Showtime has released a brief HAPPYish teaser. The upcoming 10-episode half-hour comedy series created, written, and executive produced by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, star Steve Coogan who’s wrestling with his own happiness in the face of middle-age and upheaval at work.
Showtime’s comedies have had trouble catching on as well as their dramas. Shows like House of Lies and Shameless have their fans, but they don’t have the widespread critical acclaim and fervent devotion of HBO comedy series like Veep and Girls. Perhaps HAPPYish will break that trend, especially with Kathryn Hahn, Ellen Barkin, and Bradley Whitford co-starring alongside Coogan.
Check out the teaser below. HAPPYish premieres Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Here’s the official synopsis for HAPPYish:
Coogan stars as Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old wunderkind boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. HAPPYISH was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You, A Walk In The Woods) will executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will serve as co-executive producer, under their In Cahoots banner.