TCA 2014: Showtime president David Nevins says casting would need to be “perfectly put together”
Showtime president David Nevins says there's a chance that “Happyish,” the series that was to have starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, could come air with a new lead.
Creator Shalom Auslander has written five scripts for the show so far, Nevins said at a Television Critics Association panel Friday.
“I now am sitting on five scripts from Shalom that I think are brilliant,” Nevins said. “If I can cast it the same way, it's something I will probably make. But there's no guarantees. It's got to be perfectly put together.”
“Happyish” had only shot a pilot before Hoffman's drug-related death at 46. He played a frazzled advertising executive who struggles with how much selling out is too much selling out.
After his death, Auslander said Hoffman had “the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met.