When Happy Endings was officially cancelled by ABC, the show’s small but avid fanbase went through a rollercoaster of emotions. There was hope that the show might move forward on another network, but once those hopes were quashed, it was time for the cast to shop around for new projects. We’re pleased as punch to let you know that Eliza Coupe will be returning to television as a lead in a brand new comedy picked up by USA Network. It’s called Benched, and it sounds like the perfect project for the actress.
ABC’s Happy Endings may be over, but lead Damon Wayans, Jr. has already signed on to a new project. After a few days of rumors, the actor is officially joining Fox’s New Girl to reprise a role that he initially played in the pilot. Just a few days ago, the man was in talks with the series to reprise the role, but now it seems that Wayans Jr.’s return will definitely happen this fall.
The hopes and rumors are almost true! Damon Wayans Jr. is reportedly very close to a deal to return to New Girl for a major arc in the series' upcoming third season. It's hard to imagine what New Girl would have been like, had Happy Endings been cancelled after its first season and Damon Wayans Jr. stuck around for the Fox series beyond the pilot. We'll never know, but it's safe to say that things worked out for New Girl regardless.
In this day and age, cancellation for a TV series might not mean "gone forever." In some cases a series will get dropped by a network but picked up over at cable. See Cougar Town and Southland for examples of that. And on occasion, a series will get cancelled and then un-cancelled by its own network. Drop Dead Diva is a recent example of that occurring.
Amidst a flurry of series orders and renewals, we're also hearing bad news for some series. For CBS, the ax has fallen on CSI: NY, Golden Boy and Vegas. For NBC, The New Normal joins Go On among the freshman comedies cancelled. And for ABC, Happy Endings has been axed, though there may be some hope for that one as there's talk of USA possibly rescuing the friends-centered comedy.
ABC had a good Friday this week. Between back-to-back episodes of Happy Endings and new episodes of Shark Tank and 20/20, the network capably dominated the ratings during primetime. This is especially good news for Happy Endings, which was down in the ratings during its initial move to Friday nights last week.
With Happy Endings now airing on Fridays, you might need a bit of a reminder to tune in. So why not check out this exclusive clip from tonight's episode, in which Max gets advice from Dave to find a new hairdresser, and winds up with… well, The Dave
The move to Tuesday nights definitely didn't help Happy Endings in the ratings. Then again, for an ABC series, a move away from the choice post-Modern Family spot would probably always be a bad thing, given the high ratings of the family-focused comedy. For Happy Endings that move caused the show's numbers to suffer, and the shift to Fridays only made the matter worse. While Happy Endings hasn't been officially cancelled, those of us who appreciate the friends-centered comedy are bracing ourselves for the worst. But there may be hope on the horizon.
A Friday schedule can be difficult to break into because there are plenty of veteran series running on the same night, including the likes of Shark Tank and Blue Bloods, and since people are often watching less TV, they choose the shows they know, first. For Happy Endings both of these issues and more were a huge problem in the show’s first foray into Friday’s schedule, and the numbers aren’t spelling good things for the series.
The clip above is mostly a normal preview, honing in on the super strange characters that make Happy Endings a watchable and even enjoyable comedy. However, the angle that ABC is taking in the clip is extremely bizarre and it seems highly likely to backfire. Next week’s Happy Endings preview is asking fans to save the show.
ABC’s Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 has basically been cancelled by the network, as well as pulled from the Tuesday night lineup until further notice. The slow but steady death of the series has been a long time coming due to underwhelming ratings, but it’s a little surprising ABC is pulling the remaining episodes of the series, rather than letting them play out.
Remember that plan ABC had to air two episodes of Happy Endings and Don't Trust The B---- In Apt 23 a week throughout January? The half-hour comedies were set to air new episodes on Sundays, filling the gap left by 666 Park Avenue, and then air new episodes again during their usual time slot on Tuesday nights. After giving it a shot with poor ratings results, it looks like ABC's scrapping that plan.
Those looking for the next new episode of what's left of 666 Park Avenue early next month might be surprised to find two back-to-back comedies in place of the supernatural drama that usually airs after Revenge. ABC's plan was to air what was left of the produced episodes of 666 Park Avenue, after which the series would not be returning with future episodes, however it looks like the drama will be pulled from the schedule until the summer.
Abby Elliott is headed to Happy Endings for a special guest starring role. She’ll play Katie, a woman with a love for sports and a pretty hot set of Chicago Bulls tickets, which will put the ABC comedy’s resident gay character and sports lover, Max, in a bit of conundrum. It looks like Max might find it in his heart to romance a female if that deal comes with some sweet basketball tickets.
RuPaul is mostly notable for hosting the hit shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U. However, the popular celebrity personality has also delved into modeling, singing, and most predominantly, acting. His most recent guest spot will have him jumping into a plotline with the close-knit Happy Endings crew for a Season 3 episode.