Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: He was set to star in Showtime’s “Happyish”
The news of Hoffman’s death today comes just 2 1/2 weeks after Showtime announced a 10-episode order for “Happyish,” a comedy starring Hoffman. As Showtime president explained on Jan. 16, “‘Happyish’ is a very personal comedy starring one of the really great actors of our time, Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. ‘Happyish’ is about the fear – in this world of 25 year old CEOs and 27 year old billionaires – of becoming culturally irrelevant at a surprisingly young age. Hoffman plays Thom Payne, a successful but self-loathing creative director at a New York ad agency…. While true happiness is an unreasonably high bar, ‘Happyish’ might just be within reach.” PLUS: Here’s a 23-year-old Hoffman in his first on-screen acting role on “Law & Order” in 1991. UPDATE: Showtime mourns Hoffman’s death.