This fall HBO will bring Jason Schwartzman into the pantheon of fake private detectives currently chaired by The Dude and Harry Lockhart. In the series Bored to Death Schwartzman will play a drunk Brooklynite who publishes an ad for investigative services, then wackily solves and ruins cases. The kid is a big Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet fan, which means that pretending to be a detective is just another form of masturbation. Rakish hats and wingtips optional.
Bored to Death is one of two pilots HBO is working with; the other will be Hung, to be directed by Alexander Payne. No cast notes have dropped for that yet. Schwartzman will also bring stubble to Judd Apatow’s Funny People.