Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in a new comedy series, titled 'Happyish,' about a middle-aged man's pursuit of happiness. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)
Pasadena, Calif.— Showtime says Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in a new comedy series about a middle-aged man’s pursuit of happiness.
The series, titled “Happyish,” co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, execs at the premium cable channel told a panel at the Television Critics Association tour Thursday.
Hoffman, who won an Oscar for 2005’s “Capote,” is among a number of big-screen stars choosing to work in television. Billy Bob Thornton, who’s starring in the FX series “Fargo,” said this week that TV has eclipsed movies as the place for sophisticated fare.
Showtime, a subsidiary of CBS, also announced a new drama, “The Affair,” starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson. The channel says “The Affair” and “Happyish” will air sometime in the next year.
As for Showtime’s popular terrorist drama “Homeland,” look for Carrie Mathison to hit the road in the next season.
Showtime chief executive David Nevins said Mathison, played by Claire Danes, will be on the ground in a foreign city. She was mulling an offer to run the CIA office in Istanbul during this season’s final episode. Nevin said the show is primarily about a CIA field operative, but it hasn’t spent much time showing her in the field.
“Homeland” took some critical shots for losing its way in its most recent season, which concluded with the execution of one of its lead characters, Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis.
Nevins said “Homeland” is undergoing a “big reset.”
He added that the door has not entirely closed on “Dexter,” the drama about a forensics investigator who moonlighted as a serial killer. The series starring Michael C. Hall concluded last year with its eighth season, with Dexter Morgan still alive, though not so well.
“There has been some preliminary talks, very early, but nothing has been decided,” Nevins said. “If it were to return, it would have to be a new concept, not a continuation. But right now, it’s very open-ended.”
On the broadcast front, CBS revealed producers filmed the climactic scene of its “How I Met Your Mother” finale eight years ago, fearing the actors involved would become unrecognizable. The network has kept it under wraps ever since.
The Monday-night comedy concludes after nine seasons on March 31 with a one-hour episode.
Although the mother, played by actress Cristin Milioti, was introduced in last season’s final episode, the details of how they met still haven’t been revealed.