Bored To Death

bored-to-deathThe adventures of quirky Brooklyn writer/private eye Jonathan Ames look set to continue with news that HBO are developing a film version of Bored to Death.

The comedy series ran for three seasons between 2009-11 and featured a brilliant cast of Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.

Schwartzman played the role of Ames, who was created by the real-life writer Jonathan Ames.

“Jonathan, Ray, and George reunite to fight crime, commit crime, lose their minds and fail at love in a Bored to Death feature-length slapstick adventure,” reads the film’s logline. Continue reading »

On Monday, October 10 , HBO Canada , a multiplex channel of Astral ‘s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment ‘s Movie Central (Western Canada), brings smart, quirky comedies to Monday nights with the addition of new HBO programming to its fall line-up.

Starting Monday, October 10 are: the third season of Bored To Death at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT , starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, followed by the debut of HBO’s new half-hour series Enlightened , starring Laura Dern, at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT.

Created by real-life author Jonathan Ames, Bored To Death stars Jason Schwartzman as the fictional Jonathan Ames, a noir-obsessed writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective listing his services on Craigslist.

In Season 3, Ames has published A Blonde in the Woods , his collection of mystery storie swhile putting his sleuthing skills to the test for myriad clients.

Along for the ride again are Jonathan’s mentor and benefactor George Christopher (played by Ted Danson), and his cartoonist friend Ray Hueston (played by Zach Galifianakis).

Also this season: a shocking revelation drives Jonathan to embark on a quest to find his biological father; George opens an artisanal restaurant, “George on Jane,” while also attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter; and Ray begins to transform into a Park Slope mom when one of the lesbians who bought his sperm on the black market contacts him after her divorce.

Guest stars this season include series veterans Allyce Beasley, Samantha Bee, Olympia Dukakis, John Hodgman, Richard Masur, Bebe Neuwirth, Patton Oswalt and Oliver Platt, as well as Dick Cavett, Chris Elliott, Halley Feiffer, Isla Fisher, Stacy Keach, David Rasche, Sarah Silverman, Mary Steenburgen, Casey Wilson and Zach Woods.

Executive Produced by Mike White and Laura Dern, Enlightened stars Dern as Amy Jellicoe, an ambitious executive at a global conglomerate who has been her own worst enemy for most of her adult life. Her self-destructive choices, both at home and at work, have resulted in a very public, humiliating nervous breakdown. After an extended stay at a treatment centre in Hawaii, Amy returns to her fractured life, determined to lead a more enlightened existence that inspires her to adopt a new attitude in her private life and at her company. But upon returning to the office, Amy discovers that her new enlightened outlook is unwelcome and even threatening to her co-workers and loved ones.

Enlightened also stars Luke Wilson as Amy’s drug-addicted ex-husband Levi; Oscar ® -nominee and Dern’s real-life mother Diane Ladd, as Amy’s disapproving mother Helen; Sarah Burns as Krista, the former assistant who has taken Amy’s old job; Timm Sharp as Amy’s sleazy boss Dougie; Amy Hill as Judy, the no-nonsense human resources rep who won’t give Amy a break; and Mike White as Amy’s seemingly meek co-worker Tyler.

New episodes of Bored To Death and Enlightened will be broadcast in High Definition, and available on demand following their network premieres. In Eastern Canada the series will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron’s Illico Web, and in Western Canada via HBO Canada on Demand for Movie Central with Shaw Video On Demand, Shaw Direct Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.

From exclusive HBO programming to cutting-edge original Canadian series and films, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada), brings viewers the hottest series, documentaries and specials available on premium television this fall.

Subscribers will have access to this talked-about programming on multiple platforms including on HBO Canada OnDemand and HBO Canada OnLine.

On Sunday, September 25, HBO Canada’s fall season gets into full swing with new episodes of HBO’s Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated prohibition-era drama, Boardwalk Empire.

Leading into Boardwalk Empire’s premiere on September 25 is Season 2 of the no-holds-barred, Gemini-nominated Canadian original comedy series Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley.

Also in September is Beauty Day, an original documentary from The Movie Network and Movie Central about the Canadian cult basic cable series The Cap’n Video Show.

Sunday, October 2 brings new seasons of the HBO comedy series Hung and How to Make It in America, followed on October 5 and 6 with Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Monday, October 10 is the premiere of HBO’s Enlightened, a new half-hour series about a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a life altering meltdown, and Season 3 of Bored To Death starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Rounding out October is the Season 2 premiere of the David Steinberg-helmed Gemini-nominated comedy Living In Your Car.

Additional information about HBO Canada’s fall programming is outlined below. All HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.:


Beauty Day 

Premieres Monday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

Before Tom Green and Jack Ass there was Ralph Zavadil “Captain Video.” This original documentary chronicles Zavadil’s cable access television show, The Cap’n Video Show, which featured Zavadil performing a series of idiotic and occasionally dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern Ontario audience. With the advent of the Internet and reality television still years away, his unique brand of gross-out stunt comedy was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to get noticed.


Call Me Fitz (Season 2)

Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/MT

Debuting with back-to-back half-hour episodes, Call Me Fitz returns with Jason Priestley as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a handsome, substance-abusing used-car salesman who torments his naïve co-workers, sleeps with any woman who has a pulse, and thinks his life is perfect. Also starring Ernie Grunwald, Peter MacNeill, Kathleen Munroe, Tracy Dawson, Donavon Stinson and Brooke Nevin.


Boardwalk Empire (Season 2)

Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT

From Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire returns to chronicle the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. Set in 1921, a few months after the end of Season 1, the series picks up after Nucky and his lieutenants – including young WWI veteran Jimmy Darmody – appeared to solidify their power by successfully rigging an election and getting a Nucky crony elected as Mayor. Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael K. Williams, Dabney Coleman, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Piazza and Stephen Graham.


Hung (Season 3)

Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

From creators Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin, HBO’s half-hour comedy Hung returns to the recession-plagued suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, for its third season. The series continues to follow divorced, middle-aged former high school sports legend Ray Drecker as he continues to exploit his best asset in order to survive. At the conclusion of Season 2, Ray contemplated a break from the business after eyeing a possible second chance with ex-wife Jessica, but Lenore may not be willing to give him up without a fight. Starring Thomas Jane, Jane Adams, Anne Heche and Rebecca Creskoff.


How to Make It in America (Season 2)

Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT

HBO’s half-hour comedy series that follows two enterprising twentysomethings as they try to achieve the American Dream in the bohemian subculture of downtown New York City, returns for its second season. In the first season, friends and business partners Ben Epstein and Cam Calderon attempted to use their street knowledge and connections to make a name for themselves in the city’s competitive fashion scene. Starring Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Martha Plimpton and Shannyn Sossamon. The series is executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss, series creator Ian Edelman, Julian Farino, Jada Miranda and Mark Wahlberg.


George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Part One Premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m.; Part Two Premieres Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 p.m.

Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces music icon George Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker. The documentary combines interviews with Harrison and his closest friends with performances, home movies and photographs, and features Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. 


Bored To Death (Season 3)

Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m.

HBO’s quirky half-hour comedy returns for its third season, following Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, who lives his life based on a character from his favourite series of detective novels – an unlicensed, inexperienced private eye. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis, written and executive produced by Jonathan Ames, and co-executive produced by David Becky and Stephanie Davis.



Premieres Monday, October 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT

Blending comedy and drama, Enlightened focuses on Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a meltdown. After three months of contemplation and meditation at a treatment centre in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her mother Helen, with whom Amy is now living; her slacker ex-husband Levi whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to. Starring Laura Dern, Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd.


Living in Your Car (Season 2)

Premieres Monday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT

Executive produced by legendary Canadian comedic talent David Steinberg, Living In Your Car tells the riches to rags story of Steve Unger, a fallen corporate executive who is now living in a converted van, and finds himself settling deeper into the life of a car dweller while attempting to reconcile his growing empathy for the have-nots with his still vibrant need for riches and power. Starring John Ralston, Ingrid Kavelaars, Mariah Horner, Colin Cunningham, Joe Cobden, Ivo Canelas, Kathryn Winslow and Jason Blicker, and featuring appearances by Colin Mochrie, Patrick McKenna, Deb McGrath and Kristin Booth. Series directors include Bruce McDonald, Paul Fox, Shawn Alex Thompson and Henry Sarwer-Foner.


All programming will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand following the network premieres. In Eastern Canada programming will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron’s Illico Web and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with Shaw and Shaw Direct Video On Demand and Bell TV Online.

HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada), welcomes back unlicensed private detective and noir-fiction obsessed writer Jonathan Ames, and endearingly arrogant former major-league pitcher Kenny Powers. Bored To Death (Season 2) premieres Sunday, September 26 at 10 p.m ET/MT, followed by Eastbound & Down (Season 2) at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT.

Starring Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames – New York writer and wannabe private detective – the second season of Bored To Death begins as Jonathan decides to teach creative writing night classes to help make ends meet.

While moonlighting as a teacher, Jonathan continues to put his amateur sleuthing skills to use by taking on some new desperate clients ranging from a kinky politician to the publishing rival of his sexagenarian pal, George Christopher (Ted Danson). Bored To Death also stars Zach Galifianakis as Jonathan’s laconic, hen-pecked cartoonist friend Ray Heuston.

The half-hour series is based on the semi-autobiographical musings of real-life eclectic author Jonathan Ames. Season 2 guest stars include Oliver Platt, Laila Robins, John Hodgman, Kristen Wiig, Kristen Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis, and Ames himself.

From several of Hollywood’s top comedy minds, including Will Ferrell and Adam MacKay (Funny or Die Presents), HBO’s no-holds-barred, half-hour comedy series Eastbound & Down returns to follow the exploits of arrogant, burned-out, former big league ball player Kenny Powers (Danny McBride). After learning in the Season 1 finale that an offer to pitch in Tampa Bay was bogus, Kenny dumped his then girlfriend April Buchanon at a local gas station, then headed south in his SUV alone with his humiliation.

As the second season begins, Kenny has landed in a small Mexican town where he’s taken up residence with his lackey Steve Janowski (Steve Little) – who’s tracked Kenny down using a credit card trail – and a new love interest, sultry lounge singer Vida (Ana de la Reguera). Together with his crew, Kenny fashions a comeback scenario that involves a local baseball team, the Charros, and its filthy-rich owner, Sebastian Cisneros (Michael Peña).

Bored To Death and Eastbound & Down will be simulcast on HBO Canada HD, and new episodes will be available on demand. Episodes will also be available on The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV following their network premieres.

(From a press release)