Showtime Previews 'HAPPYish' After 'Shameless' Finale

Showtime subscribers checking out the fifth-season finale of Shameless will get a look at the pilot of upcoming comedy, HAPPYish.

The premium programmer will air a special sneak preview of HAPPYish's first episode on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The installment will air immediately following the season-five finale of Shameless at 9 p.m. 

HAPPYish, starring Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Emmy-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Bradley Whitford, will assume its regular time slot on Sunday, April 26 at 9:30 p.m. 

Currently in production in New York, the series is a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness and why it continues to be so elusive. The show also features guest stars Emmy and Tony-Award winner Ellen Barkin, Emmy Award-winner Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo.

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In a role originally cast for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Coogan stars as 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?