Happyish (found unaired pilot of dark comedy TV series; 2013)

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Status: Found

Date found: 14 Feb 2020

Found by: John Cameron Mitchell

Happyish (stylized as HAPPYish), is a satirical comedy-drama series, starring Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, a middle-aged man who hates his job at an advertising firm, as well as the new bosses who took over the company. Debuted on Showtime in April 2015, it was cancelled after 10 episodes due to low ratings.

A pilot episode was made in 2013, with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role, who Ausland brought into the project after he sold the series to Showtime in 2011. However, due to Hoffman’s untimely death on February 2nd, 2014, the series entered in production limbo, with Ausland looking for another actor to portray Thom Payne. The role ultimately landed on Steve Coogan. Although never officially aired, the pilot episode marks Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final television appearance.[1]

On February 14th, 2020, the director of the pilot episode, John Cameron Mitchell, announced on his Instagram account that the unaired pilot was available online as a tribute to Hoffman.[2][3]

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