Showtime president David Nevins is still considering ordering comedy pilot “Happyish” to series — that is if the network can find the right actor to replace star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February just after the show was ordered to series.
“It’s essentially the same status, the only difference from the last time I talked to you is we’re six months away from the tragic news,” Nevins tells reporters at the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Although the show is still on hold, it’s something Nevins is still interested in putting into production. “I’m now sitting on five scripts from [creator] Shalom [Auslander] that I think are brilliant. If I can cast it the right way I think it’s something I’ll make.”
That said, just because the show has already gone through the development process doesn’t mean the show will automatically be picked up. “I wouldn’t necessarily go straight to series,” Nevins says.