Attempts to find a stronger audience for Happy Endings failed and the network axed the comedy fan favorite.
ABC’s ensemble comedy with a somewhat cult following (Loyal fanbase? Check. Vocal about keeping their show alive? Check. Hearts broken at this news? All the checks.) has been canceled. However, it wasn’t without trying. ABC shifted the ensemble comedy around on its schedule in hopes that Happy Endings would find a larger audience during its third season. When it failed, the network pushed it to Friday nights and ran it with back-to-back episodes until they were finished.
The show has a slim chance survival. Sony TV is shopping it to cable networks. The USA Network has already expressed interest. Sony TV has already facilitated canceled Cougar Town’s move from ABC to TBS.
Happy Endings ends having ran 57 episodes. David Caspe created the comedy and shares the show-runner title with Jonathon Groff.
Meanwhile, freshman comedies Malibu Country, Family Tools, and How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life have also been canceled. Malibu Country is the most successful of the comedies, garnering an average of seven million viewers. Success is undoubtedly due to country icon, Reba McEntire, playing the lead role. Despite the steady numbers in ratings, ABC axed the comedy, which may come as a surprise to some.
Also canceled are dramas Red Widow and Body of Proof. Red Widow never quite found its audience while Body of Proof aired for three seasons. The series stared Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) and went through a creative reboot when it shifted from the medical procedural format to focus more on law enforcement. The reboot was deemed successful by critics, but obviously not by the network.