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Philip Seymour Hoffman to star in Showtime comedy pilot

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

In a truly impressive casting coup, Showtime has landed Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman to star in a comedy pilot.

The Capote and Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor will executive produce and star in Trending Down, playing Thom Payne, a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over. The pilot is described by the network as “a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture, and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.” This marks Hoffman’s first TV series regular gig.

Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation) will play the show’s female lead. Author and This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander created, wrote and will executive produce the pilot. Showtime is expected to announce the castings at its Television Critics Association press tour session next week.