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Ted Danson in for HBO pilot

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 3rd 2008 9:21AM
Ted Danson in for HBO pilotTed Danson is one of those actors who just keeps chugging along through the years. He could have easily disappeared after Cheers, but he's been working steadily in both movies and TV.

Becker sort of flew under the radar, but aired from 1998 to 2004. There was the short-lived Help Me Help You in 2006. Danson even voiced a part on King of the Hill (Tom Hammond in "The Accidental Tourist" episode).

But it's his stint as the sinister Arthur Frobisher in Damages that's brought him into the forefront again. It also helped to catapult him into his next gig -- a lead role in HBO's comedy pilot Bored to Death.

The project stars Jason Schwartzman (loved him in The Darjeeling Limited) as a struggling Brooklyn writer with a drinking problem who pretends to be a private detective, like his heroes from Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett novels. Danson will play Jonathan's friend and quasi-mentor, a pompous but articulate magazine editor. Yeah, I can see that.

But Danson isn't quite ready to leave Damages, the role that earned him his first Emmy nom in 15 years since Cheers. He'll reprise the character in at least three episodes of the legal thriller's second season.

You know...go, Ted! Bob's post from 2006 confirms my suspicions that Danson is a straight-up guy. He's been married to Mary Steenburgen since 1995, and must be living a fairly low-key life, based on the fact that I never see him in the tabloids. Right? Has he been in rehab or prison or anything lately?

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LC

Let's not forget his great recurring role, as himself, on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

September 03 2008 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jim

Ditto.

That probably paved the way with HBO more than anything.

September 03 2008 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

x2.

September 03 2008 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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