How 'Happyish' reshaped itself after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

April 24, 2015 1:49 PM

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When Happyish, Showtime’s dark comedy about a family’s struggle against our corporatized world, debuts on April 26, it will have completed one of the unlikeliest journeys in television. It’s one that includes a first-time TV writer; the death of its first star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, which nearly killed the series itself; a revival of the show with Steve Coogan as the lead; and some saucy sex scenes involving Keebler Elves.

Happyish is partly set at an advertising agency, where protagonist Thom Payne (Coogan) is a beleaguered, deeply cynical creative—much like series creator Shalom Auslander used to be.

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