Showtime Orders to Series Sexy Affair, Philip Seymour Hoffman Comedy; Sets 2 Return Dates

Hoffman West ShowtimeShowtime has ordered to series two new yet very different projects, each populated by familiar faces.

On the comedy front, the pay cabler has given a green light to Happyish (fka Trending Down), which stars Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Thom Payne, an ad man who is sent adrift when his ad agency is taken over. The project is described as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.”

On the steamy/angst front, there is The Affair, which is described an intense and intimate exploration of two marriages and an indiscretion that disrupts them – with all of the complex consequences that result. The cast features Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) — as the adulterers — and Maura Tierney (ER) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe), as their respective proper mates.

TheAffair_ShowtimeNo timetables are yet available for either series, though the trailers previewed at TCA looked fantastic.

In other Showtime news, the network announced Season 6 of Nurse Jackie and the final season of Californication will premiere April 13.

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  1. hana says:

    Naked, angsty Joshua Jackson? Yes please.

  2. Eddie says:

    First of all, does the journalist who wrote this article have dyslexia?? “Showtime has ordered to series two new yet very different projects”

    Second of all, Ruth Wilson!!! So happy she will be back on TV!

  3. Brett says:

    Expect Philip Seymour Hoffman to be Emmy-nominated for Happyish because he’s a “movie” star doing TV. I also hope it’s good showcase for Kathryn Hahn because she’s wonderful but also hasn’t quite fond that true breakout role yet.

    So over adultery-themed dramas though. So less enthused by the pickup of The Affair – but probably will check it because that is one great cast.

  4. Richard says:

    I wonder what will air in the summer? I guess The Franchise is not coming back.

  5. Diane says:

    You had me at Ruth Wilson.

  6. moon says:

    Josh Jackson will soon be back on my TV. I couldn’t be happier!

  7. Ally Oop says:

    I hate the premise of the show but dangbabbit it’s Joshua Jackson so I’m watching. And I like Maura Tierney too.

  8. Steven says:

    The Affair sounds a lot like Betrayal.

  9. Morgan says:

    Ruth Wilson!

  10. HAP says:

    Maura Tierney! She was originally cast in Parenthood, but had to withdraw due to her bout with cancer. I’ve always wondered how that show would have fared had she been in the cast.

  11. TheTVJunkee says:

    Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson AND Maura Tierney in the same show? I may die of happiness before I ever see any of this.

  12. Joey says:

    Glad The Affair got pickup. Great cast for the show.