Happy Town: Who Is the “Magic Man?” Viewers Will Still Get Answers!

Happy TownWhen ABC put Happy Town on hiatus in May, many assumed that it had been cancelled and wouldn’t be returning. The ratings were pretty terrible and ABC has since canceled the mystery series. However, the network had always planned to bring it back after a three week break. Now that it’s back, will we get some answers or be left hanging?

Happy Town follows the residents of a small town in Minnesota who are terrorized by a killing spree from the mysterious “Magic Man.” The cast includes Sam Neill, M.C. Gainey, Geoff Stults, Lauren German, Amy Acker, Steven Weber, Ben Schnetzer, Sarah Gadon, Jay Paulson, and Robert Wisdom.

Because viewers have been burned so many times over the years (FlashForward anyone?), people are understandably very reluctant to get hooked on a new series that has lots of ongoing mysteries. Happy Town won’t be back for season two but loyal viewers thankfully won’t be left totally in the dark.

The cast and creators addressed viewer concerns in several early interviews and said that there will be some closure by the end of the season. The identity of the mysterious “Magic Man” will be revealed to the audience in episode eight but that doesn’t mean that Tommy Conroy (Stults) and some of the other characters will necessarily find out.

Executive producer Josh Appelbaum told IF that many people on set really got into the mystery. He said, “The crew had this betting pool as to who the “Magic Man” was. The first two episodes are what they are, but the third and fourth episodes, they started getting obsessed with it. The great thing was, of the hundred and fifty crew members, three people got it right, which was perfect…. So it’s an answer that’s there if you’re thinking about it and you’re playing along smartly, but I think it’ll blow most people’s minds.”

Stults echoed those feelings and said, “I’ve never been on a show before where people, even crew members, gave a s***. Every week, more of the crew people were asking for scripts so they could read them. I’m telling you, between every take, people were gathered around the monitor constantly talking about, ‘Well I have this idea’ and ‘I have that idea.’ It took on a life of its own, so much so that there was an office pool going to see who could figure out who the “Magic Man” was.”

TV show supportHe continued, “Everybody had to sign a confidentiality thing and there was this whole idea that we going to not tell the crew and just shoot with a skeleton crew and not let anybody know, but the crew got so up in arms, because they really got invested and they really felt like they were a part of this and they wanted to know as well. They were pissed that they weren’t going to get told. So we decided, Josh and Scott and Andre and I, we decided, ‘We’ve gotta tell these guys. They’re a part of it.’ They wanted to know, so we had a whole presentation and it was great. There were actually a few people who had guessed it and I was really surprised.”

Stults told TV Guide, “[The audience] will be surprised. And, not only that but, once the audience finds out, they’ll be like ‘Ohh, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that’ or ‘Oh, I can’t believe I didn’t see that.’ Because there are clues. And the same thing happened to me, once I found out, I was like, ‘You idiot! How could you not see that? I was there everyday, right in front of me!’ so it was pretty earth-shattering in that way.”

Had the series been renewed for a second season, Stults has said that the “Magic Man” reveal would have really shaken things up and Happy Town would have gone in a new direction.

What do you think? Will you still watch even though the show’s been cancelled? Any guesses on the identity of the “Magic Man?”

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  1. sam says

    Just watched happy town on now tv, why show it again when it’s been cancelled!!! been left pissed off because the last episode didn’t leave any closure, what a bunch of dicks ABC is I won’t be watching another series on ABC again, wankers you should show the second series

  2. Mr Cisero says

    It does tell you at the end. The bar owner (Cisero’s bar) and Tom’s daddy helped but didn’t know they’d been kept alive yo.

  3. deborah scarborough says


    just watched the final episode and just found out no series 2…OMG HOW CAN THEY DO THAT!

  4. says

    Bring back Happy Town!!! I have just finished watching it on Amazon and I am now left with no answers!!! the cast were amazing… perhaps it was never properly promoted because if it had been I would of tuned in back then.

  5. Dee says

    Edited version:

    I watched Happy Town not realizing it got cancelled too and am really upset it got canned because it was a really good show! I got really pulled in and was surprised there was no episode 9. ABC could’ve at least added a few bonus episodes to conclude the mystery?

    I’ve been left hanging by too many ABC series now that I don’t think I’ll be watching anymore of their shows. Really annoying!


  6. matthew baize says

    the pulling of this show IS the main reason why i dont watch this network anymore. i was so hooked and pulled in by this bait and switch POS network. They did the worst advertizing job in television history. I had on so many occations when i told friends about the last episode and got a “whats happytown?” responce. CBS cares. please let them revive it

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