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Bradley Whitford is joins Showtime’s Happyish, stepping in for Rhys Ifans. The series, which originally starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and had been picked up before the actor’s death by the cable network, is once again going through the pilot phase. Steve Coogan has been cast to replace Hoffman as Thom Payne, an advertising executive who faces a dilemma when he learns his new bosses are half his age; Whitford replaces Ifans as Jonathan Cooke, Thom’s mentor and advertising legend. Kathryn Hahn returns to the project as Thom’s wife.
The half hour dark comedy is described as “a scathing examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place,” per Deadline. Production on the new pilot is set to begin next month in New York and will be directed by Ken Kwapis. As a still-depressed Trophy Wife fan, this is certainly good news and await Whitford’s possible return to television eagerly. And for those of you who cannot deal with your Trophy Wife withdrawal (I know, it is hard) check out the mini-Trophy Wife reunion on Amazon’s Transparent in which Whitford and Michaela Watkins are featured in guest roles. Hey, it’s better than nothing.