Noted for his range of comedic and dramatic roles, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Steve Coogan (“Philomena,” “Alan Partridge”) is set to star in the Showtime comedy pilot “Happyish.” The half-hour pilot will be filmed in New York this December.
“Happyish” is a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc.
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 like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” as his mentor insists, or does he just have a “low joy ceiling,” as his corporate headhunter suggests? 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.
“Happyish” was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy Award nominee Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You,” “A Walk In The Woods”) will executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner.
“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.
Comedian, writer and producer Steve Coogan is widely considered to be one of the greatest British comedic voices of his generation. He created the popular character Alan Partridge, who has been featured across a number of series and feature films, and has earned him wide critical acclaim, including three BAFTA Award wins. Coogan co-wrote, produced, and starred in the Oscar nominated film “Philomena,” which earned him Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations in 2013. Coogan’s other feature films include “Tropic Thunder,” “The Other Guys,” “In the Loop,” “Hamlet 2,” “The Parole Officer,” “24 Hour Party People,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Ruby Sparks,” “What Maisie Knew,” “The Trip,” “A Cock and Bull Story,” “Despicable Me 2” and “The Night at the Museum” films. Coogan has also been honored with multiple awards for his work in television including British Comedy Awards and BAFTA Awards.
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