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November 14, 2014 at 06:30 PM EST

Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of Showtime’s Happyish pilot, EW has learned.

The comedy follows Thom Payne’s (Steve Coogan) pursuit of happiness in the midst of dealing with a world he doesn’t understand, a pursuit that might just be the thing causing his unhappiness in the first place.

The Emmy-winning West Wing alum will play Jonathan Cooke, Payne’s boss and an advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness. Rhys Ifans previously played the role in the original pilot.

Whitford’s casting comes on the heels of the news that Kathryn Hahn, who had appeared in the original pilot alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, would reprise her role as Thom’s wife, Lee Payne.

Happyish hails from Shalom Auslander, Alexandra Beattie, and director Ken Kwapis. The pilot is slated to be shot next month in New York.

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