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Ellen Barkin to guest on Showtime's 'Happyish'

Another familiar face is joining the pilot of Showtime’s Happyish, a series that was originally set to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. (A pilot featuring Hoffman in the show’s lead role was filmed in 2013; the network has replaced Hoffman with Steve Coogan in its new iteration of Happyish.)

The pilot’s latest addition: Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Ellen Barkin, seen most recently on the small screen as The New Normal‘s staunchly right-wing, completely politically incorrect grandmother. Showtime says that Barkin will be playing Dani Kirschenbloom, “a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project.” READ FULL STORY

Bradley Whitford joins Showtime's 'Happyish'

Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of Showtime’s Happyish pilot, EW has learned.

The comedy follows Thom Payne’s (Steve Coogan) pursuit of happiness in the midst of dealing with a world he doesn’t understand, a pursuit that might just be the thing causing his unhappiness in the first place.

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Kathryn Hahn will return to her role in Showtime's re-shot 'Happyish' pilot

Showtime has announced that Kathryn Hahn will star alongside Steve Coogan in the comedy pilot for Happyish. 

Hahn will play Lee Payne, the wife to Coogan’s Thom Payne and mother to their six-year old son, Julius. Hahn originally shot the 2013 pilot for Happyish with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Happyish is a comedy that follows Payne’s pursuit of happiness in the midst of dealing with a world he doesn’t quite understand, and playing with the idea of rebranding himself to fit in with a younger demographic or if just settling for a “happyish” life is the best he can hope for. Hahn’s character is described as “honest and direct to a considerable fault.” She loves Thom, and Thom loves her, even though they both hate themselves.

Happyish comes from This American Life’s Shalom Auslander, with the pilot’s director Ken Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie on board to executive produce.

The pilot is set to be filmed in New York next month.

 

Showtime renews 'Homeland' and 'The Affair'

Showtime has renewed both Homeland and The Affair, EW has learned.

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Watch the shattering 'Shameless' season 5 trailer

The Gallaghers are back—and this time, they’ve got guns.

Showtime’s radical drama—no, wait, comedy—rocked the boat last year with its deliriously dark fourth season, which was heavy even by the show’s own standard. This January, Shameless is back for a fifth cycle of family drama that just might bring the crazy to a new level.

The brand new trailer, which officially debuts on Sunday—but is available now exclusively on EW—teases plenty of new twists for season five. What’s to come, exactly? For one thing, there’s the possible return of Jimmy, whom Fiona swears she sees around town. READ FULL STORY

Steve Coogan to take over Philip Seymour Hoffman's role in 'Happyish'

While Showtime has been quiet for a while on any news following its decision to move forward with its show Happyish after the death of its star Philip Seymour Hoffman, the network has finally announced a replacement for the show’s main role.

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So, who's dead on 'The Affair'? Fiona Apple helps us figure it out

The Affair has been labeled the Rashomon of marriage dramas, thanks to its he said/she said structure—but it’s also a pretty compelling mystery. The two main characters, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson), are telling the story of their affair to a detective who appears to be investigating a murder. So far, all we know is this: Someone died. And that someone is a man, probably a local, though he was run down on a road that’s primarily used by tourists. And he died the night of a party. And Alison misses him now that he’s gone. A few (very small) clues!

So, who exactly is doomed? Well, listen to “Container,” the beautiful, unsettling theme song that Fiona Apple originally wrote as an unreleased track and revamped specifically for the show, and you’ll notice that Apple might be hinting at someone specific. “I was screaming into the canyon at the moment of my death,” she sings. “The echo I created outlasted my last breath/My voice it made an avalanche and buried a man I never knew/And when he died, his widowed bride met your daddy, and they made you.”

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Dane Cook talks 'Troublemaker,' Louis C.K., and all the haters

The mid-2000s were some pretty damn good years for Dane Cook. In ’06, the Comedy Central alum’s Retaliation became the bestselling comedy album in 28 years, going platinum; Rolling Stone named him Hot Comic of the Year. Cook was the comic messiah of frat boys.

Then in late ’07—the same year Cook became the second comedian ever to sell out at Madison Square Garden—the tides began to turn against him, as they often do. Of course, Cook always had detractors—but at some point, the loathing reached critical mass, tipping the scales of public consensus. Dane Cook-fatigue set in. Accusations of stealing jokes from the likes of Joe Rogan and Louis C.K. were hurled, and an ugly blitz of online haters ensued.

Then Cook, 42, hit a rough patch personally, too. “I lost both my mom and dad to cancer within nine months and it was brutal. I was close with them—my mom was my best friend. I took a year off in 2010, and my goal was [to] work as hard on myself as I ever have on my standup. And I’m glad I did that, because I can honestly say that I feel now very similar to how I felt before the first CD broke, which was all love.” READ FULL STORY

Showtime developing 'In the Heat of the Night' series with Tate Taylor

Showtime is looking to add a little heat to its nighttime lineup.

The premium network and MGM Television have begun developing a new TV project based on the 1967 film In the Heat of the NightEW has confirmed. Written and directed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, the series will be “an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi.” Taylor, a Mississippi native, will also executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris (Get on Up). The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

The movie starred Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier as two men working together against their racial differences to solve a murder investigation in a hostile Southern town. In the Heat of the Night won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger. Based on John Ball’s 1965 novel of the same name, the property was previously adapted by NBC to television in 1988 starring Carroll O’Connor and Howard Rollins. The show, which later moved to CBS, ran for seven seasons and four made-for-TV movies.

Taylor’s involvement marks the second major television project for the film director, who is currently working on the Netflix comedy Grace & Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Warm up some damn good coffee: Showtime will revive 'Twin Peaks' in 2016 (Updated)

UPDATE: While casting for the new limited series has not been determined for the limited series, producer Mark Frost said he and Lynch would like to see old faces return. And, while it has not been confirmed, original series star Kyle MacLachlan tweeted a hint that, at the very least, he is open to returning to his Agent Dale Cooper suit.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks have spent years hoping for a continuation of the two-season series, taking virtually any mention of the show as a sign of life still left in the project. And now, thanks to Showtime, it finally looks like it’s time for some more damn good coffee.

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'The Affair' opening credits feature new Fiona Apple song: Listen

The opening title sequence for Showtime’s new drama The Affair should give Fiona Apple fans a reason to celebrate: it features a new song from Apple. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland': Your one-minute refresher

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After a status quo shift in the season 3 finale, Homeland returns for its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. Carrie, Saul, and Quinn all look to be moving on from last season. Life hasn’t settled down, however, as season 4 looks to put all three of them in harm’s way yet again.

But did they succeed last year, and at what cost was any of their success? Remind yourself of how things ended with our 60-second refresher:

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