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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