DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Monday -

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

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