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Showtime Hands Series Orders to ‘Happyish,’ ‘The Affair’

Philip Seymour Hoffman comedy, Ruth Wilson-Dominic West drama get 10-episode pickups

Showtime is expected to unveil pickups of two new series, comedy “Happyish” and drama “The Affair,” during its Television Critics Assn. press tour sessions on Thursday.

Both projects have 10-episode orders. There’s no word yet on scheduling.

“Happyish” stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (pictured right) as a man struggling with modern ills that get in the way of his pursuit of happiness.

The half-hour series was created by Shalom Auslander, a contributor to “This American Life,” and developed by director Ken Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie. Hoffman exec produces with Kwapis through the former’s Cooper’s Town Prods. Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans star.

“The Affair” is a drama series that examines the psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons’ diner and a teacher who spends he summer at his in-laws estate on the island. Dominic West, Joshua Jackson, Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney star.

Sarah Treem (pictured left) wrote “The Affair.” Hagai Levi, Treem and Jeffrey Reiner exec produce. Treem and Levi first worked together on HBO’s adaptation of Levi’s Israeli series “In Treatment.”

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