Though the future looks bright, Gero says saying goodbye to Stargate, at least on a full-time basis, was not an easy choice.
“I certainly didn’t want to leave,” he told GateWorld. “I don’t think they wanted me to leave. They offered me a generous offer to stay on as a consulting producer, which I will be for the first eight episodes. Basically the idea was ‘Let’s play it by ear.’
“This should be said somewhere — those guys certainly don’t need my help,” he said. “It’s very nice of them to keep me involved just out of my own interest and curiosity and passion for the show. There is some extraordinarily capable guys back there. Especially now that Brad and Rob are back on a full-time basis, they’re covered there.
“[Stargate Universe is] a different type of show. They’re excited about it. But again those two guys have a very clear idea of what they want to do with the show. And so far I think they’re executing it perfectly. First day of production is today, so we’ll see.”
Gero’s original plan was to move to Los Angeles to pursue other potential writing opportunities, while staying on as a consulting producer for Stargate. But the offer from the team at Bored To Death was too good to pass up.
“I was not looking to get staffed on another show, but this show was just too good to say no to … It’s a really small team. I met with HBO and the producers about it. It was a show that I had read and got pretty excited about. I feel very fortunate that I was included on a very, very small staff.”
In the series, actor Jason Schwartzman plays Jonathan — “a version of the novelist Jonathan Ames, who created the show,” Martin said. “His girlfriend’s just left him and he’s worried about writing his second novel. [He] decides he’s going to start becoming an unlicensed private detective. So he puts an ad on Craigslist and we go from there.
“It’s a dramedy,” Gero said. “I feel like I’m a good fit. [Ames] refers to it as a “noirotic.” It’s a neurotic noir. It’s going to take place all over Brooklyn, New York and New Jersey. It’s quite the show. The pilot’s very, very good. If we can just keep that up I think we’ll be on to something.”
The pilot to Bored To Death was produced last summer and fall, and HBO has picked up the series for an initial eight episodes, each a half hour long.
Before departing Vancouver Gero penned “Earth,” currently the sixth episode of Universe. But he is keeping his options open to writing again in the future.
“I had an extraordinary experience at Stargate and was there from kind of the beginning of Atlantis to the end,” he said. “There was a roundness in that for me. Those guys, they’re so extraordinary and generous with their time, allowing me to make the film [“YPF”] in the middle of that.
“But realistically moving forward, it was getting increasingly difficult for me to go off and pursue my own thing. They’ve always been very, very supportive of me doing that.”