Happy Endings could soon be down at ABC, but maybe not out.
According to Deadline, the half-hour comedy has been rumored for demolition throughout its third season, but should the worst happen, USA may be waiting with a life jacket.
The network has placed several orders for 30-minute sitcoms, none of which have been picked up, and has also inked a syndication deal with Modern Family, a series Happy Endings followed during two of its seasons.
Reuniting the pair could make a lot of sense, Deadline notes, especially in light of Cougar Town‘s move and subsequent success at TBS after facing a similar ratings decline.
Should USA save the day, it will have to move the series forward without some of the existing writers, however. The Hollywood Reporter noted on Wednesday that Leila Strachan had signed a two-year contract to remain at ABC.
THR added that other creative talents from the sitcom — producers Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg and the team of Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener — had inked similar deals with Universal TV.
No word on whether David Caspe, who is currently working on the feature film Ladies Night with Charlize Theron and Happy Endings director Fred Savage, would stay aboard for a fourth season.
In a recent discussion on the show’s ratings woes, star Eliza Coupe admitted to ET Online that she wished ABC would give the show more support.
“It’s a running joke on set when we film something we all think is incredible that someone goes, ‘Oh man, that was so good — it’s too bad no one will ever see it.’ It’s the same as every year, we just never know.”
Coupe continued: “The network and the studio love the show, and they have been very good to us. They have given us a chance and kept us around for three seasons. Do we wish there was more publicity? Yeah. But it’s undeniable we’re making a great show. I just wish we had more of a push, and I really hope we get a fourth season — but that’s not up to me.”
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