Star-Studded HAPPYISH is the First SHOWTIME® Series to Debut Exclusively on CraveTV, Beginning April 26
— March 31, 2015
– Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, and Bradley Whitford star in caustic examination of the pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing unhappiness in the first place –
“Thomas Jefferson, he wrote that line, ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’… What the f#@k is happiness?” – Thom Payne in HAPPYISHTORONTO (March 31, 2015) – The highly anticipated new SHOWTIME comedy HAPPYISH will make its historic debut on CraveTVTM it was announced today, marking the first time in Canada that a premium pay series will have an exclusive first-window on a subscription streaming service. HAPPYISH becomes the first SHOWTIME series to be made exclusively available to CraveTV subscribers as part of its multi-year agreement with CBS Corporation that was announced last month.
Raunchy and star-studded, HAPPYISH begins streaming Sunday, April 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CraveTV, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. New episodes will be available weekly on Sundays at the same time, in the official SHOWTIME- branded collection only on CraveTV.
Bitingly funny, scathing, and raw, the series stars Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena) as Thom Payne, a 40-something advertising executive who’s trying his best to at least maintain a state of “happyish”, while aging out of an industry that’s obsessed with youth, worrying that the mood stabilizers he’s on are destroying his sex life, and obsessing that his generalized dissatisfaction is affecting his six-year-old son.
“The debut of HAPPYISH marks an historic moment for both CraveTV and our instantly popular SHOWTIME Collection,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “We are looking forward to delivering CraveTV subscribers our first-ever exclusive SHOWTIME series that will grow episode-by-episode each and every week.”
With more than 400 hours of some of the most acclaimed, star-studded premium programming available anywhere, the popular SHOWTIME Collection on CraveTV features a long list of award-winning titles including THE AFFAIR, MASTERS OF SEX, RAY DONOVAN, PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND, NURSE JACKIE, WEEDS, and more.
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**Media Note** Photography available online at https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/HAPPYISH stars Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, throwing around words like “digital” “social”, and “viral”. Thom’s mentor insists he is in need of a “rebranding”, while his corporate headhunter suggests he just has a “low joy ceiling.” But perhaps, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for “happyish” is the best Thom can expect.
The series also stars Kathryn Hahn (GIRLS) as Thom’s wife Lee, and Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING), as Thom’s friend Jonathan. Comic legend Rob Reiner and Emmy and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin (THE NEW NORMAL) guest star, along with Emmy Award winner Carrie Preston (THE GOOD WIFE), Molly Price (THIRD WATCH), and Andre Royo (THE WIRE).
The comedy is created, written, and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) executive produces and directed the pilot. The series is co-executive produced by Kwapis' producing partner Alexandra Beattie under their In Cahoots banner.
All you can watch, for $4/month. Created for TV lovers and devoted exclusively to television, CraveTVTM is Canada’s premium TV subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles. Designed to complement the traditional television ecosystem, and available to all TV providers, CraveTV is currently available to Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, Cable Cable, Nexicom, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, and Wightman Telecom subscribers, and is coming soon to other television service providers. Available through traditional set-top boxes, the service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.