By Margaret Lyons
Updated September 15, 2009 at 04:29 PM EDT
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Depending on how much you like Jason Schwartzman, this will either be bleh nothingness news or the best news in ages: The first episode of HBO’s Bored to Death is now online! For free! Watch it on Amazon, iTunes, or Fancast right this very second if you can’t wait for the Sept. 20 premiere.

The show stars Schwartzman as mopey Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames — based on, but different from, the real Jonathan Ames, who created the series. Following a bummer of a breakup, show-Ames decides, after reading too many Raymond Chandler novels, to try moonlighting as an unlicensed private investigator. Zach Galifianakis plays his BFF, Ted Danson plays his boss, and all in all, it’s a cute and different little show.

Even if it were a dud, though, I’m crazy about the idea of pilots moving online: It’s a great way for shows to build buzz — and an A+ way for some of us to spend a lunch hour. Are you going to give Bored an online try, PopWatchers?

Photo credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO

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