DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
TED Danson. The only reason you need to watch Bored to Death. To watch anything, basically. How unreal was he in Damages? He’ll still be in it, I’d say. They’re going again. His role might involve him in an orange jumpsuit having narrow food handed to him through a slit in a door but still, better than no Ted Danson at all.
He is vastly different in Bored to Death. Still half insane, but in a self-indulgent, I miss the ’ 80s kind of way. He plays a publisher named George Christopher, and he’s one of those old, desperate men you see who hang around kids half their age in a vain bid to stay young.
It’s not all one-way traffic though, he’s always dispensing valuable advice only old people have access to. Such as a little failure is good for you, it’ll give your face some texture.
George’s magazine is now controlled by Christians who pray before board meetings, and as alarmed as he is about this, George has always been adaptable. But he’s not the star of the show here, it’s Jonathan. Played by Jason Schwartzman who is fantastic. Jonathan’s a freelance writer and also a
Vastly different: Ted Danson. private eye. Some of the cases he gets are just idiotic.
This is a rare series — the look of it, the detective part of it, feels as film noir as anything you’ll see on television.
There’s a fantastic scene tonight where he has to go to a sex dungeon and there’s an incident and he ends up running through New York wearing an S&M suit. And then turns up at George’s office just as the prayer is happening. Jonathan also has a best friend who is useless to him when he needs help.
His name’s Ray and he’s Zach Galifianakis who was Alan, Tracy’s brother, with the beard, in The Hangover. Bored to Death Showcase, Foxtel/Austar, 7.30pm