"Bored to Death" Premieres 9/20 on HBO
Jonathan Ames - Photo by Bart Everly
Saratoga Springs, NY (August 28, 2009) - Jonathan Ames is finding it is good to be bored.
The Yaddo author and performance artist is the creator, executive producer, and writer behind the new half-hour comedy series "Bored to Death" premiering September 20th on HBO. Based on a short story by Mr. Ames, it stars Jason Schwartzman as a Brooklyn-based writer-turned-private-detective named "Jonathan Ames" who nurses a painful breakup by acting out his dream to live as a character out of a Raymond Chandler novel. Hilarity ensues as the inexperienced private eye bumbles his way into a new career. Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis also star. Other cast members include Parker Posey, Heather Burns, Kristin Wiig, Oliver Platt, Bebe Neuwirth, Sarah Vowell, Jim Jarmusch, and John Hodgman. The show will air Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
It has been a busy year for Mr. Ames, whose newest book, a collection of fiction and nonfiction called The Double Life is Twice as Good, was released in July, shortly after filming wrapped for the feature film adaptation of his novel The Extra Man. The film stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes. His novel Wake Up, Sir!, loosely based on his experience as a guest artist at Yaddo, also is in development for a feature film. Mr. Ames's other published works include the essay collections What's Not to Love? and I Love You More Than You Know and the graphic novel The Alcoholic.
Follow this link to view a preview for "Bored to Death".