Showtime will bolster its lineup with a new drama about extramarital sex and a comedy about the pursuit of happiness that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Affair stars Dominic West (The Wire), Maura Tierney (ER) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe) and explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. Over 10 episodes, the drama will be told from the male and female perspectives.
Happyish, a comedy that also features Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), follows Thom Payne (Hoffman), whose his new bosses at work are half his age. His mentor and boss, Jonathan (Ifans) tells him to “rebrand” himself, his corporate headhunter tells him happiness is a myth, and Thom’s not sure if his Viagra will interfere with his Prozac, or vice versa.
Showtime also announced premiere dates today for its new and returning programs this spring. The docuseries Years of Living Dangerously will bow April 13, immediately following the season six premiere of Nurse Jackie and the seventh and final season of Californication.
Showtime’s new psychological thriller Penny Dreadful that stars Eva Green and Josh Hartnett starts on May 11.
Years of Living Dangerously follows a roster of major film, television and journalists who travel the globe to tackle a range of subjects that address climate change. Penny Dreadful chronicles some of literature’s most terrifying characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray in Victorian London.