Philip Seymour Hoffman Gets a Showtime Series, as Pay-Cable Net Slates a Number of New Programs

Jan 16, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, known more for his work on film, is about to become a TV regular. The actor, who won an Oscar for best actor for the 2005 film "Capote," will star in a new Showtime comedy series, EW.com reports.

"’Happyish,’ a comedy that also features Kathryn Hahn (‘Revolutionary Road’) and Rhys Ifans (‘Notting Hill’), follows Thom Payne (Hoffman), whose his new bosses at work are half his age," the story reports. "His mentor and boss, Jonathan (Ifans) tells him to ‘rebrand’ himself, his corporate headhunter tells him happiness is a myth, and Thom’s not sure if his Viagra will interfere with his Prozac, or vice versa."

Showtime also announced plans for a new drama series about extramarital sex. "’The Affair’ stars Dominic West (‘The Wire’), Maura Tierney (‘ER’) and Joshua Jackson (‘Fringe’) and explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. Over 10 episodes, the drama will be told from the male and female perspectives," the piece reports.

The channel also announced that the docuseries "Years of Living Dangerously" will premiere April 13, following the season six opener for "Nurse Jackie" and the season seven premiere of "Californication."

"Penny Dreadful," the pay-cable net’s new psychological thriller with Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, is set to roll out May 11.

The article notes: "’Years of Living Dangerously’ follows a roster of major film, television and journalists who travel the globe to tackle a range of subjects that address climate change. ‘Penny Dreadful’ chronicles some of literature’s most terrifying characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray in Victorian London."

Update: For coverage of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, please see the following links:

Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose at 46.

House of heroin: Report says actor had 70 bags of heroin in his apartment.

Arrests made in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death.

How Philip Seymour Hoffman spent his last days.

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