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The arrival of “Happyish” comes with a dour asterisk, with the Showtime series nearly having been derailed by the death of its original star, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Steve Coogan has filled that void, in a show characterized by strong casting and a whimsical tone, but also a rather tired conceit about self-absorbed yuppies grappling with questions of mortality as they approach middle age. All told, the premiere and a subsequent episode play like a slightly less angst-ridden companion to HBO’s “Togetherness,” with a higher comedy quotient — though one that still leaves Shalom Auslander’s creation waffling somewhat charitably in the zone of “goodish.”
Showtime has opted to preview the program following the season finale of “Shameless,” in advance of its regular slot behind “Nurse Jackie” later this month. Coogan plays Thom Payne (the series has a not-so-subtle fondness for philosophers), who is introduced celebrating a 44th birthday with his »
- Brian Lowry
Michael Zegen, who played American gangster Benny “Bugsy” Siegel in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” will recur in a guest role on Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “Happyish,” Variety has learned. He will appear in at least two episodes.
Zegen’s other television credits include “The Walking Dead,” “Rescue Me,” “Girls” and “How to Make It in America.” He has appeared in the films “Frances Ha,” “Taking Woodstock,” “The Girl Next Door” and “Adventureland.”
“Happyish” is created, written and exec produced by Shalom Auslander, and stars Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford. Ken Kwapis directed the pilot and co-exec produces the show with Alexandra Beattie under their In Cahoots banner.
- Seth Kelley
The Good Wife has been home to many wonderful guest stars—Michael J. Fox, Carrie Preston, Gary Cole, Rita Wilson—but Robert and Michelle King have their sights set on some new big fish. The co-creators told E! News they've been after John Lithgow and really want…wait for it… Amy Poehler. "John Lithgow," Robert King told us on the red carpet for the show's PaleyFest panel. "I think because we've been soclose like two or three times and it was about scheduling." Lithgow starred in 3rd Rock From the Sun from 1996-2001. The two-time Oscar nominee picked up his fifth Emmy for his dark turn on Showtime's Dexter. He recently appeared on stage opposite Glenn Close and »
The romantic comedy stars the pair as a couple who are trying to escape the "hipster" culture of Brooklyn, but have tremendous trouble selling their apartment.
The movie has been adapted from the novel Heroic Measures by Canadian author Jill Ciment.
5 Flights Up opens on May 8 in the Us. No UK date has been set as yet. »
Audiences will soon be getting Happyish, as the highly anticipated Showtime series finally makes its debut next month. The show that was initially beset by tragedy – as original star Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away – has respectfully re-cast, re-grouped and re-shot, and a snippet of the result is now available in a new trailer. Striking a much lighter tone than expected, Happyish now stars Steve Coogan, employing an accent that is perhaps best described as ‘American-ish.’
Thom Payne (Coogan) has hit his mid-40s, and is facing the prospect of working for a new, younger, more hip boss who has assumed control of his workplace. A bundle of contradictions, Thom is concerned about erectile dysfunction, but worries that chemical remedies may counteract his anti-depressants. He loathes the current youth-focused trends, but tries his best to make skinny jeans work. Mostly, he wonders if he could be happier, but suspects that this »
- Sarah Myles
The untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman last year left many projects in limbo, most notably the Hunger Games movie franchise, where he was in the midst of shooting for a pivotal role in the series. However, Hoffman’s demise also put to an end the actor’s transition to television, as he was set to take on the lead role in the Showtime series Happyish, following in the footsteps of numerous performers who had made the transition to the small screen. While Hoffman’s demise put the show in jeopardy, it soon righted itself, going in a different direction by having Steve Coogan step into the lead. Coogan, who has previously found success in television with the Alan Partridge character across numerous shows, as well as movies such as Hamlet 2 and The Other Guys, plays the role of Thom Payne. The show’s synopsis is as follows:
On his birthday, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
[Press Release] New York, NY – March 6, 2015 – Today, Showtime unveiled the poster art for its new half-hour comedy series HAPPYish, which premieres on Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 p.m. Et/Pt. HAPPYish stars Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Emmy® winner and Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford. The series is a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness and why it continues to be so elusive. Currently in production in New York, HAPPYish also features guest stars Emmy and Tony® Award winner Ellen Barkin, Emmy Award winner Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo. Coogan stars as 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 “ »
- Pietro Filipponi
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The Good Wife scene-stealer Carrie Preston has been cast as the female lead opposite Patrick Warburton in NBC's untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn (Preston) when their children and their parents move back home. Stacy Keach plays Mike's dad. James Burrows is directing from a script by Martin, who executive produces with Sean… »
You have to feel a little bit for Steve Coogan, who will face, in every review and interview for the upcoming Showtime series "Happyish," a comparison to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The late actor was attached to star in the series before his tragic death last year, and after a pause, the network decided to press on, swapping in Coogan for Hoffman. But credit to Coogan for clearly making the role his own. The first trailer for "Happyish" is here and Coogan fits the role of an uncomfortably, unhappy middle-aged man quite perfectly. Co-starring Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Carrie Preston, Molly Price, and Andre Royo, the show centers on a mid-40s man whose career is thrown for a loop when he gets a new, much younger, social media savvy boss. Coogan has a bit of a Woody Allen thing going on, but with just enough of his own »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Showtime has released a teaser for its new comedy, “Happyish,” premiering Sunday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m. The comedy stars Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford, with guest stars including Ellen Barkin, Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo.
In the half-hour series Coogan plays 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,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” 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.
The series was created, written and executive produced by Shalom Auslander, with Ken Kwapis exec producing and directing the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will serve as co-executive producer through their In Cahoots banner.
The series was originally set »
- Laura Prudom
During development, the project — which was directed by My One and Only‘s Richard Loncraine — flirted with a variety of titles including Ruth & Alex and Life Itself before settling on the aforementioned moniker. In tandem with the news, the studio also confirmed a new release date for the comedy, which will have a limited release on May 8, 2015.
As you’ve probably already guessed by now, 5 Flights Up will see Freeman and Keaton play a married couple who find themselves faced with a tough decision: should they sell their beloved Brooklyn home? Over the course of the film, they begin to realize that leaving the house they know and love may not be as daunting as they first imagined, instead offering up a whole new life opportunity in their twilight years. »
- Michael Briers
Focus World said today that the Morgan Freeman-Diane Keaton film formerly known as Ruth & Alex, has been retitled 5 Flights Up and been set for a May 8 limited release. The Oscar winners star as a married couple trying to decide whether to sell their longtime Brooklyn home. During the course of one crazy weekend, they discover that finding a new apartment is not about winding down but starting a new adventure.
Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus Features, snagged rights to the comedy after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cynthia Nixon, Korey Jackson, Claire van der Boom, Carrie Preston also star.
- The Deadline Team
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