There was at least a little positive news to come out of ABC after a flurry of cancellations. The network has renewed newbie sitcom Happy Endings for a second season.
Happy Endings follows a young group of friends whose relationship is put in jeopardy after the couple that brought them together break up at the altar. Fortunately, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) remain friends but there’s plenty of awkwardness ahead for them and their friends; Max (Adam Pally), Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Jane (Eliza Coupe), and Penny (Casey Wilson).
The sitcom debuted very late in the season, usually an indication that the network execs have little faith in a project. Happy Endings premiered at 10pm on April 13th to a decent 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.3 million viewers. The second episode, airing at 10:30pm, dropped to a 2.3 rating and 5.7 million.
Viewers aren’t used to seeing sitcoms at that hour and ABC likely needed something to fill the hour. After all, all but one of ABC’s new dramas failed this season so they had few choices.
Subsequent episodes of Happy Endings have fallen to some serious lows, hitting a 1.4 demo rating and 3.26 million viewers. Ordinarily, that would be an easy cancellation. However, ABC execs are said to really like the series and likely feel that it didn’t get a fair shot.
Each season, the network gives one or two struggling shows a second chance and that appears to be what has saved Happy Endings. There’s also word that ABC’s considering a second night of comedies so, if that happens, they’ll need shows to fill those slots.
Of the renewal, Happy Endings creator David Caspe told Zap2it that he was very grateful for the renewal since, “I’m very aware that it does not usually go this way.” He noted that they don’t know the details yet, saying, “We don’t know when or how many or anything… but at this point I’m just so happy to get the opportunity to keep going.”
What do you think? Are you glad that Happy Endings will be back for season two? Do you think it just needs time to catch on?
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