10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Bradley Whitford Replaces Rhys Ifans in Showtime's 'Happyish'
Showtime's Happyish is making a casting change.
The comedy, which saw Steve Coogan replace the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, has recast the role of the actor's boss. Bradley Whitford will step in for Rhys Ifans in Happyish, which is now back at the pilot stage.
Happyish is a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness. Coogan stars as Thom Payne, whose new bosses are half his age. Whitford will play Jonathan, Thom's mentor and boss who is an advertising legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and his moral cravenness. Kathryn Hahn returns to star as Thom's wife.
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Production on the new pilot will begin next month in New York. It's unclear which, if any, other original co-stars will return for the new version.
Created, written and executive produced by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, the series also was executive produced by Hoffman via his Cooper's Town Productions banner. Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You) will exec produce and direct the new pilot alongside producing partner Alexandra Beattie, who will co-executive produce under their Cahoots banner.
Whitford's credits include ABC's short-lived but beloved Trophy Wife, as well as Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The West Wing. The casting returns the actor to Showtime where he had a brief role on Shameless. Whitford, like Hahn, also had a guest role on NBC's Parks and Recreation. He's repped by WME, Greenlight Management and Frankfurt Kurnit.