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TV Junkie: 'Bored to Death' Premiere Photo Gallery

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Last night I went to HBO's premiere event for the second season of their groundbreaking show "Bored to Death". The event was held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan where the first two installments of the new season were screened followed by an after-party at Capitale 130 in the Bowery. The episodes looked fantastic on the big screen - the details in the opening credits, by illustrator and comic artist Dean Haspiel, suddenly made us realize why they were picked to win a Creative Arts Emmy last month, they are spectacular!

Once again we are drawn back into the world of Jason Schwartzman as a version of Jonathan Ames, pursuing his private eye ambitions throughout the five boroughs of New York (but mainly Manhattan and Brooklyn, let's face it) along with his co-dependent crew of erstwhile magazine publisher George Christopher (Ted Danson), and comic book artist Ray Heuston (Zach Galifianakis).

In every exterior scene, the city of New York is a palpable character - always moving, living, and breathing in the background, even if it's the mouth of an alley in the far off distance. An LA-based show that managed to pull that off well in recent memory would be "SouthLAnd", but even there it felt more utilitarian, and definitely not romanticized - we understand, it's a different type of show. It was also fun to watch the episodes with a large crowd (that included Jonathan Ames' parents) as opposed to our usual, rather depressing screener viewing of screeners: alone in a darkened room while trying to hammer out copy.

The first episode, the premiere, reconnects us with our favorite cast, and gets us back on board with plenty of laughs. The second episode, what is the phrase? "Takes it to another level" and keeps us there. I don't want to reveal anything, but the cameo that Jonathan Ames told us about in our interview last month is absolutely the funniest thing we've seen in all the Fall screeners we've received.

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As you can see from the photos, we will have the return of John Hodgman and Jenny Slate, as well as the addition of stand-up comic Jim Norton for an episode. We interviewed most of the cast, video and a recap of the night will follow on Friday. For a few more photos go to my Flickr gallery.

Season 2 of HBO's "Bored to Death" premieres on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 10pm.