in the 1950s. Schwartzman would star as Arthur Fidelman with filming to take place in Rome. Ames told the press that he also optioned Donald Westlake's novel 361, which he's adapting with Matt D'Elia, writer/director/star [...]

Ted Danson Says the 'Bored to Death' TV Movie Is Being Written

Back in June, we reported that a 90-minute Bored to Death HBO movie was in the earliest stages of development, but now, word comes in from the series' star Ted Danson that creator Jonathan Ames is hard at work on a script. While speaking at the GQ Gentleman's Ball last week, The Wall Street Journal reports that Danson said, "The deal is about to be signed… [Jonathan Ames] is writing it as we speak. I’m very excited." He proceeded to spill the beans on some plot details: "I think Jason [Schwartzman] becomes a policeman, which means, for him, a traffic cop. He’ll have a traffic-cop go-kart kind [...]

Jonathan Ames Bought Fans $1,600 of Drinks at Bored to Death Funeral

Bored to Death, may it rest in peace, was given a lovely send-off to the great underworld (overworld? What happens to TV shows when they die?) when creator Jonathan Ames bought fans $1,600 worth of drinks at the Brooklyn Inn on Wednesday night. John Hodgman was in attendance, too, and noted that "we've seen now in history that shows can be saved" – so maybe the show is only Bored to the brink of death. Anyway, Bored to Death's fan base was likely more easily localized than most, since the show is so Brooklyn-centric. But the example it (along with certain flash mobs) sets of television [...]

HBO vs. Showtime: Battle of the Premium Cable Comedies

Earlier this week, Showtime aired the premieres of Californication, now in its fourth season, and the brand new show Episodes. For years, the network barely bothered with comedy, but lately, with the rise of HBO, they’ve been trying to make shows beyond Dexter and The L Word, shows that will actually make you laugh. But how are they doing compared to their main competitor (sorry, Starz)? Let's pit Showtime and HBO's current five best comedies against one another and see who comes out on top.

Jonathan Ames Shares the Ins and Outs of Writing

"I think with every project we expect something more than what happens. We all love to be disappointed… The biggest crusher for me was that my second novel, The Extra Man, was rejected by about twenty publishers. I had been certain it was a good book and had devoted nearly five years of desperate living to writing it. They were my brokest, leanest years, which included moving back in with my parents at age 30 after a crack-binge, and so I was devastated when no one wanted the book. Then, months after all the rejections had rolled in, breaking my heart and my fragile ego, one publisher did want the book."


'Bored to Death' Alive?

Clue #1) Ted Danson told a French journalist that a 90-minute Bored to Death movie is possibly in the works for HBO. Clue #2) HBO told Vulture that there have "been some conversations" but "it's at a very early stage." You don't have to be Jonathan Ames to solve the mystery that this is good and maybe great news. Just think about how much weed could be smoked, how many old women can be seduced, and how many sisters can be  incested(?) in 90 minutes.

Jonathan Ames Lost His Fork and Wrote About It in the Times

"I live like the Unabomber, but without his sense of purpose." That's Jonathan Ames, creator of the recently-cancelled Bored to Death, in a funny essay about losing his fork at home.

HBO Renews Eastbound and Down and Bored to Death

Good news! HBO has picked up both Eastbound and Down and Bored to Death for third seasons.