Jason Schwartzman excites HBO.
No, the actor who was once Max Fischer isn't yawning every time he channel-surfs past the network that once brought you The Sopranos (at least not that we know of). Bored to Death is just the name of the network's new half-hour comedy pilot that just cast Schwartzman in the lead.
It doesn't sound boring at all.
The show centers on Schwartzman's character, Jonathan, a 30-something struggling writer living (and drinking heavily) in Brooklyn. After he breaks up with his girlfriend, he decides to refashion himself as a private detective in the vein of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett heroes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan "takes out an ad pretending to be a private detective and starts taking cases — solving some and making others worse."
Maybe it will be better than his last TV jaunt.
Besides being one of Wes Anderson's favorite players, Schwartzman has tried TV once before — in a short-lived 2004 Fox comedy called Cracking Up, from School of Rock writer Mike White. The show, which also starred Molly Shannon, was a midseason replacement that didn't even quite finish out its own season and was canceled after nine episodes. The show is scheduled to start filming in September in New York. If it became a series, do you think you'd check it out?