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Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime’s ‘Happyish’

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steve Coogan has signed on to star in the Showtime comedy pilot “Happyish.” The half-hour pilot will be filmed in New York this December.

Happyish” had originally been planned as a starring vehicle for Philip Seymour Hoffman, but was put on hold after the actor’s death until the role could be recast.

Coogan will play Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when he gets a new 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss, who says 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?

Happyish” was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular “This American Life” contributor Shalom Auslander.

“Steve’s range is astounding – he is a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands, »


- Debra Birnbaum

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Gotham Scoop: Morena Baccarin Checks In as Mythic Batman Figure

22 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The doctor is in, and she’s hot for Detective Gordon!

Homeland‘s Morena Baccarin is joining Gotham in the iconic DC Comics role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, TVLine has learned.

Thompkins is a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane.

In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn to Ben McKenzie »


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Renée Zellweger Doesn't Care About ‘Silly’ Uproar Over Her Appearance: ‘I Am Healthy’

22 October 2014 6:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

People on the internet have been pretty busy noticing that actress Renée Zellweger looks different lately, and despite some nasty criticism, she's happy people noticed, because she's happier than she's been in a long time. “I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows,” the 45-year-old actress told People. “”My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy.” Also read: Fox 21 Pays $6M for Renee ZellwegerCinnamon Girl’ Pilot for Lifetime (Exclusive) Her statement comes after an appearance at Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on. »


- Greg Gilman

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Bewitched Remake in the Works for NBC

just now | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Cue the crinkled nose: A Bewitched remake could be flying back to primetime next fall. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Elizabeth Montgomery fantasy-comedy, NBC is developing a new take on the old story about a pretty witch and her very mortal husband, People has confirmed. The new iteration from Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (The Vow) fast-forwards the tale to focus on Samantha's granddaughter Daphne, a single twentysomething who, just like the women in her family, uses magic to get through life. But it can't conjure up love! ABC, which aired the original sitcom from 1964- »


- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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