Steve Coogan To Replace Phillip Seymour Hoffman On ‘Happyish’ | TV News
After only playing the lead in the pilot for the showtime comedy Happyfish, Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed away leaving the show without a lead character. However, months after the death of the star, Steve Coogan has signed a deal with Showtime to replace Hoffman in the pilot and the rest of the series. Coogan will take the role of Thom Payne, a 44 year old expatriate whose world is thrown into disarray when he gets a 25 year old boss. He must grow accustomed to a new world where everything must be “digital”, “social” and “viral”. The creator of the show Shalom Auslander believes that Coogan is perfect for the role saying, “Steve’s range is astounding – he is a comedy legend, a gifter satirist and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demand“. Coogan does have big shoes to fill with the loss of Hoffman, but it is looking likely that he is going to do a fantastic job with this role.