Back in January, Showtime ordered a new comedy pilot starring Philip Seymour Hoffman called Happyish centered on a man named Thom Payne who "is struggling with his new bosses being half his age and is having to choose between his antidepressants and his ED pills." While the pilot's future had been uncertain following Hoffman's death a month later, the network revealed today that Steve Coogan has been officially cast in the role. Here's the updated description for the pilot:
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 [...]
In a press release, Showtime announced today that they've given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy with a musical slant called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-created, executive produced, and written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Rachel Bloom, a comedian/actress/writer on Robot Chicken and creator of many hit musical comedy web videos. The show follows Bloom's character Rebecca, "a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, [...]
On top of creating a scripted comedy for Starz with Patrick Stewart, THR reports that Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames is also adapting the Icelandic dramedy World's End into a half-hour series for premium network Showtime. The series will follow a high school English teacher "struggling with life, love and his disaffected students, who spins out of control and winds up committed to a mental institution, where, ironically, he finally feels normal and becomes the leader of an inmate revolt." Ames will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Ben Silverman and his former Bored to Death EP Stephanie Davis. Click through to watch the [...]
Showtime has landed a new comedy starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. THR reports that the pay cable network has ordered 10 episodes of Happyish, a dark comedy created by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander that stars Hoffman, with Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans in supporting roles. The show, previously titled Trending Down, was ordered to pilot in July.
In Happyish, Hoffman will play a man named Thom Payne who on his 42nd birthday, is struggling with his new bosses being half his age and is having to choose between his antidepressants and his ED pills. Hahn plays his wife, while Ifans is his mentor. Ken Kwapis (The Office) developed [...]
Showtime has just greenlit a new documentary called Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, one that'll follow around the comic for her tour later this summer as she stages private shows in fans' barns, living rooms, back yards, driveways, and any other area they have access to that can fit some friends to watch some comedy. It'll also include "guest appearances from her famous and funny friends," of which she has many. Sounds like fun! And hey, you can be involved if you wanna have Tig perform at your pad. Just head to TigRoadtrip.com and pitch her on just why you should host her.
Pauly Shore is headed to Showtime. Deadline reports that the pay cable network has picked up Shore's documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone to premiere on December 4th. Directed by and starring Shore, the documentary follows the actor and comedian during a standup tour across the Midwest "while grappling with aging, fading fame and his relationship with his Parkinson’s-suffering mother, Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore." On the inspiration for the film, Shore told Deadline: "Down to my core of who I am, I’m a standup comic. A lot of comics go through personal things and have to put on a smile. I’m always doing schtick – I’m a comic, [...]
Cameron Crowe is about to give TV comedy a try. According to Nikki Finke, the Almost Famous writer/director is currently working on an ensemble comedy set at a U.S. rock tour called Roadies. While no other details on the pilot have been revealed, Crowe will reportedly direct it before the end of the year, when his latest untitled romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Murray will be released in theaters.
Showtime is making a show about an aspiring comedian. Deadline reports that the pay cable network is developing a series called Yank, which comes from Sex and the City writers Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg and follows a young man from an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, New York, who decides to start pursuing a career in standup comedy. The guy starts leading a double life and venturing out of his sheltered corner of New York to explore the big city around him for the first time. If Yank gets picked up, it'd join Louie, Maron, and Mulaney to become the fourth show on the air about a standup [...]
David Cross is creating a new TV show. Deadline reports that Showtime is developing a new comedy that Cross will write and produce through his company, Liberal Jew-Run Media Productions. Cross describes the show as being about "a modestly successful travel writer who struggles to keep his families happy and satisfied. Oh, and also from finding out about each other’s existence." What's most surprising about the project is that David Cross is not writing the lead role for himself. The part has yet to be cast, but it looks like it'll go to another actor. Cross may end up playing a supporting role if the project ends up [...]
Bloom, together with Aline Brosh McKenna, is now developing a musical television series for Showtime, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The show will follow Rebecca (played by Bloom), who leaves her job in a prestigious New [...]
Sad news for fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the all-star cameos on Louie this season: The recently deceased actor was originally slated to appear in tonight's two-part flashback episode "In the Woods." Here's what Jeremy Renner — who shows up in the episode — told Yahoo last month:
I just did a little bit on Louie that's coming out next month. That was fun, and he's a good dude. I was happy to do that, but it was like: in and out. I could go in for three days and have some fun and move on … Phil [Seymour] Hoffman was supposed to be in it, too. [...]
Showtime announced this morning the renewal of two of the network's comedy-dramas, House of Lies and Shameless, for another season. Both shows debuted their current seasons in January and are currently airing new episodes on Sunday nights. The renewal will mark the fifth season for Shameless, starring William H. Macy, and the fourth for Don Cheadle-led House of Lies. Both new seasons will be 12 episodes long and are expected to debut in 2015.
Cable network Showtime has landed an Oscar winner for its latest comedy pilot. TV Line reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in a pilot called Trending Down that's described as a "blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.” Hoffman will star as an ad man falling on hard times, and Kathryn Hahn is onboard to play his wife. The potential series was created by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. If Showtime orders the pilot to series, it will be Philip Seymour Hoffman's first full-time TV gig ever.
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