Danson finds himself 'Bored' for HBO pilot


Following his turn on FX's "Damages," Ted Danson is staying on cable with a lead role in HBO's comedy pilot "Bored to Death."

The project, penned by Jonathan Ames and to be directed by Alan Taylor, stars Jason Schwartzman as a Brooklyn writer with a drinking problem who pretends to be a private detective in the vein of his heroes from Raymond Chandler novels. Danson will play Jonathan's friend and quasi-mentor, a pompous but articulate magazine editor.

Danson's role on "Damages," which he will reprise in at least three episodes next season, earned him his first Emmy nomination in 15 years, since "Cheers." (partialdiff)