Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin is set to guest star in Showtime comedy pilot Happyish. She’ll play Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project. The role was played by Parker Posey in the original pilot that was picked up to series shortly before star Philip Seymour Hoffman’s shocking death.
Happyish, described as a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, centers on Thom Payne (Coogan) – a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives. Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford co-star.
Barkin, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, has had starring roles in numerous feature films, including Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, This Boy’s Life, Sea Of Love, Brooklyn’s Finest, She Hate Me, Women Had Wings, Someone Like You…, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Switch, The Big Easy and Ocean’s Thirteen. Her TV credits include The New Normal and Modern Family. Barkin received a Tony Award for The Normal Heart on Broadway and an Emmy for Before Women Had Wings (1997).