Alexander Payne makes TV debut with 'Hung'

HBO comedy project first picked up by Naegle

Oscar winner Alexander Payne is set to make his TV debut with HBO's comedic project "Hung."

Payne is set to direct the potential pilot, penned by "The Riches" creator Dmitry Lipkin and his wife/writing partner, Colette Burson.

"Hung" centers on an average middle-aged basketball coach who excels in one (private) area and figures out a way to put his endowment to use.

"Hung" marks the first project picked up by HBO's new entertainment president Sue Naegle.

Although it hasn't been officially greenlighted to pilot, "Hung" was put on the fast track, and the signing of Payne solidifies a formal production order.

Payne also will serve as an exec producer on the pilot along with Lipkin, Burson and Blueprint Entertainment's Michael Rosenberg, John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern.

A search will begin shortly for an actor to play the lead.

Payne, who won an Oscar in 2005 for writing "Sideways," is repped by WMA and attorney John Diemer.