Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Showtime Show Happyish “Unlikely” To Continue After Death
While The Hunger Games will still release on schedule, another one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s projects will suffer after his tragic death Sunday: Showtime’s yet-to-premiere series, Happyish.
According to what a source close to the show told E! Online, the show is “unlikely” to continue without its star.
In the show, Philip starred as Thom Payne, a character described by Showtime’s president David Nevins as “a successful but self-loathing creative director at a New York ad agency” who’s worried about becoming irrelevant compared to his younger co-workers. The show has already been picked up for 10 episodes.
E!’s source says that Showtime fought for a long time to get Philip attached to the project — and that his character “drives every scene of the pilot” — so it would be understandably difficult to continue without him.
“It’s hard to imagine a way in which it could go on,” the source admits. “His role would have to be recast and there weren’t any other actors in serious consideration aside from Philip. If the show does move forward, the premiere would be delayed as the pilot would need to be reshot.”
Showtime has yet to comment on the status of the show, but we expect they’ll make a decision soon.