Jonathan Ames the creator of two television shows: the HBO series Bored to Death and the STARZ series Blunt Talk. On both shows, in addition to being the creator, he was the show-runner and executive producer. He is also the author of the novels I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, and Wake Up, Sir!, the graphic novel The Alcoholic (illustrated by Dean Haspiel), and the essay collections What’s Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, I Love You More Than You Know, and The Double Life Is Twice as Good. He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Several years ago, he had two boxing matches, fighting as "The Herring Wonder."
EXT. MANHATTAN BUILDING - DAY, MID-OCTOBER Establishing shot of an impressive Upper East Side, four-story building, made of white Italianate stone. The building is on a cross-street in the low-90’s, between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue. It is on the on the south side of the street. After the establishing shot, we ZOOM in on the building’s entrance, a thick black door with a golden knob, until the camera rests - in CLOSE-UP - on a BRASS PLATE, which is next to the door and reads: RUBINSTEIN PSYCHOANALYTIC INSTITUTE FOR THE DEPRESSED AND THE TORMENTED. Below that, in parenthesis, are the following etched words: (WE ALSO CATER TO THE SEXUALLY DISTURBED. BECAUSE WHO ISN’T? SEXUALLY DISTURBED THAT IS. SO DON’T BE SHY. RING THE BELL. HELP AWAITS. INSIDE. THAT’S RIGHT. RING THE BELL. YOU CAN DO IT. WE ALREADY BELIEVE IN YOU. WE DO. RING THE BELL.) Below the brass plate is a DOOR BELL. Just then a MAN in his late 40’s (49 to be precise), crosses frame, and we follow him as he walks past the black door, heading east, away from Fifth Avenue and Central Park. He seems to glance briefly at the brass plate, but keeps going. (During this opening scene, jaunty classical music will be playing as score, but by the end the music will become frantic, as it often does in classical pieces - the mood of the music changing like the sky or like our own emotions.)