Ted Danson in for HBO pilot

Actor gets lead role in comedy 'Bored to Death'

Following his Emmy-nominated turn on FX's drama "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 struggling Brooklyn writer with a drinking problem who pretends to be a private detective in the vein of his heroes from Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett novels. Danson will play Jonathan's friend and quasi-mentor, a pompous but articulate magazine editor.

Danson's role as the sinister Arthur Frobisher on "Damages" earned him his first Emmy nomination in 15 years, since "Cheers." He is set to reprise his "Damages" character, who was shot in the first season finale, in at least three episodes on the legal thriller's second season.