HBO's 'Hung' casts Jane and jockstrap


In his first foray into TV series, Thomas Jane has been tapped as the lead in HBO's hourlong pilot "Hung."

The dark comedy pilot, directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne, centers on Ray (Jane), a well-endowed struggling middle-age high school basketball coach who figures out a way to use his best asset.

"Hung" has been a big priority for HBO's new entertainment president Sue Naegle, who made the spec script by "The Riches" creator Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson her first major purchase and later her first pilot pickup.

The pilot is exec produced by Lipkin, Burson, Payne and Blueprint Entertainment's Michael Rosenberg, John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern.

For CAA-repped Jane, "Hung" marks a return to HBO, where he starred as Mickey Mantle in the 2001 telefilm "61*." His feature credits include "The Punisher" and "The Tripper." (partialdiff)