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[10/22/14 - 11:05 AM]
Comedy Icon Steve Coogan to Star in "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
He'll succeed the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the project, a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.

[07/18/14 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 18
Updates include: The CW's "Hart of Dixie" to return for just 10 episodes; Alexandra Shipp to lead Lifetime's "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B"; Wentworth Miller cast as Captain Cold on The CW's "The Flash."

[02/03/14 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 3
Updates include: Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder to lead latest "NCIS" spin-off; Ken Marino to "Marry Me" for NBC; and Jack Davenport boards ABC's "Sea of Fire."

[01/16/14 - 11:09 AM]
Showtime at TCA: Nevins Tees Up New Season of "Homeland"
Plus: the executive on new series "The Affair," "Happyish"; busted pilot "The Vatican"; and more!

[01/16/14 - 09:45 AM]
Showtime(R) Adds Two New Original Series to Its Lineup with Series Orders for "The Affair" and "Happyish"
Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson star in the former while Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn And Rhys Ifans topline the latter.

[09/25/13 - 11:55 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 25
Updates include: Robert De Niro to succeed James Gandolfini on HBO's "Criminal Justice"; Emily Osment to star in ABC Family's "Young & Hungry"; and TBS gives pilot order to "Mostly Likely."

[08/14/13 - 10:32 AM]
Rhys Ifans Cast in Showtime(R) Pilot "Trending Down"
He'll join the previously cast Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn in the project.

[07/30/13 - 01:46 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces Pilot Order of "Trending Down" Starring Oscar(R) Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman
Acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) will also star in the pilot as Lee Payne, Thom Payne's (Hoffman) wife.

[07/26/13 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 26
Updates include: Philip Seymour Hoffman to topline Showtime's "Trending Down"; Shannyn Sossamon joins FOX's "Wayward Pines"; and Bravo passes on drama pilot "Rita."

[08/30/12 - 11:04 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 30
Updates include: CBS in talks for Robin Williams-led comedy from David E. Kelley; Taylor Schilling tapped as lead in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"; and Julia Ormond to star in Lifetime's "Witches of East End."

[11/17/11 - 10:59 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 17
Updates include: "The Ricki Lake Show" a go for fall 2012; Endemol Studios books two imports at ABC; and FX passes on "Outlaw Country," to retool "Powers."







HAPPYISH (SHOWTIME)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
11/17/11 - 7/18/14
STATUS:
previously in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
series ordered rescinded
DESCRIPTION:
(from Showtime's press release, January 2014) Building on the network's existing slate of acclaimed and award-winning programming, SHOWTIME will add two new original series to its lineup with orders for the one-hour drama THE AFFAIR and half-hour comedy series HAPPYISH. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. THE AFFAIR, a one-hour drama series starring Golden Globe(R) nominees Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy(R) nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award(R) nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe), received a ten-episode series order. HAPPYISH, a comedy starring Academy Award(R) winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) also received a 10-episode order. Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in the SHOWTIME comedy HAPPYISH, a dark examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place. Thom Payne (Hoffman) is 42, his new bosses at work are half his age and they say the words 'digital' and 'social' far too often. His mentor and boss, Jonathan (Ifans) tells him to "rebrand" himself, his corporate headhunter tells him happiness is a myth, and Thom's not sure if his Viagra will interfere with his Prozac, or vice versa. Acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn stars as Lee Payne, Thom's wife, who is looking for a larger goal, a purpose, a meaning. Good luck with that. Happiness? In this world? Happiness after all is pretty high bar; in a world as absurd as ours, maybe the best anyone can hope for is happyish. Created, written and executive produced by author and This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, HAPPYISH was developed by Ken Kwapis, who will executive produce, and Alexandra Beattie, who will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directed the pilot. Philip Seymour Hoffman will also executive produce under his Cooperstown Productions banner.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Kathryn Hahn as Lee Payne
· Philip Seymour Hoffman as Thom Payne
· Rhys Ifans as Jonathan Clow
· Robin Weigert as TBA
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alexandra Beattie as CO-EP
· John Cameron Mitchell as DIR (Pilot)
· Ken Kwapis as EP
· Philip Seymour Hoffman as EP
· Shalom Auslander as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Cooperstown Productions
· In Cahoots