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[11/21/14 - 01:08 PM]
Emmy(R) and Tony Award(R) Winner Ellen Barkin to Guest Star on "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
She's set as Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan).

[11/14/14 - 10:33 AM]
Emmy(R) Award Winner and Golden Globe(R) Nominee Bradley Whitford Joins "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
He'll play Jonathan Cooke, Thom Payne's (Steve Coogan) boss and an advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness.

[11/13/14 - 09:39 AM]
Acclaimed Actress Kathryn Hahn to Star as Female Lead in "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
The new half-hour pilot will be filmed in New York next month, with Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Steve Coogan previously announced as the male lead.

[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 - 11/21/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2015-2016 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION:
(from Showtime's press release, October 2014) Noted for his range of comedic and dramatic roles, Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) is set to star in the SHOWTIME comedy pilot HAPPYISH. The half-hour pilot will be filmed in New York this December. HAPPYISH is 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. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Coogan will star in the lead role of Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old "wunderkind" boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," as his mentor insists, or does he just have a "low joy ceiling," as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool's errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. HAPPYISH was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy(R) Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You, A Walk In The Woods) will executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis' producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bradley Whitford as Jonathan Cooke
· Ellen Barkin as Dani Kirschenbloom
· Kathryn Hahn as Lee Payne
· Philip Seymour Hoffman as Thom Payne (Original Pilot)
· Rhys Ifans as Jonathan Clow (Original Pilot)
· Robin Weigert as TBA
· Steve Coogan as Thom Payne
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alexandra Beattie as CO-EP
· John Cameron Mitchell as DIR (Original Pilot)
· Ken Kwapis as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Philip Seymour Hoffman as EP (Original Pilot)
· Shalom Auslander as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Cooperstown Productions
· In Cahoots