Happyish – the latest comedy drama project for Steve Coogan – has been picked up for a series following a successful second pilot, it has been confirmed.
The show was initially piloted back in 2013 with the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman in the leading role, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell on directing duties. However, the series – fully commissioned for a run of ten episodes – was thrown into turmoil by Hoffman’s untimely demise last February.
Enter Steve Coogan, who we reported last year was to replace Hoffman for a second pilot. Following that, Showtime confirmed today that it was picking up the show for a full series once more, though they remain tight-lipped on whether Hoffman’s version of the pilot will ever be released.
Nonetheless, Coogan stars as a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray by the arrival of new 25-year-old boss with buzzwords on the brain. As he battles against rebranding, perhaps settling for happyish is the best he can expect.
The show is currently shooting in New York, and is set to premiere on Showtime on April 26th at 9:30 pm ET/PT. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.