Embedded below is the first trailer for the second season of HBO’s “Bored to Death,” the “noir comedy” that I don’t quite like but can’t stop watching. Jason Schwartzman stars as the young novelist-turned-amateur detective, while Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis play his magazine editor and best friend, respectively. In case you’re new to Warming Glow, here’s a quick recap of what I like about the show:
- Ted Danson.
- Zach Galifianakis.
- Excellent guest stars.
- Filmed in Brooklyn.
- Frequent nods to the brilliance of Raymond Chandler.
And a list of what sucks:
- Jason Schwartzman’s midget stature and stupid flat-ironed hair.
In its attempt to succeed in the realm between Chandler’s hardbitten noir and The Pink Panther‘s humor, the show ultimately fails at both. And it’s all because I can’t believe that Schwartzman, playing a Woody Allen nebbish in a trench coat, is a character who would ever have the balls to seek out anything resembling danger. This show could be awesome if it killed off Schwartzman’s character and replaced him with someone like Nathan Fillion’s Castle. Maybe if we can get rid of TV and film characters who are writers and total pussies, we can get rid of actual writers who are total pussies. And then Slate will go out of business. Everyone wins.