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Trailer: “Bored to Death” Season 2 by Barbecue Bros
September 12, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Season 2 starts 9/26 and will be paired with season 2 of “Eastbound & Down.”

(via @JonathanAmes)

Trailer: “Bored to Death” season 2 by Barbecue Bros
July 6, 2010, 11:34 am
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“Bored to Death” got a surprising second season following an uneven but often hilarious eight-episode first season. I’m a big fan of author Jonathan Ames (who serves as writer and executive producer) as well as the main cast of Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson, so I was excited when it was renewed. It returns this September on HBO.

(via @JonathanAmes)

Read This: TV’s Extraordinary Season and the Rules That Shaped It by Barbecue Bros

NY Mag’s latest feature story is an in-depth piece on the rules that governed the success of many of this past season’s tv shows, including “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Bored to Death,” “Dexter” and “Party Down,” among others.

When all else fails, try being good. This may seem like an awfully cynical way to start an analysis of how great TV gets made. But TV is the most finely tuned of commercial instruments (up there with boy bands and political attack ads as a regurgitated product of the conscious and subconscious public will), and it does nothing merely for its health or to get to heaven. This is not to say that the creative process in TV is entirely without merit: Like almost any commercial product, it lives somewhere on the axis between commerce and art. And right now it’s more about art than commerce.

I especially liked the long article on “Modern Family,” ABC’s “warm family sitcom” which has been the biggest surprise for me and one of the biggest generators of LOLs.


Linkdown: 11/4/09 by Barbecue Bros

Hey, how about a linkdown…

Interview with Chris Pratt of “Parks and Recreation”

– After Hugh Jackman dropped out of hosting this year’s Oscars, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin have been tapped to co-host but it was almost Steve Martin/Tina Fey

James Franco will guest on “30 Rock” after his arc on “General Hospital”; Padma from “Top Chef” will also guest

Highlights from the “Bored to Death” panel at the Paley Center last night

– Ryan Adams released a new song you guys

– The Village Voice speaks with Julian Casablancas

“Dexter” hit a season high with last Sunday’s episode, and has gained 600k viewers over the past three weeks

And finally, “in its debut on German television Sunday night, Emmy-winning comedy “30 Rock” scored a 0.0 rating, meaning fewer than 5,000 viewers tuned in.”

Linkdown: 10/7/09 by Barbecue Bros

– AV Club’s latest inventory, this time of 42 10+ minute “pop songs” which includes the awesome “Do You Know How to Waltz?” by Low

2. Low, “Do You Know How To Waltz?” (14:37)
The longest song by Duluth, Minnesota’s finest export starts with two minutes of slowly building rumble before a snare snap signals that its heart has arrived. Then husband and wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker sadly harmonize for a couple of minutes before giving the epic “Do You Know How To Waltz?” back to instrumental rumble, which builds ominously for another 10. It was the first time this quiet band decided to get sort of loud, and they did so in epic fashion.

Interview with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg of Zombieland

– First song by “Jesus Christ.” (the indie band) is available on Gorilla vs. Bear

Pavement to headline and curate next year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England

“Bored to Death” has been renewed, which is awesome news

All 93 tracks from the upcoming video game DJ Hero

– Slate: “Coercive sex, a Sterling Cooper tradition”

Tuesday Trailers: 9/15/09 by Barbecue Bros
September 15, 2009, 2:12 pm
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Up in the Air – Jason Reitman’s latest movie, and one that is gaining a lot of positive buzz from TIFF.

“The Office”/”Community” – Quietly, it seems like the fall season has snuck up on us and both shows are premiering this coming Thursday. “The Office” may not be quite as clever or funny as it was in season 2 or 3, but its still a quality show with a lot of laughs, as I’m rediscovering as I rewatch season 5 on Blu-ray. I’m excited to see how “Community” fares.

“Bored to Death” – The latest HBO comedy (urm, “noir-otic comedy”) starring Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed private eye. Zach Galifianakis and Ted Dansen also star. The show seems to promise lots of guest stars – Patton Oswalt, Kristen Wiig, Parker Posey, and Oliver Platt all appear in the first episode

Linkdown: 9/14/09 by Barbecue Bros

Part 2 of AV Club’s Fall TV preview, including a preview of “Community” and “Bored to Death”

Video interview with Matt Damon of the upcoming The Informant!

– Speaking of which, a review of The Informant! from the Toronto International Film Festival

– Viggo Mortensen talks The Road

Beatles Rock Band has a 89 on Metacritic, and I can confirm that its awesome

– Some shots of the “Lost” season 6 poster (via Vulture)

“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” wins a Creative Emmy, as does Tina Fey for her Sarah Palin character; here is her acceptance speech:

“Mrs. Palin is an inspiration to working mothers everywhere because she bailed on her job right before Fourth of July weekend. You are living my dream. Thank you, Mrs. Palin.”

– An interview with Neil Patrick Harris on becoming Hollywood’s first openly gay breakout star