Sad sign for ABC's 'Happy Town'
Mystery drama will air this Wednesday, vanish and return in June to end its run
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
After this Wednesday's (May 12) episode, ABC's "Happy Town" will vanish from the network's schedule. But don't worry, the Magic Man hasn't made "Happy Town" disappear forever.
ABC has announced that next Wednesday's "Happy Town" will be replaced by a "Primetime: What Would You Do?" special and that the serialized mystery will also be absent the following week, which also serves as the final night of the May Sweeps period.
"Happy Town" will return on June 2 with the episode titled "Slight of Hand" (a pun and not a typo, we assume). From there, the show's remaining episodes will air on consecutive Wednesdays through the season finale on June 30. [Yes, that will almost certainly be the series finale for "Happy Town," but that won't become official until network upfronts next week.]
ABC's decision to pull "Happy Town" from the schedule for the remainder of May Sweeps was hardly a surprise.
"Happy Town," which features Geoff Stults, Amy Acker, Sam Neill, Steven Weber, Frances Conroy and more, premiered on April 28 to an audience of under 5.25 million viewers and then plummeted to under 3.9 million viewers (and a dismal 1.2 demo rating) in its second airing.
Fans can at least take solace in getting some resolution on the various "Happy Town" puzzles.
Pulling "Happy Town" from the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot wraps up a dismal season for ABC in that time period. Despite the success of "Modern Family" and, to a lesser degree, "Cougar Town" in the 9 p.m. hour, the network has now seen "Eastwick," "Ugly Betty" and "Happy Town" fail to find any traction at 10.
Meanwhile, with eight episodes, "Happy Town" becomes the third consecutive short-lived ABC series for creators Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Scott Rosenberg. "October Road" ran for 19 episodes over two seasons between 2007 and 2008, while the American version of "Life on Mars" made it to 17 episodes in the 2008-09 season.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.