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Jonathan Ames Is Adapting an Icelandic Inmate Revolt Dramedy for Showtime

On top of creating a scripted comedy for Starz with Patrick Stewart, THR reports that Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames is also adapting the Icelandic dramedy World's End into a half-hour series for premium network Showtime. The series will follow a high school English teacher "struggling with life, love and his disaffected students, who spins out of control and winds up committed to a mental institution, where, ironically, he finally feels normal and becomes the leader of an inmate revolt." Ames will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Ben Silverman and his former Bored to Death EP Stephanie Davis. Click through to watch the [...]

Check Out the Trailer Above Average's New Web Series 'Storytime'

The clever folks at Above Average have posted the trailer for their new web series, Chioke Nassor's Storytime, which features comedians telling some of their favorite true stories and then playing each character in the re-enactment of that story. The first three episodes premiere this week, with stories from Aparna Nancherla, Eric Andre, and Jonathan Ames. Of course, you'll recognize Chioke's name as one of the writers in Splitsider's own Exquisite Corpse Project. Below, check out an old episode of Storytime, with a story from stand-up and improviser Sasheer Zamata about missed connections and flashing.

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, [...]

MaxFunCon Is Heading East

MaximumFunCon, Jesse Thorn's annual weekend of well-dressed, bookish comedy is getting an east coast version. From October 26-28, Maximum Fun fans will gather for a weekend of comedy, classes, activities, and merriment in the sure to be archetypally autumnal Poconos. (Just look at the picture.) Performers and presenters include Michael Ian Black, Jonathan Ames, Dick Cavett, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner, Kevin Allison, and more!!!! Get more info here. It's a good place to wear that sweater vest one last time before the transition into full-length sweater weather.

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 [...]

Starz Orders Two Seasons of 'Blunt Talk', a New Comedy Created by Jonathan Ames and Starring Patrick Stewart

Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames is returning to TV with a new show. Pay cable network Starz has ordered 20 episodes of Blunt Talk, a new scripted comedy created by Ames (who will also serve as showrunner), produced by Seth MacFarlane, and starring Patrick Stewart. The 20 episodes will be split across two seasons, and the show will debut in 2015.

Blunt Talk will star Stewart as Walter Blunt, the British host of an American cable news show in which he gives advice on how Americans should live their lives, while dealing with a dysfunctional staff, network bosses, multiple ex-wives and children, and his British alcoholic manservant.

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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 [...]

'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.

Jonathan Ames Shows Us the Time He Boxed a Stranger in a Hotel Room

As part of Chioke Nassor's new Storytime series, Jonathan Ames reenacts the time he purposefully got in a boxing match with a stranger in a hotel room in his underwear. Apparently that was all there was do to in New York in the 90s when you didn't feel like working.

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."

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Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: Jonathan Ames' 'I Love You More Than You Know'

About this time last year, you were likely getting excited for the next season of Bored to Death, which we've since learned was its last. Well, the writing of Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death's creator, not the Bored to Death character) might be the best way to fill this autumnal void. Ames is a novelist by trade – most notably of The Extra Man, which eventually got turned into a movie a couple years ago – but arguably he's better known as a personal essayist. Ames, not unlike the Jonathan Ames character on Bored to Death, is a fairly normal person who likes to put himself in uncomfortable and/or perverse situations, [...]

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.