Jonathan Ames’ HBO comedy “Bored to Death” was so low-key that to say that it’s missed feels like an overstatement — the show, which ran for three short seasons consisting of eight episodes each, was never that urgent about or insistent on being noticed. But “Bored to Death” had a genial, stoned acceptance of life’s strangeness and people’s imperfections that got stronger as the series went along, and its depiction of the friendship between its main characters, played by Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson, was always funny and tender.
So it’s welcome news that “Bored to Death,” which was canceled in December, may be coming back as an HBO TV movie. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed with the network that “early discussions are under way to revive the property for a feature,” following up on something Danson let slip to a French reporter at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Great news for fans of the show, though no one should get their hopes up. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, this isn’t the first time we’ve been teased with the possibility of one of the network’s canceled series coming back as a TV movie: “There were talks for fixed continuations of Carnivale and Deadwood — and as recently as 2011, there had been discussions of bringing The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency back as a series of films. Despite various levels of interest, none of those projects has come to fruition.”