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‘Bored To Death’ Film In The Works At HBO

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

HBO‘s noir comedy series Bored To Death, which ended its three-season run in Nov. 2011, is getting a second act as a potential movie to air on the pay cable network. HBO Films has put in development a Bored To Death film written by the series creator/executive producer, author Jonathan Ames.

While it had a relatively narrow appeal and attracted modest audiences, the Bored To Death series quickly achieved a cult status and developed devoted following by a group of core fans, while also earning largely positive reviews from critics. It also boasted one of the strongest casts assembled on a TV show with three actors who all have carried a theatrical movie: Jason Schwartzman as struggling novelist-turned-amateur sleuth Jonathan Ames, Zach Galifianakis as Jonathan’s comic book artist best friend Ray, and Ted Danson as Jonathan’s womanizing, pot-loving mentor George.

The movie will feature the same characters — Jonathan, Ray, and George — as they reunite to fight crime, commit crime, lose their minds, and fail-at-love in what is described as a Bored To Death feature-length slapstick adventure. The film is in very early stages, and there are no deals in place with Schwartzman, Galifianakis and Danson, but the actors have expressed their fondness for the show and desire to reprise their roles. Ames … Read More »

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HBO: ‘Hung’, ‘Bored To Death’ And ‘How To Make It In America’ Cancelled; ‘Enlightened’ Renewed

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 10:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Here’s Mike White’s reaction to his series Enlightened getting a second-season renewal by HBO: “I know HBO has had to make some hard decisions. I feel very lucky that they are letting us make more Enlightened. We will do our best to make something cool.”

PREVIOUS: Those two Golden Globe nominations sure helped. HBO has just picked up the Mike White-Laura Dern comedy Enlightened for a second season, while canceling three other comedy series: Hung, Bored To Death and How To Make It In America. Enlightened drew critical praise but struggled mightily in the ratings on Mondays. However, ratings have never been the deciding factor in HBO’s renewal decisions as evident by the longevity of David Simon’s New Orleans drama Treme. The network was already leaning towards picking up Enightened for Season 2 when the dark comedy earned two Golden Globe nominations last week, for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series, Dern. Hung and Bored To Death are ending their runs after three seasons, How To Make It In America after two. Of the four comedies that learned their fate today, Hung has been the highest-rated, and star Thomas Jane recently landed his second Golden Globe nomination for his role. But in the end that wasn’t enough. Read More »

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Is Time Warner Cable Really, Finally, Close To A Deal To Offer HBO Go?

It’s stange that a former corporate cousin of HBO — Time Warner Cable — remains the biggest pay TV company that still doesn’t offer subscribers the opportunity to access the HBO Go digital streaming service. But that will change “soon,” Time Warner Cable COO Robert Marcus tells Bloomberg. Marcus declined to say what’s holding things up — and we’ve been hearing for months that a deal was just around the corner. Still, if Marcus’ prediction is correct, then it means the HBO customers among TWC’s 12.1M subscribers will be able to watch shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Hung, Bored To Death, and Real Time With Bill Maher on demand from Web-connected devices including tablets and mobile phones. It’s important to HBO because TWC serves two of its biggest markets, Manhattan and Los Angeles. TWC and Cablevision are the only major cable, satellite, and telco video providers that still don’t offer HBO Go.

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HBO’s ‘Enlightened’ Off To A Soft Start

By | Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 12:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Opening a new night of original programming is not easy, so expectations for HBO’s new Monday 9 PM comedy block — which faces CBS’ comedies, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Fox’s House and ESPN’s Monday Night Football — were modest. Even by that standard, the well-received new Mike White/Laura Dern comedy Enlightened opened low with 210,000 viewers at 9:30 PM. It slipped a little from its lead-in, the third-season premiere of Bored To Death, which drew 240,000 viewers. Quirky noir comedy Bored To Death was down dramatically from its season premiere last fall, which averaged 1.05 million viewers, but back then, the show aired on Sundays following Boardwalk Empire, which drew 3.33 million viewers on the night of the Bored debut. This time around, it is dark comedy Hung that follows Boardwalk Empire and, like Bored to Death last year, it opened with 1.1 million viewers earlier this month. (Boardwalk Empire logged 2.6 million that night) Sophomore comedy How To Make It To America dropped further to 467,000 viewers at 10:30 PM. While soft, the numbers for Bored and Enlightened were only slightly down from the average for another half-hour series that aired outside HBO’s signature Sunday night, drama In Treatment.

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3 Arts Manager/Producer Stephanie Davis Leaves To Launch Her Own Company

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 4:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: 3 Arts Entertainment’s Stephanie Davis is leaving the management/production company to launch her own shingle, Wet Dog Entertainment. “For the past eight years, 3 Arts has been a great home that provided a wonderful platform to grow my management and producing career,” said Davis. “But I’ve always dreamed about being on my own, and now felt like the right time.” Davis is bringing the majority of her clients at 3 Arts to her new company, including Jonathan Ames, Mike Birbiglia, Clay Tarver, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Bill D’Elia, Gigi Levangie, Ned Benson, Kasi Lemmons and Eli Craig. She is executive producing Ames’ HBO comedy Bored to Death, which just started production on Season 3. She also exec produced with Levangie USA’s Starter Wife miniseries and series and Lifetime’s Maneater miniseries and served as a producer on the Kevin Kline-starring movie The Extra Man, co-written by Ames. “We had a great run with Stephanie, we enjoyed working with her and wish her the best of luck in the new endeavor,” 3 Arts partner Michael Rotenberg said. Added partner David Miner: “Stephanie leaves with only our admiration and gratitude. She remains a friend and peer and someone we respect deeply for her passion taste and work ethic.” Davis will continue to work with 3 Arts on a number of projects.

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HBO CASTINGS: Jeff Daniels Closes For Sorkin Pilot, Five Join Returning Series

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 5:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jeff Daniels has closed his deal to play the male lead in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes at a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor Will McCallister (Daniels), who has his own cable show, a female executive producer and staff. Greg Mottola is directing. Daniels is with ICM.

David Rasche (Ugly Betty) has joined the cast of HBO’s comedy series Bored to Death as a recurring. He will play Bernard Morse, a West Coast rival for George Christopher (Ted Danson). Morse is a health nut with an affinity for Scottish Terriers, and he made his fortune in Silicon Valley with Philip K. Dick-like innovations. Rasche, repped by Innovative and Liebman Entertainment, also recently booked the role of Agent X in Men in Black 3D, which originally was planned for Alec Baldwin.

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HBO Renews Series ‘Bored to Death’ And ‘Eastbound & Down’

By | Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has renewed sophomore comedies Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down for a third season. With drama Boardwalk Empire already picked up for Season 2, HBO has now renewed its entire current Sunday lineup. The second season debut of Eastbound & Down averaged 1.7 million viewers, up 150% from the show’s series premiere, while Bored to Death’s season premiere audience was more modest, 1.1 million, despite following Boardwalk Empire. While not hits, the shows have remained relatively steady in the ratings, averaging 1 million viewers (Bored) and 1.44 million (Eastbound) this past Sunday, in addition to garnering critical praise for their sophomore seasons. Bored was created by Jonathan Ames and stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Eastbound was created by Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Ben Best and stars McBride.

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CABLE RATINGS: HUB OK In Debut, ‘Dexter’ Up & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

The new Hasbro/Discovery kids channel The Hub launched Sunday with solid increases vs. its predecessor Discovery Kids, but it still has long ways to go to catch up with the leaders in the space Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. For its first day, the Hub drew an average of 135,000 viewers, an increase of 650%. In primetime, Hub’s audience was 217,000, up 1347%. Over at Showtime, Dexter (1.9 million viewers) was up 10% from last week, while HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (2.6 million) slipped 26%. Similarly, Bored to Death (859,000) was down 22%, Eastbound & Down (1.2 million) was down 31%. Sunday’s cable primetime was dominated by TBS’ baseball playoff coverage, which drew 4.7 million viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: HBO’s ‘Eastbound’ Spikes In Return, ‘Boardwalk’ Dips In Week 2

By | Tuesday September 28, 2010 @ 11:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In its second airing, HBO’s period mob drama Boardwalk Empire drew 3.3 million viewers, down 31% from its premiere last week. The series, which has already been renewed for a second season, was watched by a combined 4.4 million viewers last night when the 11 PM rerun is factored in. The pilot episode, which was directed by Martin Scorsese has been seen by a total of 11 million viewers so far, including multiple plays on HBO, DVR and On Demand viewing, HBO said.

Following Boardwalk Empire was the second season premiere of off-beat comedy Bored to Death (1.1 million), which fell sharply from its lead-in but was still up 2% from its series premiere. Including the 12AM play, Bored to Death‘s cume audience was 1.5 million.

HBO’s best news of the night came at 10:30 PM where the second season debut of comedy Eastbound & Down averaged 1.7 million viewers, up 150% from the show’s series premiere and up 55% from its lead-in. The show’s total viewership for the night was 2 million.

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HBO Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Bored To Death’ & ‘Eastbound & Down’

Nellie Andreeva

The second seasons of two underrated HBO comedy series, Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down, will premiere on Sept. 26. Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, will air at 10PM, followed by Danny McBride’s Eastbound & Down at 10:30 PM.

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