Showtime Cancelled ‘Happyish,’ Show Received Mixed Reviews

By Subhro Prakash Ghosh | 2 years ago
Showtime Cancelled ‘Happyish,’ Show Received Mixed Reviews

Happyish” is still a praised show by Showtime, but unfortunately it wrapped up after one season. Read below to get a scoop of it.

According to AV Club, the series that starred Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn has ended its first and final season on July 24, 2015.

Coogan takes on the role of a depressed middle-aged advertising writer while Hahn plays as an artist named Lee, the wife of Coogan’s  character. Kathryn Hahn (as Lee) as his artist wife.

“’Happyish’ had been a passion project for Showtime topper David Nevins who originally took in the comedy developed at Ken Kwapis’ company more than 3 years ago. It was ordered to pilot in summer 2013 with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hahn as the leads.

In January 2014, the pilot was picked up to series, but the show was soon dealt a big blow when Hoffman suddenly died. Deadline stated after being informed by the pay cable network that the offbeat comedy would not be coming back for a second season.

According to Cinema Blend, Showtime had spent a little time to take decision on the continuation of “Happyish.” A lot of Showtime’s other programs “House of Lies” Season 5 and “Penny Dreadful” Season 3 that have fared better this season were picked up by the network.

“Happyish” is created and written by Shalom Auslander. It is an American dark satirical comedy drama that also stars Bradley Whitford and Ellen Barkin. It had its official premiere on Apr. 26, 2015, but as a sneak preview it was first telecast on Showtime on April 5.

While looking at the reviews, “Happyish” does not seem to be one of highly praised shows. Metacritic had given it a score of 49 out of 100 based on 31 reviews. On the other hand, the show was given 30 percent “rotten” rating by Rotten Tomatoes based on 37 critics reviews. Rotten Tomatoes had also given the show a critical consensus stating “Instead of sly and shocking, ‘Happyish’ comes off as shrill and self-satisfied, despite the efforts of its talented cast.”

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Having over 9 years of experience in retail magazines and portals, Ghosh has served lot of overseas clients in the last couple of years. Presently, he is a regular contributor for MNG. He had spent a self-imposed exile at the bank of river Narmada between 2012 and 2014 where he had mainly lived in the dense forests, ancient caves or with seriously devoted monks involved in penance and spiritual introspection. He is personally inspired by the great eastern and western mystics like Osho Rajneesh, Helena Blavatsky, George Gurdjieff, P D Ouspensky, Buddha, Lao Tsu, Confucius, Bodhidharma, J Krishnamurthy, Japanese Zen masters just to name a few.