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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 Wednesday night 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.
From what Deadline says, there's a chance the series might see new life over at USA, much in the way ABC's Cougar Town was rescued by TBS. While ABC hasn't made any final decision on the fate of Happy Endings, which is currently on its third season, Deadline says Sony TV, the studio behind the series, has "quietly reached out" to some networks, USA included, to see if they'd be interested in picking up the show if ABC decides not to renew it for Season 4. USA has reportedly expressed interest.
In terms of original programming, USA's better known for their hour-long dramas and dramedies (Burn Notice, Pysch, Royal Pains among their current slate), but apparently the network is toying with the idea of getting into scripted comedies. If that's the case, finding a pre-established series to lure in sitcom fans might be a great way to get the ball rolling as they branch out.
While it's not good news to know that Happy Endings' fate is in jeopardy, that's hardly new-news. What is good news is that it sounds like Sony's working hard to give the show a fighting chance. At the very least, if things don't work out for Happy Endings, it won't be for lack of trying on the studio's part.
You can catch new episodes of the current season of Happy Endings on Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Watch it and show ABC and Sony the show is worth keeping around!