‘Bored to Death’ Star Reacts to Potential Movie News
Although it's about as likely as that 'Deadwood' movie getting made, the best way to get HBO to pony up for a 'Bored to Death' movie after its abrupt cancellation is to get people talking about it, right? After all, people must not be talking about it enough, if series star John Hodgman hadn't even heard the rumor. What did Hodgman have to say about the possibility, and what a fourth season of the HBO noir comedy might have looked like?
Earlier this week, the news broke (and was confirmed by Vulture) that HBO had begun "early talks" to revive the cancelled ensemble comedy 'Bored to Death' with a potential TV movie, after series star Ted Danson confirmed the possibility to a French journalist. Starring major talents Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, the series ran for 3 seasons and 24 episodes total before HBO decided to pull the plug, leaving more than a few plot threads hanging.
After all, is the last thing people really want to remember Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) neglecting to tell his half-sister (Isla Fisher) of their shared parentage, in order to keep dating? We think not. Still, Vulture tracked down recurring series star, and sometime 'The Daily Show' correspondent John Hodgman at the New York premiere of 'Harvey,' who hadn't yet heard of the potential revival. Says Hodgman, who played lead character Jonathan Ames' literary rival Louis Green:
Nothing would make me happier! If that information is true, then chills have just run up and down my whole body, just hearing that — happy chills. But Ted Danson, hard to say — working very hard these days on 'CSI,' maybe he was suffering from some jet lag, you know what I mean? He could be easily confused. You know, my dream was to bring 'Bored to Death' back as a radio drama, as a series of radio dramas, because that's where the money is. But if Ted Danson wants to bring it back as a movie, boy oh boy. I think that the audience is there.
Hodgman went on to describe the mood after word of 'Bored to death's cancellation first broke, and of potential ideas for a fourth season that series creator Jonathan Ames (the real one) shared with him:
All I remember is that for the first four episodes, it would only be me, and the guys wouldn't appear until like the last episode, yeah. It would be a real switcheroo. I think that's what he said to me. But actually, without revealing too much, there was an element that we would pick up with the guys a little later on. Even when he was thinking there might be a fourth season, that there might be a little time jump. Not a major 'Battlestar Galactica'–style time jump, but there be some time lapsed. And that would be even more appropriate now."
So, still a pipe dream? Or does 'Bored to Death' stand a chance of actually making it back onto HBO as a TV movie? Tell us what you'd like to see from future 'Bored to Death' in the comments below!