Comedy Happyish has been picked up once again by Showtime after being reworked.
Happyish was ordered to series by Showtime once before starring the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, but has now been taped over and re-piloted with Steve Coogan to replace him. Coogan stars as a 44 year old man whose world is flipped on its head when he gains a 25 year old boss whose youth and the lingo that comes with it make him question whether he needs to change everything or if he is destined to remain out of touch. The show follows him on his dark examination of the pursuit of happiness.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime president David Nevins told reporters “It feels like a next way to do a cable comedy; it’s absorbing and not too cool and real emotion. It’s been frustrating that I haven’t launched more comedies. This show has been a particular area of focus.”
Happyish was created, written and executive produced by This American Life‘s Shalom Auslander. Emmy nominee Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) executive produces and directed the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie co-executive produces via their In Cahoots banner. Coogan will be joined by co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford.
Happyish will be placed into the schedule at 9:30 pm on April 26.