So while you're toiling in the kitchen today why not jam along with Jimmy Fallon and Jason Schwartzman singing the 'Turkey Stuffing Song' on 'Late Night.'
Now, at last, there is major excitement about Ray's art -- when actor Kevin Bacon arrives and displays an interest in portraying "Super Ray" in a film version of the comic. Everything could finally be working out for real-life Ray -- if he can avoid messing things up.
Then, Ray's sometime lover Jennifer (Kristen Wiig) shows up, and begins berating Ray while standing in the middle of a bar. Ray takes the abuse -- until he can't take it for a single second longer. A bartender wants to toss Ray out, and in anger, the artist pulls his arm back ... and accidentally punches Kevin Bacon in the nose. Not good.
'Bored' hero Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) is a struggling novelist with a drinking problem. When the series began, Jon had two big problems: His literary career was going nowhere, and his girlfriend had dumped him. Jon needed to change his life -- so on a whim, he started a new career as a private detective. But can a sensitive author make it in a world of bad guys and bullets?
Jason Schwartzman called TV Squad to preview season 2, which includes that nudity in the second episode (by, of all people, the show's creator, author Jonathan Ames). He also talked about the chemistry he shares with co-stars Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, his other projects and the mustache he may or may not keep.
What can you tell us about season 2? Are there arcs, new journeys for the characters?
We all have new arcs, new journeys. As a detective, my cases are getting more intense, because theoretically, I've been doing it now for a little while. I'm not getting the cream of the crop in terms of cases because I'm still unlicensed, but I am getting involved with more crime, more life or death type situations.
"I was cocky, and I would answer the phone to try to throw people off," he shared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC). But when Sly called, let's just say that didn't pan out.
"I'm distracted by what appears to be a Cheeto on your suit," noted Jimmy Kimmel. It's the actor's fake Cheeto pin, and it apparently gave him some trouble at the airport's security checkpoint.
Could it be that he seems like a nice guy? His looks? His style? His charity work? His sense of humor? His movies? Well, yes, it's all of those things, according to Kathie Lee, Hoda, and Anna.
If you're wondering why Kathie Lee mentions Schwartzman looking good in tights, it's because she took secret photos of him wearing tights in his house. OK, that's not true, it's because he wears tights in the movie.
The 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World' actor ran into Estrada in a hotel stairwell during Comic-Con, he said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). "He points at my mustache and says, 'That's a nice mustache, baby,'" said Schwartzman.
Cera always wanted to meet "Ponch", so the 'Pilgrim' co-stars scurried to get their picture taken with him. "He immediately picks up Michael Cera," explained Schwartzman. "In that picture I feel extremely jealous because he's holding Michael, and I'm the one who wants to be held."
But picking him up proved to be more difficult. Is the actor really that heavy? Jay Leno decided to find out.
"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."
(S01E08) "You think we learned anything tonight?" - Jonathan
I'll tell you what I learned -- Bored to Death has a lot of potential. All season long, I've gone from loving to hating to loving this show, and with the season finale now come and gone, there's a real opportunity here for Bored to Death to become HBO's next break-out hit when it returns. All the pieces are in place and it probably could have blown up this season had there not been so many episodes where the show tried to find its footing. Is it a detective show? Or is it about three friends in the publishing world trying to make their mark? Or is it both?
(S01E07) "I don't mean to be rude, but I was transporting chilled semen." - Ray
What a great way to set up the season finale! At this point, I'm not sure Bored to Death has turned out to be anything like what HBO originally green-lit, but, despite its many ups and downs, it sure has been fun to watch.
Not only did last night's episode feature the return of two plots, that, when originally introduced, seemed like throw-away gags (Ray's sperm donations; George's rivalry with Richard Antrem), but it also featured one helluva line-up of guest stars. It bodes well for season two and even though we still have one more episode left, I'm feeling a lot better about the direction Bored to Death is taking when compared to Hung.
(S01E06) "Excuse me -- can I get a cheeseburger, no cheese, to go?" - Jonathan
Despite its overall mediocrity thus far, those of us out there who have been sticking with Bored to Death in the hopes that it would get less, well... boring, were finally rewarded. Not only was "The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer" the best episode of the season to date (I know I've said that before, but clearly I spoke too soon), but it definitively justifies the show getting a season two renewal. This episode proved that the ensemble can actually work well together, and it also made one other thing very clear -- individually, Schwartzman, Danson, and Galifianakis are funny guys. But, together? Comic gold.
(S01E05) "Is vodka really made from potatoes?" - Jonathan
Bored to Death isn't boring me, but after last night's extremely slow episode, it's close. The premise of the show coupled with a really great cast speaks to the potential Bored to Death has, but save for last week's episode (the one with Parker Posey and still the best so far), there haven't been many high points. Last night's installment had some of those moments, but for the most part, I didn't give a crap about the white dove or why she was lonely.
(S01E04) "I'm almost done. Just three more tugs!" - Ray
After I screened the first three episodes of Bored to Death early last month, I had resigned to not watch it ever again. For the most part, save for Ted Danson's performance, there wasn't much I found funny about the show. Add in last week's weirdo installment featuring Jim Jarmusch and I wasn't sure what to think. Given the premise of the show, last week's episode didn't even feel like the same program. It was like they took a script from something else and just had the Bored to Death ensemble act it out.
But then HBO went and renewed it for a second season and I figured, hey - maybe I'll cover the rest of the season for TV Squad. Well, I'm glad I did. Despite numerous shortcomings, "The Case of the Stolen Skateboard" is easily the best episode of the series thus far. And Ted Danson? Still very funny.
The three main characters are Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), a struggling writer who leads a double life as a private detective; George Christopher (Ted Danson), the editor of Edition magazine and Jonathan's sometimes employer (and pot supplier); and Ray Hueston (Zach Galifianakis), a talented cartoonist who's Jonathan's best friend.
There's plenty of street creds in the other players, too, including Kristen Wiig, Jenny Slate, Heather Burns, Olivia Thirlby, and Trieste Kelly Dunn. Based on all of these folks, as well as the quirky film noir vibe, it seems like a can't-miss TV series. Let's put it this way: I've enjoyed the first two episodes, and will tune in for more to see where it goes.
Anyone else watching Bored to Death?
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