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Philip Seymour Hoffman was cast in new Showtime comedy 'Happyish'

Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait during

Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Credit: Philip Seymour Hoffman during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. (Matt Carr/Getty Images))

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday morning in New York of an apparent drug overdose, had been cast in a new Showtime comedy, "Happyish," which had just been announced at the recent TV Critics Association tour. 

Showtime's 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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  "Happyish" starred Hoffman as Thom Payne, an advertising executive confronting -- with considerable bitterness -- the "youthification" of his industry, notably in the executive suite, thus rendering him increasingly irrelevant. A clip was shown at the tour and apparently went over well. Hoffman represented a fresh wave of major big-screen talent migrating to the small screen (Michael Sheen on "Masters of Sex," or Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey on HBO's "True Detectives" as immediate examples) if only for a brief run. "Happyish" had a 10-episode order, which would almost certainly have been accorded numerous Golden Globe and Emmy nods; after all, Philip Seymour Hoffman was attached. 

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