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Watch the Late Phillip Seymour Hoffman In Unaired Pilot For 'Happyish'

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By Kasey Williams

Although he's been dead for just over six years, the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman can still be seen doing what he did best in an unaired pilot for a canceled Showtime television show.

Happyish, which aired for one season on Showtime back in 2015, originally had hopes of Seymour Hoffman playing its protagonist, going so far as to shoot the pilot of the television show in 2013 with Seymour Hoffman himself.

You can watch the unaired pilot for the television show here.

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Seymour Hoffman, who passed away on February 2, 2014, suffered at the hands of substance abuse in his later years, ultimately dying of "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine," according to Manhattan ADA Alex Spiro.

The actor, who's best known for his performances in films like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, and his Oscar-winning performance in Capote, was widely regarded as the greatest actor of his generation.

He had several films debut posthumously, although none of them gained much traction at the box office or in the awards circuits.

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Happyish ultimately cast Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn in its leading roles. Its first and only season did not fair well with critics and audiences, as the show was not picked up for a second season.

The show's official synopsis reads: "Thom Payne is 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.' Is he in need of a 'rebranding', or does he just have a 'low joy ceiling'?"

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"Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool's errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. Bitingly funny and raw, "HAPPYish" features a stellar cast led by Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, and Bradley Whitford."

Director John Cameron Mitchell, who directed the pilot in 2013, took to Instagram to share the news with his followers.

"I directed the original unaired 2013 pilot of #Happyish, a Showtime comedy starring the brilliant #philipseymourhoffman in his last filmed role," he said.


As expected from an actor as renowned and beloved as Seymour Hoffman, he puts his all into the off-beat performance and comes away with a win.

His uncanny ability to sell the tonal shifts of the show give weight to the idea that the show may have succeeded if he were in the leading role in lieu of Coogan, although sadly, nobody will ever be able to know for sure.

Showtime, which has canceled a myriad of its shows in recent months, could've likely used a hit like this with an actor of Seymour Hoffman's prowess.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was last seen on the big screen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

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