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 to star Philip Seymour Hoffman before his death last year.
“Steve’s range is astounding — he is a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands,” said Auslander after Coogan was cast.