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Straight Out of Brooklyn: Bored to Death Gets a Return Date

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I will be the first to admit that my enjoyment of Bored to Death is at least partly based in personal bias. I live in Brooklyn, and while HBO is heavy on shows that love my borough (In Treatment, Boardwalk Empire and Flight of the Conchords all shot there, at least in part), Bored to Death is the Brooklyniest of them all. It’s suffused with Brooklyn slacker charm (-lessness, depending on how well you like Brooklyn slackers) and uses so many locations I fully expect to find them shooting in my living room someday.

Still, as objectively as I can judge as a critic, while the comedy started off slow last fall, it grew in confidence and screwball appeal as the season grew on, while Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis developed an unlikely stoner-buddy-comedy rapport over the short season. There was even an odd tenderness to the relationship between Schwartzman’s writer-turned-detective and Danson’s age-denying magazine editor.

The show (along with Eastbound and Down) announced a return date of September 26, and its second-season trailer is above. Get yourself an egg cream and enjoy.