Coogan To Film Showtime's 'Happyish' Pilot

Showtime is looking to continue comedy Happyish, casting Steve Coogan in the lead role, originally slated for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The new pilot for the series is now scheduled to be shot in December.

Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) assumes the role of Thom Payne, a mid-40s man, whose world gets upended when his new boss is half his age.

The comedy was created by author Shalom Auslander, with Ken Kwapis on board to executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis' producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner.