Showtime is Trending Down

US premium cable network Showtime has ordered a new pilot that will star and be executive produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman.



Trending Down, which will also star Kathryn Hahn, focuses on a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over.

Created, written and executive produced by Shalom Auslander, Trending Down was developed by Ken Kwapis, who will executive produce, and Alexandra Beattie, who is co-executive producer, under their In Cahoots label. John Cameron Mitchell will direct the pilot.

Hoffman and his producing partner Emily Ziff are attached through their Cooper’s Town Productions company.

Filming will begin on the east coast this autumn.

Trending Down is the third pilot recently picked up by Showtime, following orders for The Vatican and The Affair.

Ruth Wilson has now joined the cast of The Affair and will star opposite Dominic West in an exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them.

Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi wrote the original script and executive produce alongside director Mark Mylod.

Showtime has also given a series order to Penny Dreadful (8×60′), which will star Josh Hartnett and Eva Green in a psychological thriller about a charming American who finds himself trapped in Victorian London.

Penny Dreadful comes from Desert Wolf Productions and Neal Street Productions. Creator and writer John Logan executive produces with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris.

Filming will begin this fall for a 2014 premiere.

Furthermore, Showtime has announced it has penned a two-year overall deal with Scott Buck, the showrunner and executive producer of serial killer drama Dexter, which is coming to an end after eight seasons.



Among Buck’s current projects is the adaptation of Matthew Specktor’s novel American Dream Machine, which Dexter star Michael C Hall will executive produce.

Source: Showtime / Futon Critic