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The news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's unexpected death is still sinking in with his colleagues from Hollywood, Broadway and beyond, but the TV world is feeling the loss as well.
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Although Hoffman's first credited role was a 1991 episode of "Law & Order," he had just taken on his first series regular role, starring in and executive producing Showtime's "Happyish," a 10-episode dark comedy. "Happyish" is about Thom Payne (Hoffman), an advertising exec who becomes passionately unhinged when his agency is taken over by younger execs.
At January's Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, Showtime described the series as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not"; they also premiered a sizzle reel that showed bits of co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, who play Thom's wife and boss, respectively, but it was clear that this was the Philip Seymour Hoffman show.
In the preview, Hoffman's Thom was delightfully grumpy, flustered, and set in his ways, feeling soulless as he convinced comedian Louis C.K. to shill for his own line of CK high-tops. It also featured a rather memorable dream/hallucination with Thom fighting with an animated Keebler elf about selling out.
In a nod to Thom's disgust with the new, young, texting generation, the logo for the series had the emoji pile of poop symbol dotting the "i."
At TCA, Showtime President David Nevins commented on courting the Oscar winner to take his first TV series regular role. "It took us a while to get to Philip Seymour Hoffman ... totally worth it," Nevins said.
After news of Hoffman's death broke, Showtime released this statement:
Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation's finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.
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There's no official word yet about how Showtime will handle the series, which did not yet have a premiere date and had only shot the pilot. The rest of the series was in the process of being written and the series was not in production at the time of Hoffman's death. No decisions have been made yet about recasting the role and reshooting the pilot or scrapping the project altogether.
"Happyish" was created and written by Shalom Auslander, who was not yet available for comment when Yahoo reached out.