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Jonathan Emerges a Genuine Hero in 'Bored to Death' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 6:00AM
'Bored to Death' - 'Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away'It was the season finale of 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO), and if ratings are any indication, it may well be the last we ever see of Jonathan, Ray and George. Ratings have dropped from nearly a million viewers each week to less than a quarter of that.

Over three seasons, we've seen each of them grow as men and as strong individuals. Perhaps most shockingly of all, Jonathan has grown so much that he was able to emerge as a bona fide hero in this finale. After deciding to help his father with a $10,000 debt he owed a baseball grounds crew, Jonathan found himself held hostage instead.

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A Break in the Case of Jonathan's Lineage on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 6:30AM
Stacy Keach, 'Bored to Death' - 'Forget the Herring'It was good news and bad news for Jonathan all night long on 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO). First, the hot girl who hooked up with him to continue his search for information about his true father slept with him. That was great news.

Then, she proved to be a far more effective sleuth than him, as well as more savvy and focused in interrogation situations. All around, she was a pretty impressive woman. But they hit a seeming dead end when the sleazy former owner (Stacy Keach) of the sperm bank their mothers went to said he lost all the records. That was bad news.

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Ray Thrown Out Naked for Cheating With Olympia Dukakis on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 6:30AM
'Bored to Death' - 'Two Large Pearls and a Gold Bar'A little tip from this week's 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO). If you're going to cheat on your significant other, try not to do it in the house you share with her. When Ray got caught cheating with an older woman -- Olympia Dukakis, no less -- he was thrown out of the house immediately.

Unfortunately for Ray, and the people out in the streets, he was in the middle of a bubble bath which "immediately" came down, and so he found himself running around outside wearing nothing but a swim cap. Luckily, George is there to help a friend in need, so Ray won't end up homeless. It also keeps him closer so he can continue going on wacky adventures with George and Jonathan, which is really what we're tuning in for every week.

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Sarah Silverman Guest Stars as 'Friendship Therapist' on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 8th 2011 9:35AM
'Bored to Death'This week on 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO) Sarah Silverman guest-starred as a "Friendship Therapist" for George and Jonathan, and she didn't pull any punches. First off, she tells Jonathan that he's an obvious "pathological, co-dependent people-pleaser" and keeps telling him to stop saying sorry.

Which of course, just makes Jonathan say it even more. Then Silverman finds the perfect way to exploit his people-pleasing tendencies: She has him (and George) rub her feet. "It helps with my menses," she explains helpfully.

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Oliver Platt as George's Restaurant Nemesis on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 1st 2011 3:45AM
'Bored to Death' - 'We Could Sing a Duet'The restaurant business is tough enough without someone coming in with the sole purpose of taking you out. But that's the situation George found himself in when his daughter's fiance, Bernard, took him to Richard's (Oliver Platt) new restaurant on 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO).

As usual, Richard was a complete tool, particularly targeting George's boast that all of his vegetables come from within 100 miles. So Richard insisted that his are from within 50 miles, which has to be like, twice as good, right?

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Jonathan Saves Dick Cavett From John Hodgman on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 2:00AM
'Bored to Death' - 'The Black Clock of Time'Jonathan's arch-nemesis Louis Green (John Hodgman) was back, and this time the two were booked on Dick Cavett's new talk show, which mean instant fun on 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO). Louis and Jonathan are always brilliantly hilarious together.

Hodgman is so delightfully evil in this role, that it was a hoot watching him lose his mind when Jonathan's segment was going so well, Louis got bumped. In an attempt at revenge, he intends to drop the curtain, but winds up going much further.

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Is George Overly Paranoid About Being Watched on 'Bored to Death'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 18th 2011 6:00AM
'Bored to Death' - 'Gumball!'With the police on his trail in relation to the murder last week, Jonathan and Ray were on the run this week on 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO). When the pair of them headed off to try and solve the case before the police found him, George hung back to deal with the cops who showed up at his place.

Afterwards, he headed off to meet up with them, but to calm his nerves he may have smoked a little bit too much weed. He started seeing spies and people watching him everywhere, so much that he stole his daughter's boyfriend's bike and ultimately dumped his phone in a mailbox.

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Jonathan Calls Ray at a Bad Time on 'Bored to Death' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 3:45AM
'Bored to Death' - 'The Blonde in the Woods''Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO) continues to confound with its third season premiere. If you just embrace the ridiculousness of Jonathan being anything close to an effective private investigator, you can enjoy it for the bizarre story of three friends that it's become. It's one of the most unpredictable and entertaining shows going.

This premiere saw Ray meeting the child he parented through sperm donation -- sort of -- leading to a very awkward scene where he found a way to quiet the child. We feel bad for the child actor who had to suckle Zach Galifianakis' nipple!

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Jason Schwartzman Previews 'Bored to Death,' Flirts With Hoda & Kourtney Kardashian (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 2:30PM
Jason Schwartzman stopped by 'Today' (9AM ET on NBC) to preview the new season of 'Bored to Death,' which premieres Sunday night on HBO. The interview with Hoda and guest-host Kourtney Kardashian displayed Schwartzman's full range of comic talents and smooth interview flirting skills.

Schwartzman revealed that in the new 'Bored to Death' season, his struggling writer-turned-amateur-private-detective character Jonathan Ames discovers his dad isn't actually his biological father, and goes on a search to find his real birth-father. He also promised the new season would feature "plushy sex, elder love, and Ted Danson as Don Quixote."

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Ted Danson Talks About Pulling Double Duty on 'CSI' and 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:00PM
Ted Danson will be pulling double-duty this Fall TV season, reprising his role as the eryudite stoner George Christopher on HBO's 'Bored to Death,' and taking on the new challenge of joining 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.' He stopped by 'Early' (9AM ET on CBS) where he talked to Chris Wragge about the pressure of joining such a long-running, successful show, and emphasized that even with all the work on his plate, he's still having a great time.

"It came out of the blue for me. It's unlike anything I've ever done," he said, "and I'm having a great time learning all this new stuff." Danson's got big shoes to fill, after Laurence Fishburne left the cast this offseason.

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TV 101: Wouldn't it be nice if HBO grew a pair?

by Jay Black, posted Feb 24th 2010 11:01AM
Last week, HBO launched a new service called "HBO Go". If you subscribe to the network through your cable system, you can now access a deep offering of its content - about 600 hours so far - on your computer.

As soon as the average hotel wireless speed improves from "AOL 1997" to something more akin to what I have at home, HBO Go is going to make my life on the road much less boring. Goodbye drinking myself to sleep at the Des Moines Holiday Inn! Hello 'Entourage'! (And , uh, drinking myself to sleep).

Happy as I am about the new service, ever since it was announced something has really been pissing me off: The way HBO Go is currently configured helps the cable companies screw over their customers.

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Despite Three Shows, Ted Danson Only Works Six Months a Year

by Bryan Reesman, posted Jan 22nd 2010 3:00PM
He's on three acclaimed television shows -- 'Damages,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Bored To Death' -- yet Ted Danson confessed to AOL that he's not as busy as you'd think.

"To be honest, I work about six months out of the year," the actor told AOL while in town Tuesday night to promote the new 'Damages' season 2 DVD release and the season 3 premiere.

"I have family weddings and have been moving into a new house, but I haven't been working that much. Truthfully. It looks like it. I could write a book, 'How to Work Half the Year'. Except when you work, when you act, it is so much easier than the real-life part. I've never been so busy in my life when I'm not working."

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Ted Danson in GQ: "I'll Answer to Ted, But Not to Malone."

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 21st 2010 11:40AM
Ted Danson has played a wide variety of roles over the course of his long and winding career. Next month, though, he takes on his most challenging role yet: GQ model.

Yes, the one-time 'Cheers' star is going to the magazine where everyone knows your inseam. But besides showcasing an array of stylish menswear, Danson also took the time to dish to GQ about his role on 'Damages,' his off-screen work with conservation groups and his ground rules for fan interaction. "I'll answer to Ted,' he says, "but not to Malone."

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My Morning Jacket to Appear on 'American Dad'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 11th 2009 4:00PM
My Morning Jacket American DadFox's 'American Dad' is set to rock -- literally.

Kentucky's finest southern-rock band, My Morning Jacket, will appear on the Nov. 22 episode of the Seth MacFarlane comedy. The episode will be titled 'My Morning Straightjacket,' and will feature not only the band in cartoon form (a first!), but six MMJ songs and guest voiceovers from the likes of Zach Galifianakis, who will play a MMJ super-fan.

"Honestly, it was an organic evolution," said 'American Dad' co-creator Mike Barker in a statement. " I was at Bonnaroo in the summer of 2008, watching MMJ play their guts out in the rain at 4 a.m. when the idea for the episode struck me. I pitched the idea to the guys the next day and thankfully they were on board."

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DVR Divas: Biting Into 'Vampire Diaries'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 10th 2009 12:29PM
Ian Somerhalder on Vampire DiariesSuperheroes are so 2006; vampires are the hotness right now. Sandy Deane and Kelly Woo grill John Kubicek from BuddyTV about why he's still hanging on to lame duck 'Heroes,' then explains why he thinks 'The Vampire Diaries' is the most "daring" and "shocking" show on TV today.

Plus we gush about the 'Bored to Death' season finale and debate if the Heather Locklear effect will fix 'Melrose Place' when she joins the cast next week.

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