A couple of months ago, Seth featured a teaser clip for the upcoming HBO show, “Bored to Death,” and in my opinion, it looked fantastic. I dig the hell out of private detective shows, and the idea of a PI show on a pay cable channel is even more intriguing. In fact, after seeing the promo trailer below, I think I may resubscribe to HBO again (it’s an on-again, off-again relationship between the two of us in between “Big Love” seasons).
The detective show stars Jason Schwartzman as a writer who decided to moonlight as a detective (apparently, after reading to many noir mysteries). His BFF is played by Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson is involved somehow — a pot-smoking white-haired mogul or something or another.
And while I’m easily bored with most procedurals, PI shows are like candy to me. See also: “Psych” and “Veronica Mars.” And sometimes, the best part are the guest stars that appear in each episode. There are a lot of 80s has-beens that tend to show up in “Psych,” like Curtis Armstrong, Cybil Sheppard, Ally Sheedy, and Cary Elwes, among many other. There’s some amusing novelty in that. But when you air on HBO, you get a much higher class of victims and villains to come in as guest stars. Check out some of these names, who will be showing up on “Bored to Death”: Parker Posey, Olivia Thirlby, Oliver Platt, Bebe Neuwirth, Patton Oswalt, Kristin Wiig, and if I’m not mistaken, I may have seen Patricia Clarkson briefly, too.
It may be a little quirky for some peoples taste (and the tagline — “a noir-otic comedy” — is insufferable), but “Bored to Death” instantly brings a little hope to the new fall season. Check out the promo. Also: No whining, goddamnit.