Showtime Renews ‘Shameless,’ Orders ‘Happyish’ to Series

TCA 2015: Network also announced that Kyle MacLachlan will return for “Twin Peaks” reboot

Last Updated: January 12, 2015 @ 3:39 PM

Showtime has ordered a sixth season of its comedy “Shameless” and given a series order to the project “Happyish,” Showtime Networks president David Nevins said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Monday.

“Happyish” will premiere April 26 at 9:30 p.m.

It was also announced Monday that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper in the network’s upcoming “Twin Peaks” reboot, with MacLachlan showing up on stage in character to serve Nevins a presumably damn good cup of coffee.

“Happyish,” in which Philip Seymour Hoffman was intended to star before his death, features Steve Coogan 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.”

Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford will also star in the series, which has received a 10-episode order and was created, written and executive produced by “This American Life” contributor Shalom Auslander.

“Shalom has a unique comedic voice. He is smart, provocative and thoughtful,” Nevins said of “Happyish.” “I know he’s going to make viewers laugh, but he’s also going to push a few buttons while doing it.”

The nine-episode “Twin Peaks” revival, which goes into production this year for a 2016 premiere, will be written and produced by “Twin Peaks” creators/executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost. Lynch will also direct the reboot.

The new “Twin Peaks” will be set in the present day and continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers for the series’ passionate fan base.

On Monday, the network also announced that the documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” will premiere Feb. 21 at 9 p.m.

The Edie Falco series “Nurse Jackie” will return for its final season April 12 at 9 p.m., while the drama “Penny Dreadful” will premiere its second season April 26 at 10 p.m.

Watch the new trailers for “Nurse Jackie” and “Penny Dreadful.”