Ted Danson made his name as the loveable Lothario Sam Malone in Cheers. Now, after roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Damages, the 63-year-old actor is back on our screens playing another shameless womaniser, magazine editor George Christopher, opposite Jason Schwartzman as a novelist-turned-private eye in the wonderfully offbeat American comedy Bored to Death. As a second series begins on Sky Atlantic on Monday, November 7, TV&Satellite Week magazine caught up with him to find out more…

Bored to Death’s George Christopher is incredibly intelligent, wealthy and debauched… He has slept with way too many women, drinks and smokes, and should be jaded, but he’s not. He’s like a little kid who still doesn’t want to be left out.

People write that I’m a scene-stealer in Bored to Death… I’m 63 and when you get to smoke dope and chase after women at 63, it’s hard not to steal a scene.

I was definitely in the golden era of being overpaid in television… It was the tail end of it, but I was there. But it’s like professional sports. There are the $20 million players, then everybody else getting an awful lot less.

You get used to the money and start basing your choices and your lifestyle on it… I loved Cheers, and I’m really glad I did Becker after that, but I realised four or five years ago that I had stayed for too long in one form of television and was not exciting myself or enjoying what I was doing. Then along came Damages. I wasn’t looking for it – I just got lucky and it changed the course of my career.

Two days before we started shooting the first episode of Damages, the producer sent me to an acting coach… I thought, ‘Oh, great, so they really trust me, then’. But it was the best thing that ever happened to me. He helped me get back on track.

No one has ever hired me to take off my clothes and be sexy… No one, not even when I was 25. I’m funnier than I am sexy, so I’m hired to make jokes about sex, not do sex.