Fans and well-wishers gathered at last night to drown their sorrows over the passing of HBO’s Bored to Death, a detective comedy set in Brooklyn that was canceled this week after twenty four episodes. The show’s creator, Boerum Hill resident Jonathan Ames, organized the meet-up to cap off a “completely loony and improbable three-year run.”
By the time Ames arrived—at 10pm on the dot—fans had already filled the bar to capacity and a line had formed outside. Ames spent a few minutes thanking everyone for coming and introducing various crew members before heading inside.
“He mentioned plans he had for the fourth season and what he thought of doing,” recounts Bryan Friedman, 24, of Williamsburg. “Then he bought drinks for everyone.”
Over the course of the evening supporters presented Ames with books to sign, hands to shake, and even a few gifts (one person gave him a porcelain duck), reports the New York Times. Also present was one of the show’s stars, writer and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, who told the Times that the show was cancelled “easily 17 years before its time.”
“I had mapped out a 20 season arc and drawn it in blood on the walls of my closet,” he continued. “But that’s me.”
The loss stings especially for Brooklynites, who embraced the show for its quirky humor and local setting. Jason Schwartzman played a writer named—you guessed it—Jonathan Ames, who moonlights as a detective. Most of the show was filmed on location throughout the borough.
Brooklyn pride was in great supply all evening long. In an interview outside before the event, FIPS asked Hodgman to comment on one of his favorite Brooklyn landmarks, the Pavilion movie theater:
"I've been there. I went there to see Arthur Christmas -- great movie, by the way -- there is no business in Park Slope that I want to support more. There's nothing more essential than having a good movie theater. And there is also no reason why it should not be an incredible space. I've been there a few times, and I'm like, 'this isn't so bad,' but theater 8 -- it's like Led Zeppelin was in there….It looks terrible, like a snuff film was shot in there. And I really urge them to get it together, because I want to go there everyday."
In related news, Jonathan Ames wrote a piece for the New York Times earlier this week about the cluttered Boerum Hill apartment where he has lived for twelve years.