ABC Mixes Up Its Midseason and Sends Happy Endings to Fridays

By Tim Surette

Feb 14, 2013

ABC did some tidying up of its midseason schedule late last night, and in the process continued its inhumane treatment of one of television's best comedies. Sorry, Happy Endings, you done been screwed again.

Beginning March 29, "the critically acclaimed comedy Happy Endings," as ABC referred to it in a press release, will be excommunicated to Friday nights at 8pm, where it will air back-to-back episodes because for some reason ABC can't wait to get this show off the air as fast as possible. This continues ABC's cruel game of "Where's Happy Endings?" which over the course of the show's three seasons has challenged viewers to find the comedy as it's been bounced around the network's schedule. With this new move, Happy Endings will have spent time on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

And what is forcing ABC to give Happy Endings the Friday treatment? The incredibly important social experiment Celebrity Wife Swap! Semi-famous spouses will be traded on Tuesday nights at 8pm starting February 26, pushing back the awful cooking competition The Taste by an hour into Happy Endings' old spot.

So not only is Happy Endings getting moved to Fridays, it will take an unceremonious month-long break before it gets there (while waiting for the current tenants of ABC's Fridays-from-8pm-to-9pm hour, Last Man Standing and Malibu Country, to finish out their current seasons). It's gonna take a miracle for Happy Endings to get renewed for Season 4. I give up.

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  • riley_cooperman Feb 17, 2013

    Love this show. Much funnier than Modern Family.

  • KeithOConnor1 Feb 17, 2013

    I am ready for it to go, it is one of ABC's worst shows along with Suburgatory. Neither are anywhere near funny.

  • jelly_donut_92 Mar 20, 2013

    This is old, but you are so terribly wrong. This is easily ABC's best show.

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  • angeland8 Feb 17, 2013

    Awful news. After Apartment 23 got cancelled the only comedy shows I watch are Happy endings and Community. What is wrong with the people? The same time those god awful new girls etc. are still on. Unbelievable.

  • tamaabi Feb 17, 2013

    I'm sorry... *Celebrity Wife Swap*?!!!!!! what the HECK?! I mean... WHAT?!

  • rye06p Feb 17, 2013

    I hope and pray some Network exec decides to pick up Happy Endings (even though it's rare it happens) especially as it's close to syndication, right? It really is the greatest comedy on TV right now. But like all the recent greats it goes completely under appreciated.

  • saraint Feb 17, 2013

    Have you heard of that website where people invest in business ideas in order to get them launched? They then earn interest on their investment if it is a success. Maybe that should happen with TV programs. That way we could pay to keep the shows we like and it would have nothing to do with fake viewing figures. There would be no timeslotting massacres. You'd watch it when you wanted to and no one could cancel it if you missed an episode.

  • natesjokes Feb 17, 2013

    I could care less which night of the week it shows, as long as I get to watch it. I am disappointed, not only about the month long wait, but the low chances it has of renewal. I would compare this show up next to How I Met Your Mother for a comedy show as being one of the best. Sadly ABC has a tendency to know nothing of quality.

  • mauilife Feb 16, 2013

    why is it great shows get cancelled and horrible shows continue who cares about wife swaps enough already ill follow happy endings where ever they go

  • ilovecinderella Feb 16, 2013

    I just puked in my mouth

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