'Happy Town' first look: Preview ABC's midseason mystery

lauren-german-happy-town-320.jpgABC hasn't put "Happy Town" on its midseason schedule yet, but you can get a taste of the small-town mystery right now.

The show, which comes from the "Life on Mars"/"October Road" brain trust of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, tells the story of an outwardly idyllic small town in Minnesota that's rocked by the presumed return of a kidnapper who terrorized the town in the past. A new crime causes a bunch of secrets to bubble to the surface ...

Sound a little familiar? Others have been describing the show as a latter-day "Twin Peaks" for months now, and ABC has jumped on the bandwagon too -- the "Happy Town" trailer mentions David Lynch's 1990 sensation in the first five seconds. So, you know, no pressure there.

That could be both a blessing -- "Twin Peaks" is fondly remembered (and rightfully so) for being a blast of fresh air on network TV for its memorably quirky characters -- and a bit of a curse -- the comparison creates some not-insignificant expectations for "Happy Town."

We'll find out sometime next year whether "Happy Town" stands up to the comparison. The large cast includes the likes of Amy Acker, Sam Neill, Lauren German, Steven Weber, Geoff Stults, M.C. Gainey and Frances Conroy, and we do find the trailer pretty intriguing. Watch for yourself and tell us what you think.


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