Let the speculation and online campaigns begin! Months after HBO decided not to renew comedy series Bored to Death for another season, it appears that the network is mulling over the prospect of a feature film sendoff for the quirky show. The speculation began when star Ted Danson revealed to a French journalist that there was a good chance of a 90-minute movie happening. Vulture reached out to HBO for comment, and the network responded that there had “been some conversations” but cautioned, “it’s at a very early stage.” That is, don’t hold your breath.
Fan outcry (and continued DVD sales) led to an Arrested Development revival as the show is now returning for one more season on Netflix followed by a feature film, and Community fans have rallied early with the “Six Seasons and a Movie” battle cry becoming the show’s unofficial motto. Whether a Bored to Death movie actually happens or not is still very much in the air, but stranger things have happened. The final season of the show ended last December.
Post-Sopranos (and to a certain extent post-Six Feet Under, The Wire and Deadwood), HBO has been trying to find its signature shows. They’ve had some success with comedy, but though Entourage has been running for a while now, many (like Flight of the Concords, Extras, Eastbound and Down) have had one or two season runs by the nature of their creators. It’ll be interesting to see how long they can go with Bored to Death –it has the potential to go for a while – mostly because both Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis are movie stars. But these days, maybe you can do both TV and movies. My review of the Blu-ray of Bored to Death: Season One after the jump.
by Ron Messer Posted: August 17th, 2010 at 11:00 am
Documentaries have undoubtedly grown closer in style to narrative features over the past 20 years. Similarly, when documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini moved into the narrative world, they brought their old techniques with them. That first feature, American Splendor, made a big splash, thanks to its fresh and complicated approach that broke standard filmmaking conventions and included material from mediums that varied from comic books and film to television.
Springer Berman filled us in recently on her latest film, The Extra Man, which continues its gradual, national release today in top 10 markets, with Chicago. Hit the jump for the interview’s audio and transcript, along with info on her new HBO film Cinema Verite featuring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, Thomas Dekker and James Gandolfini, where she stands on a big divide in the documentary world and a story she’s never told publicly about American Splendor’s late subject, Harvey Pekar.