19. Bored To Death
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson
Premiere Date: October 10
Why we’re excited: When Bored To Death premiered back in September 2009, it wasn’t in the best of shape. The cast was there, with Jason Schwartzman put under a well-deserved spotlight (as a struggling novelist who moonlights as a low-rent private eye) and Zach Galifianakis riding high off of The Hangover’s enormous success that summer, but the first batch of episodes were sluggish, and Schwartzman, usually a vibrant delight, awkwardly bumbled through silly plots.
Last season, however, creator Jonathan Ames, the humorous writer whom Schwartzman plays a fictionalized version of on the show, pinpointed Bored To Death’s lifeline: the deadpan comedic chemistry between Schwartzman, Galifianakis, and Ted Danson. Giving more screen time to Danson, specifically, HBO’s quirkiest property found its groove, relying less upon Schwartzman and more upon his co-stars’ more colorful characters.
And now that Bored To Death is locked into a workable ensemble structure, it’s one of TV’s most irreverently funny options. As long as its central trio remains top priority, all should be well. Shit, we might even start to forgive Galifianakis for The Hangover Part II.