Mediaweek TV: HBO’s Bored to Death

Ever since The Sopranos ended its critically hailed run on HBO back in 2007, many in the press have been predicting–perhaps even awaiting–the pay-cable net’s creative demise.

But with the 2008 hiring of agent-turned-programmer Sue Naegle as its entertainment president, the TimeWarner-owned unit has been ramping up its development slate with new projects like the post-Katrina New Orleans-set drama Treme, from The Wire creator David Simon, and the Atlantic City set drama Boardwalk Empire, from executive producer Martin Scorsese.

Among HBO’s upcoming comedies is the pseudo-detective series Bored to Death. From writer Jonathan Ames, Bored to Death stars Jason Schwartzman as a lovelorn writer who lives out a dream of his to become a private eye. The series also features Ted Danson as Schwartzman’s boss and Zach Galifianakis as his friend.

Mediaweek correspondent Alan Frutkin visited the series while it was filming on location in Brooklyn, New York, to speak with the show’s star and its creator.