Could “Happy Endings” have a future on a network other than ABC? Reports indicate that the USA cable network is interested in picking up the comedy series if ABC chooses to cancel it at the end of the current Season 3.
According to a report from Deadline.com, Sony TV — the production studio for “Happy Endings” — is looking for a new network to buy the show if ABC chooses to go another way. Both USA and NBC have been mentioned as possible new homes for the ensemble comedy.
USA, which has been steadily expanding its original programming for several years but has yet to break into the half-hour comedy business, has reportedly expressed interest in acquiring “Happy Endings” for Season 4. If this were to happen, the move would echo TNT’s acquisition of another former ABC comedy, “Cougar Town.” The cable network began airing original episodes of that comedy this winter and has already ordered a new Season 5.
There is no firm indication that ABC has already given up on “Happy Endings,” although things are not looking good for the comedy. A solid performer when placed in the “Modern Family” lineup on Wednesdays, “Happy Endings” began Season 3 paired with the ill-fated “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” on Tuesdays. After a winter hiatus, ABC has opted to air double episodes of “Happy Endings on Fridays for the rest of the season. Unsurprisingly, the ratings for the show have dropped precipitously since its last Tuesday airing.
Is there any chance for a future of “Happy Endings” on ABC? The answer is probably a sad no, despite a pre-return ad campaign that encouraged fans to watch and save the comedy from extinction. A move to USA or some other network may be the best hope for the realization of the show’s title.