Apparently USA Network will not be getting a happy ending after all.
The network will not be adding the former ABC comedy Happy Endings to its roster for a fourth season, a source at the network said. USA and Sony Pictures Television have officially called off the talks to swing the program to the network.
USA began discussions about bringing it over as soon as ABC cancelled it. It seems a deal was not ever close to actually happening, however.
Happy Endings starred Casey Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr., Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton as a group of friends living in Chicago. It ran on ABC for three seasons and never found a stable home on ABC's schedule despite critical acclaim and good word of mouth. Finally the network dumped it on the cesspool of Friday night with back-to-back episodes.
ABC executive Paul Lee seemed to like the show, but felt it did not fit as well with the network as they would have liked.
“I do think Happy Endings is absolutely on brand. 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," he said.
Sony is still looking for a new home for the show. TBS and NBC have been mentioned as possible fits.