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The Life & Times of Tim

The Life & Times of Tim
Genre Animated Sitcom
Created by Steve Dildarian
Written by Steve Dildarian
Directed by Steve Dildarian
Voices of Steve Dildarian
Mary Jane Otto
Matt Johnson
Nick Kroll
Peter Giles
Opening theme "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" by Hank Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30
Production
Executive producer(s) Steve Dildarian
Mike Clements
Tom Werner
Production company(s) Media Rights Capital
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel HBO
Picture format 480i (SDTV) 1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 28, 2008 – February 17, 2012
External links
[www.hbo.com/tim/ Website]

The Life & Times of Tim is an HBO comedy animated television series, which premiered on September 28, 2008. The series was created by Steve Dildarian, and is about a hapless man in his mid-20s named Tim (voiced by Dildarian) who lives in New York City with his girlfriend Amy. Throughout the series, Tim constantly finds himself in increasingly awkward situations in both his work and personal life.[1]

The first season aired in 2008 and has since been aired in numerous countries, and has developed a cult following. The second season debuted on February 19, 2010 on HBO. On June 4, 2010, HBO announced it was canceling the show. There were rumors that it was going to be picked up by another network.[2] On the 16th of August, 2010,[3] it was announced HBO had reversed their original decision to cancel the show, and as a result, a third season was ordered.[3] Season 3 of The Life and Times of Tim premiered on December 16, 2011.[4] The first season was released on DVD on February 9, 2010, the second season was released on DVD on December 13, 2011, and the third season was released on DVD on December 18, 2012.

On April 20, 2012, HBO cancelled the series after three seasons.[5]

The theme song is "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" performed by country music star Hank Williams.

Production

It is the first HBO animated original since Todd McFarlane's Spawn, which aired from 1997 to 1999. Life & Times was originally developed for Fox in 2007, but was instead picked up by HBO for 10 episodes. The first season ran from September 28, 2008 to November 30, 2008 on HBO.

Dildarian, in addition to providing the voice of Tim, serves as the series' executive producer. Dildarian is most notable for his famous "Budweiser Lizards" campaign. He is also known for his animated short Angry Unpaid Hooker, which was awarded the Best Animated Short at the 2006 Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and is the basis for The Life & Times of Tim. Tom Werner (That '70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and The Cosby Show), Jimmy Miller (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Borat) and Mike Clements executive produce as well.

The show aired its last original episode on February 17, 2012. HBO has canceled the series.[6]

Cast

  • Steve Dildarian as Tim, the title character and protagonist. Tim is an unassuming white-collar worker for "Omnicorp", a fictional corporation in New York City. Although well-meaning, he almost always finds himself in greatly embarrassing scenarios, often as a consequence of bad judgment or lying.
  • MJ Otto as Amy, Tim's long-suffering girlfriend.
  • Nick Kroll as Stu, Tim's stoner best friend and co-worker.
  • Matt Johnson as Rodney, Tim's other friend, assistant to The Boss, Staten-Island guido-type Stan, a constantly angry, vulgar Omnicorp employee who hates Tim.
  • Peter Giles as The Boss (aka Percy Davis), the self-absorbed head of OmniCorp. He met Tim when he entered his office to request a promotion. He acts friendly towards Tim and misuses him to do degrading tasks such as pretending to have pood on the floor when he sneaks his dog in or taking his daughter to her prom. He promises Tim a promotion for these tasks but inevitably something always goes wrong.
  • Bob Morrow as Debbie the Prostitute; Gay Gary; additional characters. Alan Tudyk took over as the voice of Debbie in season 3.

Julianne Grossman, Edie McClurg, Andrew Daly, Jon Daly, Kari Wahlgren, Brian Scolaro, Melanie Lynskey, Jamie Denbo, Rick Gomez, and Eddie Pepitone provide additional voices in various episodes.

Guest voices have included Bob Saget as Tim's coworker Party Marty; Jeff Garlin as Stu's dad; Cheri Oteri as Bashko's daughter Blobsnark; Daniel Tosh as Theo the "Internet Technology" guy; Trevor Moore as Larry, owner of "Larry's Bras & Hooker Outfits"; Aziz Ansari; Elliott Gould as Dr. Fishman; Bob Odenkirk as the "Bathroom Guy"; and Marc Wootton as Ringmaster.

Episodes

Each 30 minute episode consists of two 15 minute segments.

Season 1: 2008

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Season 2: 2010

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Season 3: 2011–2012

On June 4, 2010, HBO cancelled The Life & Times of Tim and tried to sell it to Adult Swim, Comedy Central, and TBS. On August 16, 2010, HBO reversed their plan to cancel the series, ordering a third season of 10 episodes. The season premiered on December 16, 2011 and ended on February 17, 2012. HBO cancelled the series for the second time on April 20, 2012.

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International syndication

Country Broadcasters Time Slot Notes
23x15px Australia SBS2 Thursday, 9:10pm Premiered originally on Showcase on July 4, 2009.
23x15px Arab League Showtime Arabia Mon-Wed, 10:30pm Premiered June 10, 2009
23x15px Hungary TV6 Saturday-Sunday, 21:00 Premiered May 29, 2010
23x15px Denmark DR2 Fri, 9:25pm Premiered October 30, 2009
Template:Country data India FX
23x15px Ireland RTÉ Two Thursday, 11:55pm Premiered January 7, 2010
23x15px UK Sky Atlantic Monday, 10:00pm Premiered June 9, 2009
23x15px US HBO Premiered September 28, 2008.
Template:Country data Israel yes Stars Comedy Sunday, 22:30
23x15px Greece FX Tuesdays, 22:30 (Repeat) Fridays 22:55
23x15px Malta FX Tuesdays, 21:30 (Repeat) Fridays 21:55
23x15px Portugal FX
23x15px Poland Fox (Poland) Wednesdays, 22:00 (Repeat) Saturday 06:30, (Repeat) Sunday 23:50
23x15px Canada HBO Canada Premiered October 30, 2009
23x15px Italy DeeJay TV, FX 1st season aired from January 16, 2010, and 2nd season aired from April 12 to April 30, 2010
23x15px Netherlands RTL 5 2010 TBA
23x15px New Zealand Comedy Central Mondays 21:00 unknown
23x15px Russia 2x2 Weekends 21:00 Premiered on "2x2 Animation Night" festival May 14, 2010,[7] Premiered October 9, 2010 on TV. 2 seasons have aired to date.
23x15px Sweden Kanal 5 Mondays, 22:30 Premiered June 7, 2010
23x15px Spain Antena.neox Tuesdays, 00:45 unknown
23x15px Norway MAX Saturdays, 17:50
23x15px France AB1 Saturdays, 22:25
23x15px Turkey FX

References

  1. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2008-10-01). "The Real Life and Times of the Man Who Isn’t Tim". New York Times. pp. E1 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. 'The Life & Times Of Tim' Canceled by HBO But May Find New Cable Home, deadline.com (June 4, 2010).
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2010-08-16). "Change Of Heart: HBO Picks Up Animated Comedy ‘Life & Times Of Tim’ For Season 3 –". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ "‘Life and Times of Tim,’ ‘Angry Boys’ coming to HBO in December - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ ""The Life & Times Of Tim" Canceled, Again, By HBO - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  6. ^ Silver, Stephen. "The Death of the Life and Times of Tim". EntertainmentTell. www.technologytell.com. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Ночь анимации 2х2: Анимируй вместе с нами! - Официальный блог телеканала 2х2". 2x2tv.ru. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 

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