News Briefs: USA Might Save Happy Endings If ABC Cancels It

By Tim Surette

Apr 04, 2013


... USA! USA! USA! Never been more proud to be 'Merican than now! Because in the event that ABC decides to cancel the very funny comedy Happy Endings, USA Network might be eyeing a rescue boat for the series. While USA isn't known for its comedies, bringing on a critics' favorite might be exactly what the network needs to jumpstart its foray into laughers. USAh-mah-zing! [Deadline Hollywood]


... Cinemax has ordered a pilot for Quarry, a 1970s-set drama about a Vietnam War marksman who returns home and starts working as a contract killer after life back home gives him the finger. It's loosely based on the books by Max Allen Collins. [TV Line]

... NickMom has picked up its first original series, ordering 13 episodes of Instant Mom. The comedy stars Tia Mowry as a young party girl who marries an older man with three kids, turning her into an—WAIT FOR IT—Instant Mom!!!! In case you're wondering, NickMom is a block of primetime programming that takes over Nick Jr. after the kids have gone to bed and the moms can't find the remote control because the kids ate it. [Nickelodeon via press release]

... Syfy is expanding its reality efforts with the new series Exit, based on the Japanese program Dero!. It's a reality series where teams compete to escape a series of rooms filled with puzzles and obstacles. Exit will debut June 4 at 10pm. [Syfy via press release]

... TLC has ordered a spin-off of its reality garbage Breaking Amish. Called Breaking Amish: Brave New World, the show will actually be the second season of the show about the Amish kids from Season 1 entering the real world again, but with a new show title. Meanwhile, the "real" second season of Breaking Amish will feature a new cast of Amish kids experiencing life off the farm for the first time. Confused? You should be. Screw you, TLC. [TLC via press release]

... USA has announced premiere dates for its summer shows. I'm only going to say this once, so pay attention:

June 6 – Burn Notice, the series debut of Graceland

June 12 – Royal Pains, Necessary Roughness

July 16 – Covert Affairs, Suits

July (TBD) – Summer Camp

... Nerds, it's time to rise up and stop the exploitation of your geekdom by television execs looking to cash in on your earnest fandom. AMC has ordered Geek Out, a reality show that gives fans a unique experience based on whatever they obsess over, be it comic books, video games, movies, or hopefully even My Little Pony. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Saturday Night Live's Nasim Pedrad has joined the cast of NBC's ensemble comedy pilot from standup John Mulaney. She'll play a school teacher. If the comedy goes to series, she'll leave SNL, so I bet she's crossing her fingers pretty hard right now. [EW]

... Sam Shepard (The Notebook, The Right Stuff) will replace Chris Cooper in Discovery's scripted series Klondike. The drama is about some guys who go gold-digging in some very cold places in 1890s Canada. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Walking Dead has promoted Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), and Emily Kinney (Beth, sweet, sweet Beth) to series regulars for Season 4, which means Beth might be able to release a whole album of fireside songs next year. [TV Line]

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  • Muderboy Jul 21, 2013

    Apr 04, 2013--didn't happen...

  • KiMarie Apr 18, 2013

    Why am I only reading this now?! That's awesome USA, I hope it's true. Seems more like a TBS show to me but I'm not complaining.

  • Fallon21 Apr 17, 2013

    This show is so good I can't even believe it's on the bubble like this.

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  • MissRight Apr 07, 2013

    Nope, that won't work. Happy Endings has four too many people for a USA show.

  • MarWash Apr 05, 2013

    love my USA originals. Happy Endings seems like something TBS would be into picking up.

  • thechosenonecj Apr 05, 2013

    Maybe they should invest in community too

  • residentevil4 Apr 06, 2013

    Let Community get canceled and forget about it!

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  • residentevil4 Apr 07, 2013

    Are you kidding me??? It's the #1 comedy so stfu, no one watches Community!

  • thechosenonecj Apr 07, 2013

    Not always the biggest indicator of a shows quality to be honest. I don't like it, I do apologise.

  • residentevil4 Apr 06, 2013

    It seems like a copy of The Big Bang Theory but nothing can beat TBBT.

  • thechosenonecj Apr 06, 2013

    Bleurgh, dont get me started on the Big Bang Theory. Only good thing about it is Penny.

  • mrjimmyjames Apr 04, 2013

    Happy Endings should be saved...but by USA? They have no track record of sitcoms in what twelve years?

  • mrjimmyjames Apr 04, 2013

    I hate the idea of Nasim Pedrad leaving SNL. Seems like she just got there; a little quick to jump off for just a sitcom. If she stayed she could potentially be more successful, I think.

  • JT_Kirk Apr 04, 2013

    NickMom, really? Gonna be NickMaid, NickUncle and NickDog too? That's money down the drain, I predict viewership in under 5 digit numbers.

    Siffy is putting on more programming and yet again it's not science fiction, so great. Embarrass yourself further, assholes. Oh wait, you can't, can you. Plus, it's hard to embarrass someone with NO SHAME. Show sounds generic which means it has potential to be slightly interesting so long as there's no twist of "... in the dark!" or "... while wearing monkeys!" And the twist will be "contestants are all network executives, nobody ever finds the exit!"

    Sorry June, but July 16th has you beat! I'm there for all 3. Summer Camp will have to work hard to convince me.

    Geek Out sounds quick-canceled.

    Nasim can pull off a sitcom, I think she's the only actress on SNL right now who could, but she reminds me more of an ABC-style sitcom actor.

  • Akyriel Apr 04, 2013

    NickDog! That actually has potential if you think about it. If Disney can do something like Dog with a Blog and since there exists a library of dog shows and movies, I would not be surprised if someone did this. Even Family Guy could be syndicated on this.

  • JT_Kirk Apr 05, 2013

    But then you'd have feline rights leagues campaigning to get equal airtime for cats, and we all know how difficult it can be to program for them. (I had a cat who in her 17 years only paid attention to the TV when we were playing Duck Hunt on the NES.)

  • Akyriel Apr 05, 2013

    In case you are checking back on this, Hallmark has announced they are doing a Kitty Bowl to compete with Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl next February.

    We've lost...

  • JT_Kirk Apr 06, 2013

    The hairball of injustice shall be hocked up!

  • JT_Kirk Apr 06, 2013

    We have truly lost, Hallmark Channel, not their website. But, unlike the puppy bowl, the kitten bowl will have actual skills and abilities being scored. Unless the skills are "mewling for food and sleeping" I doubt this will go as well as they expect. Equal time for Feline Americans is coming!

  • JT_Kirk Apr 06, 2013

    Damn them to hades. Wait! It's a Kitty Bowl, perhaps they're only going to air it... ONLINE!!! Saved by the internet's insatiable addiction to cat videos! ... oh god, this is a sign that cats are smart enough to use the internet, isn't it?

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