HBO cancels ‘Bored to Death’ and two other quality comedies

UPDATE: 12/22/11 — 3:40 pm ET

Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames ended up spending $1,600 on drinks in two different bars in Brooklyn. All for his fans. Check out Vulture‘s play-by-play account of the festivities.

UPDATE: 12/21/11 — 11 am ET

Jonathan Ames has invited New York City area fans to share a drink (on him!) to mourn the loss of Bored to Death, the show he created. “I went back on Twitter so that I could invite Bored to Death fans for a drink at the Brooklyn Inn, my treat, to say goodbye to the show,” he told the New York Post‘s Mandy Stadtmiller. “Maybe some people will show up. John Hodgman is going to be there. I plan to buy everyone a drink if they’re a fan.”


After the incredibly surprising Golden Globe nominations of HBO’s Enlightened for the Best TV Series-Comedy or Musical and Best Actress in a TV Series-Comedy or Musical (Laura Dern), it is no surprise that HBO renewed the series for another season. However, it’s more than a little surprising that HBO, at the same time, brought the axe down on their other dramedy series Bored to Death with Zach Galifianakis (above), Hung, and How to Make It In America. Is it a sign that their brand, especially in regards to comedy, is on the decline?

Currently, many of the most acclaimed comedies are no longer in the territory of pay cable, certainly not on HBO. Yes, Curb Your Enthusiasm is still there (if Larry David even wants to do another season) but Eastbound and Down is coming to a close after its third season. And that means yet another quality comedy gone from HBO in a few months.

It seems so many other networks — Showtime, FX, TBS, Epix and even USA (who just hired its first ever vice president of original comedy series) — are trying to take advantage of the upswing in the comedy world, while HBO seems satisfied with a little dabble here and there. We’ll be expecting more dramas like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones to pop up on their lineup in lieu of a more dynamic comedy roster. Oh well.

Jake Kroeger

Jake Kroeger has dedicated his life, for better or probably worse, to comedy. Starting and continually running the Comedy Bureau, a voice for LA comedy, by himself, he also writes and performs stand-up comedy in LA and watches more live comedy than is probably humanly tolerable. He's been a daily contributor to Punchline Magazine, now because he loves and believes in comedy so much. Said of Kroeger, "...without his dangerously insane, unhealthy work ethic, certain comics would not have any press at all."

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