Happy Endings may get a happy ending, after all.
The cult-hit comedy, currently in its third season at ABC, might wind up at USA Network if the Alphabet Net chooses not to pick it up for Season 4.
Sony TV, which produces Endings, has approached a few networks about continuing the crew’s shenanigans; Deadline reports that USA Network has expressed interest.
The news is a welcome surprise for fans of the quirky ensemble series, which was exiled to Fridays — often a harbinger of cancellation — last month. Its first Friday broadcast drew 3 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating with the 18-49 demo (and its second that evening fared worse), falling below its average Tuesday-night numbers.
Happy news it’s not: ABC is exiling Happy Endings from Tuesdays to Fridays beginning in March, the network announced very late Wednesday.
ABC’s revised Tuesday schedule (which bows on Feb. 26) will consist of Celebrity Wife Swap at 8/7c leading into The Taste at 9/8c.
Happy Endings, which aired its final Tuesday episode last week, makes its Friday debut on March 29, airing back-to-back original episodes from 8-9 pm. (The current Friday-night comedy block of Last Man Standing and Malibu County will have finished their seasons prior to the Happy takeover.)
On the bright side for Happy Endings fans, at least ABC is allowing the ratings-challenged comedy to finish out its season. The same can’t be said for the show’s former Tuesday companion, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23.
ABC has cut short its attempt to double up on originals of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 before the Tuesday sitcoms make an early exit from the schedule in March.
The network said Tuesday that Sunday’s planned episodes of Happy Endings and Apt. 23, intended to air at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, will be replaced by an encore of Shark Tank.
Both shows have had modest showings in their regular Tuesday time slots. On Sundays, both slipped to series low and this past week didn’t even reach a 1.0 rating among adults 18-to-49. Both will continue to air on Tuesdays at 9 and 9:30 p.m. until the Dancing With the Stars results show moves into the hour later this season.
“We love those two shows,” ABC Network Groups president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour just last week. “They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water-cooler shows.”
Although Lee would not comment on the future prospects of either series, he did note that the Sunday specials were intended to give audiences more of a chance to see the series.
“Jane’s ex is a pleasant surprise at first. Then I don’t like it. Then I love it. But then I hate it. At the end of the day, I’m like, damn.”
That is how Damon Wayans Jr. says his Happy Endingscharacter reacts to Jane’s (Eliza Coupe) ex coming to town. If you’re wondering why he has such mixed feelings, it’s because Jane’s ex from college is — wait for it — a woman! Briga Heelan — best known for playing Grayson’s baby mama Holly on Cougar Town — will play Ryan, the ex who comes to town in Episode 10, aptly titled “The Ex-Factor,” TVGuide.com has learned.
In the episode, viewers will finally get a taste of the Jane who tested the lady waters in college. “We have established that she dabbled, but Brad didn’t know that it’s going to be a girl, so that is the surprise,” Happy Endings creator David Caspe told TVGuide.com at Tuesday’s Paley Center event celebrating the upcoming premiere of the ABC comedy.
Ryan’s arrival will cause quite a bit of drama for the couple, especially since Brad went into the impending meeting with hatred in his heart. “Brad is upset,” Coupe says. “Hates my ex, sight unseen. That’s actually a line. But my ex has all the same body parts as me. Jane had some college fun times.”
Coupe teased some of those fun times. “We don’t ever make out,” she says, “We just get in wet tank tops together. Who doesn’t love that?”
Happy Endings returns Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9/8c on ABC.