Day: December 19, 2008

HBO picks up series featuring Zach Galifianakis

HBO has made some new pickups in TV for 2009 and beyond, and one of the new series will delight fans of Zach Galifianakis. The Hollywood Reporter reports that HBO has ordered eight episodes of Bored to Death, a series starring Jason Schwartzman as a struggling thirtysomething Brooklyn writer with a drinking problem (it's not based on me, no matter what you think!) who, wanting to be more like Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, takes out an ad pretending to be a private detective and starts taking on cases. Galifianakis co-stars in the pilot. Let us all hope that Zach enjoys this TV experience much more than Tru Calling (or even Dog Bites Man). Jonathan Ames wrote and served as executive producer for the pilot, along with Sarah Condon, Dave Becky, Stephanie Davis and Troy...

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Attend live filming of “Funny People” stand-up comedy

Would you like to see part of Judd Apatow's upcoming film, Funny People, as it's being filmed, and also enjoy some stand-up comedy and support a good cause in doing so? If you said yes to this, and you also happen to be in Los Angeles on Jan. 13, 2009, then you are in luck. Apatow will host a special stand-up concert that night at The Orpheum Theatre in L.A., with some of the actors (Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari) performing stand-up as their film characters, other comedians such as Patton Oswalt appearing as themselves, plus other surprise special guests. The Universal Pictures film, coming to cinemas on July 31, 2009, also features Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, RZA and Aubrey Plaza. Tickets for "A Night of Funny People" go on sale at noon Pacific today (3 p.m. Eastern) through Ticketmaster. Proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and 826LA, a non-profit supporting students 6-18 with their writing...

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