Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Cancelled After One Season

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HappyishShowtime is calling time on Happyish. The premium cable network has cancelled the comedy series Happyish after airing one ten episode season, TVWise has confirmed.

Happyish follows Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives. Is he in need of a “rebranding,” as his mentor insists, or does he just have a “low joy ceiling,” as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. The series stars Steve Coogan, Bradley Whitford and Kathryn Hahn.

Given that it lasted a mere season on the air, Happyish certainly had something of a troubled history in its short life-span. The comedy, which Showtime President David Nevins has always been high on, was initially picked up to pilot in 2013, with Philip Seymour Hoffman attached as the lead. Not long after, in January 2014, the comedy scored a series order, but just weeks later, Hoffman passed away, putting the future of Happyish in peril.

After months of indecision, Nevins and his execs at Showtime opted to redevelop the show, believing that it could still work, if the right actor was found to replace Philip Seymour Hoffman. That thinking lead to a second pilot order in in late 2014, with Steve Coogan soon being drafted in as the new lead. Shortly after production on the second pilot was completed, Showtime once again handed Happyish a series order. Bradley Whitford and Kathryn Hahn also star.

Happyish ultimately launched on Showtime in April, but it failed to draw much of an audience, with the premiere drawing a mere 430K viewers in live+same day. Ratings continued to wane over the course of the season and by the time of the season (and now series) finale the audience had dwindled to 260K viewers. It was that poor ratings performance, and the lukewarm critical reception, that led Showtime to decide not to renew Happyish for a second season.