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.