Like 30 Rock, Bored to Death was another cult comedy about New York that got cancelled way too soon. Set primarily in Brooklyn, the show followed Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), a writer who puts ads on Craigslist so he can moonlight as a private detective to solve petty crimes. And boy does he find himself in some, um, interesting situations. But that’s Craigslist for you!
But the show is about more than Jonathan’s slapstick antics. It’s about his best friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis), a comic book illustrator and his sperm, and it’s about his weirdly platonic-paternal relationship with the pot-smoking, dysfunctional George Christopher (Ted Danson), an editor at a powerful New York magazine who once decided that he was bored with life and wanted a new experience, so tried to have sex with a black guy. Talk about spicing things up!
Even though people apparently got bored with Bored — the show was cancelled after three short seasons because of dwindling viewership — it was to me one of the freshest, most exciting shows on television. And now HBO is throwing us a bone. Entertainment Weekly reports that HBO is developing a Bored to Death movie featuring the original cast. No release dates or plot lines have been revealed, but this is certainly something to look forward to this year!