One wonders if the fate for Showtime’s Happyish would’ve been any different had Phillip Seymour Hoffman not passed away and continued on in the lead role of the series. I somewhat doubt it, because as fine an actor as Hoffman was, Steve Coogan — his replacement — is not a huge step down. The writing and the depressing/bizarre tone of the series doomed it, not to mention the fact that audiences were sick of series about successful middle-aged white men complaining about their lives. I stuck with it for two or three episodes, but not even my love for Kathryn Hahn could keep me on board. It was simply too melancholy, and not nearly funny enough to keep audiences around.
Showtime has shitcanned it.
Meanwhile, FX has also canned Comedians, and good riddance. The Billy Crystal/Josh Gad series was dead in the water when it premiered, and not even the post-Louie slot could save it. I honestly didn’t make it through the first episode. I’m not a huge fan of Billy Crystal, and couldn’t stomach watching him play an asshole version of himself, while Josh Gad seems like a perfectly nice guy, but he’s apparently only capable of playing incredibly obnoxious characters.
Meanwhile, Key & Peele is also ending after its current fifth season. It’s not being cancelled. Rather, Key and Peele have simply decided to end the series so they can pursue other projects, both together and apart. Maybe their relationship simply couldn’t survive the fact that Keegan-Michael Key was nominated for a Best Actor Emmy this season while Jordan Peele was not.
I do hope, however, that this is not a Simon & Garfunkel/Keenan & Kel situation where Key goes on to great success and Peele goes on to “Where are they now?” profiles, though their current IMDB pages suggest just such a possibility. We will at least will get to see Peele in Wet Hot American Summer next weekend.