Showtime Orders New Series ‘The Affair’ and ‘Happyish’ [+ Photos]

Showtime is continuing to grow its originals lineup with 10 episode orders for The Affair and Happyish. The one-hour drama The Affair stars Golden Globe® nominees Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy® nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award® nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe), and will explore the effects an affair has on two families. Meanwhile, Happyish is a half-hour comedy starring Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).

“THE AFFAIR is a beautiful pilot. It is an intense exploration of two marriages and the affair that disrupts them – with great acting and a very clever, deeply-observed script by the marvelously talented Sarah Treem,” said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. “Shalom Auslander and Phillip Seymour Hoffman make for a formidable and unusual comedy team. The chance to get one of the truly great actors of our time into a such an incisive and current comedy was totally and completely irresistible.”

The Affair will use a creative framing device wherein the story will switch between the POVs of the male and female characters, using “memory bias” to misdirect the audience. The comedy Happyish will take a more straightforward storytelling approach as it delves into the question of whether pursuing happiness actually makes us unhappy via the perspective of a fortysomething married couple played by Hoffman and Hahn.

Premiere dates for the series have not yet been set.

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