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News Briefs: USA Doesn't Want Happy Endings

UNHAPPY HAPPY ENDINGS NEWS

... When ABC opted not to renew Happy Endings we all thought, "Nothing to worry about, it's hilarious, someone will pick it up." That someone was supposed to be USA Network. Now they've decided they aren't picking it up, and the future of Happy Endings just got murkier. Sigh. Your move Netflix/Hulu/TNT/TBS/Public Access. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Starz has ordered the latest project from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore to series. Outlander, based on a book series by Diana Gabaldon, follows a WWII-era nurse who gets zapped back to 1743, where she's caught in a war between Scottish clans and ends up marrying a handsome young warrior. [Blastr]

... DVD commentaries for television shows range from insightful to snoozy; some participants are great, while others are barely able to feign interest. But here's an idea for one that sounds incredible: Community creator Dan Harmon weighing in on the show's fourth season for the DVD set. You know, the season that happened while he wasn't around, after he was fired at the end of Season 3 (this weekend, Harmon tweeted that he was returning to the series for Season 5). Harmon told the crowd at LA's Cinefamily that Sony TV came to him with the idea, and reconfirmed that he has still not seen a second of Season 4. Of course, while it seems fun for the rest of us, I wouldn't want to be Season 4 showrunners Moses Port or David Guarascio if it happens. [THR]

... Oxygen has renewed the tattoo reality show Best Ink for a third season, and also ordered two more skin-art shows. Tattoos After Dark follows the happenings during night shifts at a pair of parlors; Break Up Tattoos brings exes together to talk about their ill-fated commitment tattoos, then lets the former lovers fix 'em up.  Wasn't this network aimed at women at one point? Now it's just tattoo fanatics? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bravo has announced a premiere date for Eat, Drink, Love, and since neither of us know what that is, let's find out together. The show is "a docu-series about five single ladies clawing their way to the top of the male-dominated Los Angeles food scene." Great. August 11 at 9pm. [NBCU via press release]

... History Channel is debuting a series called God, Guns, & Automobiles on July 8. The reality show isn't as exciting as its title makes it sound and follows two Missouri auto dealers as they try to sell cars out of their Max Motors dealership. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS


... Dominic West (The Wire's McNulty!) will star in Showtime's relationship drama pilot The Affair. As you can tell by the title, it goes O.P.P. pretty quickly. West will play a nice, content husband who strays from his vows when he meets a woman he believes is his soulmate. The series will follow two marriages that get ruined by the affair and approach the fallout from both the male and female perspective. [Showtime via press release]

... Girls has added Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire's Bugsy Siegel, The Walking Dead's Randall) to its cast. The HBO series isn't saying who Siegel will play, but it's rumored that he'll help replace Christopher Abbott (Charlie), who left the show abruptly between seasons. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Alyssa Milano (ABC's Mistresses, which premieres tonight!) has been named the new host of Project Runway: All Stars, which will air its third season in the fall. Mistresses AND Project Runway: All Stars? The Milano Comeback Train is full steam ahead! [THR]

... IFC's parody miniseries The Spoils of Babylon is putting together quite the cast. The comedy, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Funny Or Die, will mimic the style of the epic miniseries of the '80s and '90s and will feature Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey McGuire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins, and Kristen Wiig. Six 30-minute episodes are being made for early 2014. [IFC via press release]

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Ok so I'm a little late finding this article and the news on Happy Endings future (actually read it a couple days ago but needed some time) but I'm glad I got a couple extra weeks of "it will be saved bliss" because I am insanely upset about this! IT IS BULLSHIT! I really really wanted to see more of these characters, they were so funny; I don't get what it takes for shows anymore... anyone who had a part in this decision (or NON-decision) sucks.
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TBS we come to the rescue. They like other peoples ..... (oops) leftovers
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I don't get how no one wants Happy Endings. I never loved it, but it was always decent in a Scrubs sort of way. The show must've cuckolded one of the exec's sons or daughters, and they got put on a list or something. Only possible way The Middle could've outlived it.
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...so much for my happy ending.
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I can't figure out how Happy Endings isn't more popular. It's one of the better written comedies on TV and has a great cast. I don't want it to go away.
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Dan Harmon doing the S4 commentary seems like a big public relations risk. If he could pull off snarky and funny it would be awesome. But it would be really easy to step over the line into bitter/offensive asshole.
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Wow. The Spoils of Babylon does have quite the all star cast. Wait a minute... Haley Joel Osment? He's pretty much a has been. For at least ten years now.
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This makes sense considering USA already has so many successful half hour sitcoms, so I can understand why they wouldn't want to pick up something to jump start their comedy block which is already successful. Wait a minute...
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I feel Happy Endings would fit much better in the TBS schedule. USA hasn't had a comedy on it's schedule since 2002 or so it seemed odd to me for them to add it. This show needs saving and I hope the creators and producers peddle it to TBS........ASAP!
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you don't consider psych a comedy? it's pretty similar to happy endings in it's quirky style and characters. happy endings being more of a pure comedy but i can definitely see some common ground there.
especially "jules" (maggie lawson's character) would fit right in, i could see her being good friends with alex.
that would be an awesome combo for the channel. happy endings followed by psych.
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Never have watched Psych. So I have no way to say it's similar to H.E.
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Psych isn't a sitcom. It's mostly a drama/mystery with humor added in. Like Twin Peaks. Like Monk. And it's normally grouped with other drama/mysteries. USA is trying to start a block of more traditional half hour sitcoms.
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i'd say it's way more comedy than drama, a comedy/crime investigation with drama added in.
it's similar to happy endings in it's lighthearted quirkyness/adorkableness and likeable characters within that context and the tone/styling in which that creates, not in it's format.
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I agree with you. I thought right away that Happy Endings could've paired well with Psych. Yeah it has the format of a drama, being and hour and a "cop show" and it had its dramatic moments but it was defintely light-hearted and mostly silly funny. I only worried that Psych was going into it's last season so where would Happy Endings fit then?, but whatever that's all moot now. : /
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But it's the format that decides why it goes in the same category as Monk, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, etc.
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but of course it goes without saying i'd like it to be picked up anywhere as long as it kept the same creative team it had.
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I think it belongs on TBS with Cougar Town.
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Fox really are a holes, fire Dan Harmon, get new guys in decide they were crap and get Harmon in on a commentary and have him back. They keep up their long unbroken streak of being dicks. And fairplay that line about gay people and crying that is one of the dumbest lines I've ever heard!!! Not just stupid but offensive to gay people, good job.
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community airs on NBC. and i don't think nbc fired him it was sony (someone correct me if i'm wrong here) the studio that procudes the show (nbc airs it , it doesn't make the show)
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Whaaaaat? How come nobody wants the best comedy show that is on tv right now? (well, not right NOW, but you know what I mean).
What the hell, Heappy endings have to come back!
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Happy Endings is the best comedy on TV. Absolutely brilliant! Someone needs to save this show!!!!! Please!!!!
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ABC renewed The Neighbors and cancelled HE'S?Here we come TBS
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Some of us know Eat, Drink, Love the book (which is nice enough).... Not sure how it'd fare as a tvshow though.
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Happy Endings is the best comedy on TV. Even though I'm not gay, I feel like crying from the idea of not seeing my show anymore. Laughter is gone. Bring Back HAPPY ENDINGS... Please Help Us All.
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so gay people cry a lot, huh? as a gay woman I have to tell you, that's some pretty dumb shit crazy nonsense ideas about gay people in your brain... go out, meet some and let them change your mind, you'll be a better person for it for sure.
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Damnit, that's disappointing to hear about Happy Endings. I can't say I'm remotely surprised though, USA has no experience airing original sitcoms and this would have been a challenging place to start, what with all the contracts required for an ensemble show. As much as I'd like to see Happy Endings get picked up by someone else, it's looking pretty bad now.

Ron Moore has created reverse-Highlander?

Dan Harmon commenting on season 4 would be amazing, I would buy that set just for that.
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Happy Endings to PBS would be acceptable to me at this point. And although I think it might be funny for Harmon to do commentary for season 4, that would mean that season 4 did indeed happen and my brain will not let that information process. Does not compute...
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Someone better pick up Happy Endings!!! And yeay Alyssa Milano :D
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Curse you USA!! Why the hell did they even come out and say "hey we might pick it up". Just to get everbodys hopes up. ASSHOLES!!! It's just crazy to think that good shows that critics enjoy get cancelled cause. People watch it, just not the standard the networks want. Hell NBC should just shut down it's entire network for there ratings.
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C'mon, I can't be the only one who thinks Happy Endings got really crappy towards the end? Right? The third season was awful and the characters were just caricatures of their previous selves. It was rightfully killed off.
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I wouldn't say all of Season 3 was bad, but for me personally, about the time it moved to Friday's while the episodes were still good, they weren't great... But that may be because Happy Endings tended to make some very ridiculous plots sometimes and I prefer I more nuanced comedy (although still a great show all round).
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Happy Endings ALL seasons were GREAT.
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no way, it was steadily getting better! the characters were coming into their own and things were flowing well. the only complaint i had was that nick zano was underused in his role, he's underrated imo. (would've made an awesome dave).
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Sorry, season three was fantastic. Some of my favourite episodes came from that season (the Car Czar, Christmas Birthday, Jane and Alex's parents' anniversary). I don't think Jane was ever funnier.
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Ok, does everything have to be labeled a "Reality" show, when in fact that is a misnomer if nothing else. None of them are reality shows!!!!
Next, put a laugh track or sigh track behind a reality show, now that would be interesting!!!!
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I hope Netflix, Hulu or TBS will pick Happy Endings!
It's ah-mah-zing!
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ugh come on... can we please crowdfund a quality entertainment network for all the excellent shows that don't make any money because most people are dumb idiots?
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I dont see the appeal of Happy Endings. The premise was good, but I just couldnt get into the show. So this news is all a big bag of meh for me.
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i guess it comes down to if you feel a connection with the characters or not, i fell in love right away with a few tof them [especially alex] and it made me happy to follow along, i wasn't feeling the max and dave characters right away (not nearly as much as the others) but i grew to like them alot by the end. there's not alot of shows that make me happy and smile the way this one did, and while not consistently laugh out loud funny it had that quirky, adorkable, charming, heartwarming funny to it (that similarly something like psych has as well) that was hard not to fall in love with.
i'll rewatch the 3 seasons over and over again throughout my years and i'm sure i won't ever get tired of them.
it goes and remains unwavering on my favorites of all time list.
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Well thanks for sharing how meh you are. I can understand venting that you don't like a show or you do like a show but now we feel compelled to make sure people know we're indifferent to shows?
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Im not indifferent to the show, I didnt like it, so I was saying I am actually OK with it not being moved to another network. The "meh" comment was in relation to the rest of the news on the article.
I noticed someone below me commented in a similarly disinterested way, so I hope you left him a self righteous butt hurt comment too, otherwise I may start feeling like I'm something special...
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ok, I explain my comment: you said you didn't like the show. so, if you were special = your opinion of the show being the minority = the majority loving & watching the show, it would still be there. instead of cancelled. get it now? it wasn't about you at all. it was clever humour. you know, the kind that gets cancelled because most people don't get it.
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if you were special we'd still have happy endings, sadly you're not.
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Actually no, because I dont live in the States, so it would still be cancelled regardless of whether I watched it or not.
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The title of this article ruined my entire day.
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Happy Endings was pretty good--my wife doesn't like it, but hey, she hates everything--but I think, "the funniest comedy on television" is pushing it a bit. Actually, I thought The Bee in 23 was better, but what do I know? Some things just cannot be saved. It's like that old Star Kist tuna commercial, "The networks don't want viewers with good taste. They want viewers that taste good." Ain't it the truth...
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I agree. I feel the same about this news article.
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Happy Endings is a perfect pair for Cougar Town, which ABC ALSO fumbled.
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No fumble! America chooses what it wants to watch whether they know it or not. The networks always get the blame, but nobody ever knows for sure if a show will make it. It's an honest to god crapshoot and you can't judge cancellations by quality. Otherwise, picking the dead pool would be a snap...
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in what twisted, pathetic, cruel, soulless hell dimension is happy endings not successful enough to be on the air for 10 years at least.
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I could give you a hundred reasons and they're all the names of other great shows that didn't make the cut. Quality, or lack thereof, is only a small portion of the equation. The networks have resurrected shows before and they still failed. It's their money and they still have most of it--even NBC...
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listening to Harmon's commentary while watching the S4 episodes of the first time would either be hilarious (with him making fun of it) or cause you to go deaf from him screaming at the tv screen
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but really it would be interesting to hear his opinions on what happened to the show while he was away
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I've really gotten into Happy Endings so I'm devastated that the show has not been picked up. I really love the characters and the actors are awesome in this show!!!
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McNulty is baaaaaaaack!!!
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That really sucks about Happy Endings. That is one show I can watch over and over and over and still enjoy it. I hope tbs picks it up and puts it with cougar town.
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Outlander is a great book series, lets hope they do it justice
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That commentary would be awesome...
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Happy Endings cancelled after 3 seasons.
Arrested Development (originally) cancelled after 3 seasons.
Party Down cancelled after 2 seasons.
Kardashians EIGHT seasons and counting.
Two and a Half Men TEN seasons and counting.
I will now sprint into oncoming traffic.
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we should all bring copies of happy endings on dvd with us into said traffic. Then when we get hit it will make the news and people will finally know about it.
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Can I join you?
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spot on! it's truly mind blowing... i try to like people and then stuff like this.. can i join you?
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Sometimes I wish I could colonize the moon just to get away from a planet that allows stuff like this.
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USA has their own shows to worry about, they don't need other networks' throwaways.

Although I'm pretty sure they still own the TV rights to all 4 episodes of Ned & Stacy.
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I knew this was going to happen. No one seemed to be at all concerned with Happy Endings imminent cancellation because they decided to assume that USA would save it. Since when have television networks, and the industry in general, ever been that predictable? I'm more angry at fans for not fighting to save it now more than USA.
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NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOO
(not listening)
(rewatching Happy Endings)
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Damn that sucks. Well, lets hope some one else picks it up.
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I actually really like the idea of Dan Harmon doing the commentary on the season 4 DVDs. That would be one of the only things that could get me to buy the DVDs. That, and MAYBE if Dan Harmon didn't make season 4 a dream season (or something along those lines), though I don't know if I'd be willing to subject myself to those episodes for that reason alone.
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"Abed, I had the strangest dream....wait, what are you doing in my shower?"
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That photo of Dominic West just helps cement the fact that he should be the 12th Doctor. Be honest, he looks like the Doctor right there, and you all know it!
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bleh! USA is such a tease. could've saved one of the funniest comedies on TV and became my favorite network just solely because of it.. but noooo! I think they should try TBS, it could pair up with the other cancelled-by-ABC comedy Cougar Town.. Sony's looking to get Netflix or Amazon to pick it up.. I'd rather it go to Netflix than Amazon, but still think TBS is a good home.
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I like Happy Endings, but I don't know why. Oh, wait, it's because Elisha Cuthbert. All of the other characters/actors are terrible except in very small doses. If I hear anybody say aMARzing ever again it will be too soon.
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Actually, it was aMAHzing. Just sayin'.
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Whether or not their characters are terrible is subjective, but the actors are nowhere near terrible, and to say Elisha Cuthbert is the best part is a joke. Damon Wayans Jr and Eliza Coupe as Brad and Jane are fantastic and frankly were my favorite part of the show.
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He may not be talking about her acting ;0). I only watched two or four episodes and liked that she was more laid back, relaxed, toned down than the others who I thought were like too many class clowns trying to out-funny each other, which is why I stopped watching.
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She or he said characters/actors...
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Yes. I could have said that some of the characters annoy me, and some of the acting is pretty poor. Elisha Cuthbert actually does a fairly poor job sometimes, but I like her character, for example.
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DAMN YOU USA NETWORK!!!!
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Sad that the passing of Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in All in the Family, can't even get a passing mention in this column.
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She died? Aww man :(
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Starz's version of Outlander sounds interesting.
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As much as I love Psych (and Suits and others) the USA Network can suck it.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXew6spm0SI
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