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‘West Wing’ Star Bradley Whitford Joins Showtime’s ‘Happyish’

Emmy-winning actor to appear alongside Steve Coogan on the comedy pilot

Showtime’s “Happyish” pilot has added another cast member.

Emmy-winning “West Wing” actor Bradley Whitford joined the upcoming comedy project on Friday, which also stars Steve Coogan (“Philomena”) and Kathryn Hahn (“Revolutionary Road”).

He’s set to play Jonathan Cooke, Thom Payne’s (Coogan) boss and a legend within the advertising agency. But his success is a combination of creative genius and moral cowardice.

In addition to playing White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman in over 150 episodes of Aaron Sorkin‘s hit NBC political drama, “The West Wing,” Whitford has starred in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and “Transparent,” to name a few.


Most recently, he acted opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Malin Akerman on the ABC sitcom “Trophy Wife.” Whitford’s film credits include “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Billy Madison,” “The Cabin in the Woods” and “The Client.”

WME and Greenlight Management represent him.

“Happyish” was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular “This American Life” contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy nominee Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You,” “A Walk in the Woods”) will executive produce and direct the pilot in New York next month. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner.

It’s the second casting addition for “Happyish” in as many days. On Thursday TheWrap reported Hahn had signed on to play Thom’s wife Lee Payne, again. She also appeared on the original incarnation of the pilot, opposite the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, but after he died in February the project went into disarray.

But Showtime president David Nevins hinted at moving forward with the project in July and eventually announced Coogan as Hoffman’s replacement in October.