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. Anonymous says

    I just finished The season on Hulu, and I’m so disappointed there isn’t a second season, at this point not even a chance for a comeback. Im so sick of reality shows taking over all the networks. This show had great potential. So many questions left unanswered. I still want to know who the heck Chloe is, who her mom is and why was the sheriff’s wife the magic man!

  2. pat says

    I just watched ‘Happy Town’ on Hulu and thought it was wonderful, until I found out there are only 8 episodes total. I thought more would be coming until I read about it on Wikipedia. Bummer! As the last 5 minutes of episode 8 rolled on, I thought, “Oh, no!” There are way too many loose ends and questions to be answered in just 5 more minutes! And I was right. I need to know…what was the movie “The Blue Door” about? Who or what are the Haplins? And on and on. I don’t get the part re: the sheriff’s wife being the ‘Magic Man’. How do all the other characters fit in? Their agendas, true purpose, etc…
    I’m just stunned that this was pulled so soon and that they at least didn’t try to answer more questions for viewers in Episode 8. They could have been doing that instead of dragging out the showdown between the Stiviletto’s and the Sheriff’s Dept. in episode 8. I feel ripped off, but would certainly become a fan again if they’d only bring it back and keep it going while answering more questions!

  3. Ms. Jaiy says

    WTF I want more. Is there anything we can do. I remember when they tried to cancel the tv show Chuck the viewers did something. I want to know what we can do to save Happy Town. Although I think it’s best suited for the Fall not the summer. People don’t have much time to sit and watch a mystery during the summer, they are out and about. I think they need to put this back on and make it a Fall show. Please Please please!!!

  4. jj says

    I don’t understand why the sheriff’s wife was the magic man,or why she took all the people,or even what she took them 4,or did with them.Are they still alive,the captives? The tv show should post online a synopsis that ties the show up verbally,so people have a piece of mind of what it all meant,and what the clues were.ugh!!!!! Don’t ya’ll think so???

  5. says

    I am very disappointed in abc.I loved the show and don’t understand why all these reality shows stay on and decent shows are cancelled.I will watch because I want to know who the magic man is.Way to mess things up abc!!

    • Susan L says

      My sentiments EXACTLY! EIGHT freaking episodes and it leaves the audience watching the sheriff/husband confront his creepy looking wife in some voodoo looking dive bar?! Peopled with what I presumed were the living dead? WHAAAATT???? That resolved exactly ZERO for me. I’m as lost in the mystery as I was when I started watching the series, and I wasted an ENTIRE day of my life on all eight episodes. If this same thing ( cancellation) happens to HAVEN (on SyFy) I’m going to be seriously pissed off!!!

      • Susan L says

        OH yeah, and I watched it on HULU, so there are bound to be others in the coming weeks and months posting here, as pissed off as myself. I guarantee it!!!!

  6. Royle says

    I have a few ideas about who I think the Magic Man is, however even after watching the finale episode online, I find myself wanting to see more! I love the mysterious characters, the secrets and what’s up the spooky Ms. Haplin? I feel that they left the series wide open for a Season Two, and if any other network were to pick up this show and continue with it, I would be a very devoted fan. ABC is disappointing because of their history of closing down serials that show promise. I told all my friends and family about the show after I watched the first episode and I know I’m not alone with being angry at ABC for cancelling Happy Town. I love having to figure out what is a clue and how does it pertain to the reveal? Reality shows are not for the “thinking” viewers and maybe ABC just wants mindless robots who stare at the boobs and butts waving around. Happy Town made you pay attention to the details, so you could be the first to guess “whodunnit”!

  7. Chris says

    ABC is not the only creature canceling shows prematurely. Its disgusting how many shows I’ve invested my time in, purchased first-season runs, only to have the show just DROPPED. Kyle XY, Heroes, Happy Town… And I don’t think the powers-that-be are taking account of how many viewers watch online, be it from iTunes or their respective sites.

    No wonder ratings slip. I for one won’t be sitting down to watch another canceled show. I’m sure many others will refrain as well.

    These business practices need to stop!

    • says

      I’m in full agreement with Anonymous. Happy Town was worthy, and the decision makers of ABC are truly dumb. Or maybe their plan is to have only crap to lower the iq of the nation. whatever the problem is, you’re not going to find customer loyalty with moves like this.
      Finish the great show please

  8. Tara says

    I was hooked on this show from episode one and looked forward to it each week. I’m sad and disappointed it has been canceled but shows like Jersey Shore and other nonsensical reality series continue on. I would love to see another network pick this up and continue with the story.

  9. Barbara says

    I agree with Lindsey. It would be nice if a cancelled show was given at least one episode to give some kind of ending

  10. Lindsey says

    There are some very fine television shows being canceled every year because of ratings, horrible shows like many reality shows just keep coming because people watch them religiously. I think that basing a TV shows merit solely on ratings is not a good process anymore in this time where shows can be bought and watched at the end of the season or streamed online at a later time. Some shows need time to gather a following, and some shows will end up with a cult following later on….that doesn’t mean that their stories shouldn’t be completed for the fans that do follow.

  11. Barbara says

    Thank you everyone this really helps. Seeing the show in pieces at various times is like a puzzle and some of the parts missing. Maybe I will buy just to see it all together but if show picked up by SyFy I will definitely buy.

    I’m wondering if I missed some episodes because I just don’t remember some of the info mentioned above and now I’m more puzzled then before.

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