Thomas Jefferson, be warned: Thom Payne, the lead character of Showtime’s upcoming Happyish, isn’t buying what you’re selling.
“He wrote that line: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the curmudgeonly Thom — played by Steve Coogan (Philomena) — narrates in the series’ first official trailer. “F–k you, Thomas Jefferson.”
The spot introduces Thom as a frustrated old-school ad man who has a hard time dealing with his agency — and his field — being taken over by a social media-obsessed younger generation.
The series originally starred Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Thom role; Coogan accepted the part after Hoffman’s death last year. Kathryn Hahn (Transparent, Parks and Recreation) plays his wife; Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) plays Thom’s boss.
The series premieres on April 26 at 9:30/8:30c. Press PLAY on the video above to get Happyish.