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NBC orders Casey Wilson comedy from 'Happy Endings' creator to series

NBC has said “I do” to Happy Endings star Casey Wilson and her fiance/Happy creator David Caspe. In its first comedy pilot pickup of the season, the network picked up the single-camera comedy Marry Me to series on Tuesday. The story revolves around an inseparable longtime couple, Annie (Wilson) and Jake (Childrens Hospital‘s Ken Marino), who return from a two-week island vacation, and after a botched proposal plan, they decide to put off getting engaged until they can get it together. READ FULL STORY

Comedy Central orders pilot from 'Happy Endings' creator, writers

Happy Endings creator David Caspe is finding more joy in pilot season.

He has received his third pilot order, this time from Comedy Central, which has signed up for Duty, a single-camera cop comedy to be executive produced by Caspe and written by ex-Happy Endings scribes Matthew Libman and Daniel Libman. There will be a Happy connection onscreen, too: The show follows a former football stud named Kyle (Ugly Americans‘ Mike O’Gorman) who returns to his hometown after hitting hard times and joins the police force opposite his childhood best friend, Lonnie (Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribe Gil Ozeri, who previously wrote for Happy Endings). Kyle will also match wits with his ex-girlfriend (Draft Day‘s Laura Steinel). READ FULL STORY

CBS orders comedy pilot from 'Happy Endings' creator David Caspe

CBS is giving Happy Endings creator David Caspe his second pilot order of the season: The network has issued a thumbs-up to Cuz-Bros, a comedy that he created with fellow Happy producer Erik Sommers. The multi-camera pilot, which will be written and executive produced by the pair, chronicles the exploits of a successful lady killer whose perfect life is thrown out of whack when his “mess of a cousin” moves in with him. READ FULL STORY

David Wain to direct Amy Poehler's NBC comedy pilot starring Natasha Lyonne

David Wain is reteaming with Amy Poehler. Wain, who directs the Parks and Recreation star in the upcoming big-screen rom-com parody They Came Together and helmed their 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, has signed on to helm Old Soul, an NBC comedy pilot from Poehler that stars Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne as a woman who works as an aide for the elderly.

Poehler co-created and is executive producing Old Soul with Happy Endings writer-producers Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel.

USA greenlights legal comedy with 'Happy Endings' star Eliza Coupe

USA Network has put Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington on the case, picking up the courtroom comedy Benched, the network announced today.

The Happy Endings actress will star as Nina, a driven corporate lawyer who suffers a public nervous breakdown after losing out on a promotion, and find herself in unfamiliar waters when she starts working as a public defender. Harrington, who headlined another ABC cult comedy, Better Off Ted, plays Phil, Nina’s new co-worker who is described as “tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.” READ FULL STORY

'Happy Endings' creator reveals what would have happened to Penny and Dave -- and one GIGANTIC plot twist

It’s been almost a year since ABC sadly canceled its incredibly undervalued sitcom Happy Endings after its third season, and the bite still stings — especially since VH1 teased fans by airing the entire series on New Year’s Day, thereby reminding viewers just what a gem this little ensemble comedy was.

Show creator David Caspe and fiancée Casey Wilson (who starred on the series as perennially unlucky-yet-unswervingly plucky Penny) called in to EW’s TV Editors Hour on Sirius XM to talk about the dearly departed series and what they hope would have happened for the characters. Specifically, we inquired whether Penny and Dave (Zachary Knighton) would ever have gotten together, as a budding romance between the two was briefly suggested in the second season.
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NBC orders comedy pilots from Rashida Jones and Casey Wilson

Rashida Jones may be leaving Parks and Recreation soon, but she’s keeping ties to NBC. The network has ordered A to Z, a romantic comedy pilot that is set at an online dating company and chronicles the life of a relationship from introduction to destruction. Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack will serve as executive producers, while Ben Queen (Cars 2) will write the pilot and executive-produce as well.

The Peacock also given a thumbs-up to another single-camera comedy pilot, The Mason Twins, which will be written and executive produced by Happy Endings star Casey Wilson and NTSF:SD:SUV:: actress June Rafael. The Mason Twins centers on fraternal twin sisters who reconnect following 15 years of estrangement; when one sibling’s perfect urban life falls to pieces, she returns home to the suburbs to discover that her sister never grew out of her teen-queen years. (The network apparently enjoys Happy Endings, as earlier this week it ordered Marry Me, a single-camera comedy pilot from Happy creator David Caspe, who is engaged to Wilson.) READ FULL STORY

'Happy Endings': VH1 to re-air all 57 episodes -- EXCLUSIVE

Listen up, Happy Endings fans! We have the second-best news you could ask for (behind a revival, of course). EW has learned exclusively that VH1 has acquired all 57 episodes of the oh-so-lovable sitcom and will be airing them on Wednesdays in 2014.

But first, the cable premiere of Happy Endings will begin with a marathon of all 57 episodes starting on New Year’s Eve — Tuesday, Dec. 31 — at 8 p.m. ET. The marathon will run all the way through New Year’s Day. But don’t worry: If you’ve got plans to be out on the town, the marathon is only the kick-off event. Happy Endings will then settle into its new time slot on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 8.

The episodes will also be available online using VH1’s TV Everywhere platforms and the VH1 app.

So what do you say we jump-start the Happy days, huh? Watch a clip of Penny’s 30th birthday party below:
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'Happy Endings' alum Eliza Coupe to star in USA Network pilot

USA Network may have passed on Happy Endings but it hasn’t passed on Eliza Coupe.

The network announced today that it has green lit a new original half-hour comedy pilot starring Coupe as a corporate attorney who has a nervous breakdown after being passed up for a promotion and ends up working among the legal world’s underdogs as a public defender.

Titled Benched, the pilot was penned by Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife), Damon Jones (The Groundlings), and John Enbom (creator of Party Down). Enbom will serve as showrunner.

 

Adam Pally to guest-star on 'Mindy Project'

It’s a happy ending for Adam Pally after all: The actor will guest-star on The Mindy Project this season, EW has confirmed.

In a multi-episode arc, the Happy Endings alum will play a new doctor at the OB/GYN practice where Mindy and the others work, according to TVLine, who first reported the news.

He’s not the only new doctor for Dr. Lahiri to embarrass herself around this fall: James Franco will play a model-turned-doctor on the first two episodes of the show’s second season. How can we drop by that hospital?

The Mindy Project will return Tuesday, September 17, at 9:30 ET.

'Happy Endings' still canceled...and will stay that way

There will be no happy endings for fans of Happy Endings as the search for a new home for the beloved ABC comedy is now over.

After getting the axe in May, the show began being shopped to other networks but despite early rumors of some interest, Deadline reports that the impending expiration of the lead actors’ options has killed hope of its return.

Happy Endings, which was on three ah-mah-zing seasons, starred Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson.

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Why ABC axed 'Happy Endings'

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ABC’s entertainment chief Paul Lee was asked the Why? question during a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning: Why did the network dump Happy Endings? One reporter challenged the idea that the comedy wasn’t “on brand” for ABC, noting that two of the network’s newly greenlit comedies for next season, Super Fun Night and Mixology, feel like they’d be perfect companions for Happy Endings.

“I do think Happy Endings is absolutely on brand,” Lee said after the network unveiled its new fall schedule Tuesday. “What we found was it was just too narrow. It was a very hard decisions  because, as you know, I love that show and I found it very hard to make that decision. On the same token, I think Super Fun Night and Mixology are broader shows that will bring in a wider audience. So: Hard decision, not happy at all to see it go, but we feel it was on brand and so is [Super Fun Night] and Mixology.” READ FULL STORY

'Happy Endings' finale night: A tennis match gone very, VERY wrong -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

We can’t sit here with a straight face and tell you that the underwatched, underappreciated Happy Endings will get miraculously renewed by ABC. It doesn’t look good. (Cable networks, anyone want to steak this sextet home tonight?) But we can tell you that instead of drowning your sorrows in a bottle of Nochetussin, you can register your support for the show by watching the final two episodes of the season (series?), which air tonight starting at 8 p.m. In the first, Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Jane (Eliza Coupe) try to join a ritzy tennis club and are not pleased to learn that Max (Adam Pally) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) also want in. In the second, Jane attempts to plan the perfect wedding for her sister Brooke (guest star Stephanie March). Did someone say love? Yes, he/she did. So, enjoy this clip from a disturbing doubles match, set to Kenny Loggins’ “Playing with the Boys.” READ FULL STORY

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