July 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm #292454
Mr. Hoffman is ready to snatch some Emmy wigs next year.
Pilot Scoop: Philip Seymour Hoffman to Star in Showtime’s Trending Down Comedy
by Kimberly Roots
Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in and executive produce Showtime’s failed-ad-guy comedy pilot, Trending Down.
TVLine has learned the Oscar-winner will play Thom Payne, who is adrift when his ad agency is taken over. The project is described as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.”
The project was created and written by Shalom Auslander (This American Life), who will executive-produce with Hoffman, Emily Ziff (Capote), Ken Kwapis (The Office), and Alexandra Beattie (Outsourced).
Hoffman took home an Academy Award for his portrayal of the titular author in Capote. His recent film work includes Moneyball, The Master, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire .
Trending Down is the third pilot the premium cabler has picked up this year, after The Vatican and The Affair.
The network is expected to announce the project next week at the Television Critics Association’s Summer press tour in Beverly Hills.July 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm #292456
i think the only comedy i seen Hoffman in was Along Came Polly and he was hilarious in it. Looking forward to this.July 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm #292457
“blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture”? Oh boy.July 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm #292458
In true Showtime comedy (or should I say “comedy”) fashion, the show will probably be underwhelming but the lead will elevate the material, in the style of Toni Collette, Don Cheadle and Edie Falco (excluding Mary-Louise Parker because I find Weeds to be brilliant, the only showtime series to deserve a Best Comedy nomination, multiple of them imo).
I will watch for Hoffman and will hope for the best.July 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm #292459
The Showtime comedies with leading men have been comedic, though they’ve had varying degrees of actually being funny.July 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm #292460
And the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series goes to…July 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm #292461
^ Michael J. FoxJuly 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm #292462
I don’t understand why Hoffman’s going to television. He isn’t a big movie star but he’s a very relevant character actor in film and a constant Oscar nominee of recent. I get doing the occasional Broadway production to chase Tony’s and Drama Desk awards. If he wanted an Emmy–most active movie career talent does a TV movie–becoming a series regular at this point in his career seems defeatist.July 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm #292463
That’s a snobby POV. Many successful film actors have said TV has the best character writing of any medium right now. Besides, if it works out it’s a regular check, a few awards and probably no more than five or years of commitment with enough time, if you’re doing cable, to keep doing movies.July 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm #292464
A lot of film actors get paid much better to do cable shows than indie films, and now, you can find prestige on television just as easily (maybe even more) than when doing some random indie film. The idea that an actor like Hoffman is above the medium is odd. If anything, it’s a job with a steady paycheck that allows him to continue to have freedom in doing what he does, and might end up more interesting than being supporting in whatever dumb script he gets next.
And if you think it sounds defeatist, why don’t you ask Kevin Spacey how he feels.July 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm #292465
I think Spacey’s irrelevant. Yes he just earned an Emmy nomination but he wants to be in the Clooney position of being beloved, in-demand, and respected with reverence and the people have moved on after American Beauty–which really was his last decent theatrical effort. I just watched The Life Of David Gale this weekend to see if it’s really as bad as its reputation. The movie pissed me off the same way another Spacey bomb did–Pay It Forward.July 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm #292466
It just seems like he’s another in the now long list of good film actors migrating to television because that is where the higher quality writing is right now.
I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman, so I’ll be sure to at least give it a shot. Hopefully it will be good.July 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm #292467
Whoa! I didn’t expect that! Hoffman is one of my favorite actors and i haven’t seen him do much comedy but im sure hes great! Hopefully he will still be making films during his run on the show.July 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm #292468
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
- Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show)
- Philip Seymour Hoffman (Trending Down)
- Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones)
- Chris O’Down (Family Tree)
- Louis CK (Louie)
- Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)