When television's finest shows are cancelled long before they've jumped the shark (see: Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, Party Down), its most loyal fans live through several emotionally draining stages:
1. Denial ("Who announced it? E! News Network? I'll believe that shit when Mitchell Hurwitz says it himself.")
2. Anger ("And yet Two and a Half Men is still on TV?!")
3. Sadness (Weepily crooning Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation").
4. Drinking and reminiscing with friends about the best episodes, and the ones that could have been (see: HERE).
5. Undying hope for a feature-length film ("How can they not make one? I bet every cast member would be on board!")
Fans of HBO's Bored to Death, which survived for three great seasons before getting the axe in December of this year, have undoubtedly gone through stages 1-5. And lucky for us, just like the way of Arrested Development and Party Down, there are murmurs about a BTD feature-length film.
Last week at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Ted Danson revealed that there was a good chance a movie would happen. Vulture followed up with HBO, who confirmed that there have "been some conversations," but "it's at a very early stage."
Let's hope these movies happen, otherwise we all may be on a fast track toward stage 6: Acceptance of Three and a Half Men as good television.