Sunday“Bored to Death’’ (HBO)
Faux noir in Brooklyn
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis
The concept: Schwartzman, from “Rushmore’’ and “The Darjeeling Limited,’’ plays a usually stoned and pleasantly deluded Brooklyn writer who becomes obsessed with Raymond Chandler after his girlfriend dumps him. He finds work as a private eye by listing himself on Craigslist.
Our take: I love Schwartzman - he makes me think of the early Dustin Hoffman - although his off-rhythm deadpan is an acquired taste. He is surrounded by louder, funny kooks, including Galifianakis from “The Hangover’’ as his angry best friend and Ted Danson as his pompous mentor.
Alternate name: “Private Lie’’
Grade: A- (Sept. 20)From left: Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman.