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Bored to Death,' episode 1

What does a Raymond-Chandler-loving, pot-smoking, white-wine-aholic failed novelist do when his girlfriend finally dumps him? Naturally, he advertises himself on Craigslist as a private detective, promptly passes out in the middle of the day, and wakes up to solve some hard-boiled mysteries.

At least, that's the premise of HBO's new sitcom, Bored to Death, which premiered on television last night. The series stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifinakis as an unlikely trio of Brooklynite stooges who eventually all get mixed up in this half-baked detective gig.

Schwartzman plays the hapless Jonthan Ames, a floundering writer who gets called out quick for being "one of those self-hating New York Jews" and can't quit drinking white wine to save his relationship ("Going cold turkey can be dangerous!"). Galafinakis is Jonathan's best buddy Ray, a graphic novelist who can't keep his love life straight either. Ted Danson is something of a surprise, playing Jonathan's magazine editor George and looking remarkably comfortable smoking pot in a bathroom stall while bitching about New York socialites.