Let’s hear it for the (Jersey) boys

Mark Feb. 19 down on your calendars right now – because that’s the night two New Jersey natives will debut new seasons of their respective HBO shows.

"Tim" - along with Amy, The Boss, Stu and Debbie - return with all-new episodes in a couple of weeks./Credit HBO

First up is East Brunswick native Steve Dildarian, whose hilarious animated series “The Life & Times of Tim” returns at 9:30 p.m. Tim’s life is not unlike Larry David’s on another HBO series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” in that he repeatedly finds himself in one uncomfortable situation after another. The big difference between Tim and Larry, though, is that Tim is a lot less of a jerk than Larry.

(Be sure to check out my favorite character on the show, Tim’s no-name boss, voiced by Peter Giles. He is hysterical – especially when he forced Tim to pretend he was Mexican in the first season!)

If you haven’t given this show a try, I highly recommend it. I also suggest you check out the first season, which comes out on DVD Feb. 9.

Immediately following “Tim” at 10 p.m. is River Vale native Bill Maher, who returns for an eighth season of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

This clip gives you a taste of what’s in store this season for both shows. (I can’t believe how much actor Nick Kroll resembles his animated “Tim” character, Stu):

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Merry Christmas from HBO: “The Life & Times of Tim” to return in 2010

Christmas has come early to fans of HBO’s animated series “The Life & Times of Tim.”

Variety reports that the series – the first season of which aired way back in the fall of 2008 – will finally return at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19, following “The Ricky Gervais Show.”

“Tim” – in case you haven’t heard – is the brainchild of Steve Dildarian, an East Brunswick, N.J., native. In addition to thinking up the painfully awkward situations Tim frequently finds himself in (think an animated “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Steve is also responsible for bringing us the Budweiser lizards and the happy-school-is-starting father in that Staples commercial. You can learn more about Steve by reading my 2008 interview with him on my website.

Meanwhile, posts on the show’s Facebook fan page (which include comments from Peter Giles, who hilariously voices Tim’s boss) indicate the first season will be available on DVD around the same time as the second season premiere. 2010 is looking brighter already!

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