'Happy Endings' Showrunner Reveals the Amazing Series Finale That Could've Been

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'Happy Endings' Showrunner Reveals the Amazing Series Finale That Could've Been

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 15, 2014 | Comments ()


David Caspe, who not only created Happy Endings, but is engaged to one of its stars, Casey Wilson, currently has Marry Me, a Mad About You like sitcom in development over on NBC, but a year ago, he had one of the funniest, most creative, pop-culture dense shows on television. Sadly, Happy Endings was cancelled, and despite several attempts to revive it, we had to let it go (the cast, meanwhile, seems to be doing very well for themselves, except for Dave. But, come on, what’d you expect from Dave? He’s Dave.).

Anyway, during a call-in show with Entertainment Weekly on their Sirius Radio show, Caspe and Casey Wilson discussed some of the plans they had for Happy Endings, before it was taken away from our cold dead hearts entirely too abruptly. After ruling out any possibility that Dave and Penny might get together (“I don’t think anyone really wanted to see Dave have to date his ex-fiancĂ©e’s best friend. There’s just something about that that’s kind of mean”), Caspe revealed that there was a plan in the works for Jane and Brad to have a kid (which sadly means that Brad and Max never would’ve gotten together and consummated their sweet, sweet bro love).

But the best twist is that one they had planned for the end: A homage to Lost, in which all the characters would’ve been dead. “Well, not so much that they would become dead, but a reveal that they have been dead the entire series,” said Caspe. “Sort of that this little block of Chicago was purgatory for all of them.”

And they would’ve pulled it off brilliantly, too.



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  • Jezzer

    This show made me love Elisha Cuthbert with every fiber of my being, a feat which I thought was nigh impossible.

    Seriously, whichever character was on my screen at the moment was my favorite character. I've never experienced that with an ensemble cast before. Usually there's someone I hate or just like a little bit less. Not here. They were all standouts.

  • Ben

    That would have been the dumbest most amazing ending ever.

  • Drake

    Well, if Zach needs some money, I know how he could make a quick $100.

  • Mrcreosote

    No, no, no kid for Brad and Jane. One of the greatest things about that show was it's mild subversion of typical TV tropes. Schlubby gay guy instead of the queeny parodies of Modern Family, a couple who isn't marching inevitably towards parenthood a la....um, Modern Family. Seriously, the ep of MF where vasectomies are a running joke because everyone needs kids all the time...F that. The main two characters from the pilot really being jokes rather than fully developed...Well, that's like Modern Family.
    Why must everything good die? Why, WHYYYYYY!!!!!

  • Ben

    but think of all the new kid based sit com tropes they could then subvert the hell out of.

  • BizzyBzz

    I miss that show with every fiber of my being. They were playing re-runs on VH1 or some random channel like that recently. Brad and Jane were my imaginary best friends.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I had to delete the last of the episodes from the VH1 New Year's marathon, last night. So sad.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I'm happy to have Damon Wayans Jr back on New Girl, but Coach does not compare to Brad.


  • emmalita

    *sob* /hold my lighter up in the air while gently swaying/

  • Oh man, that would have been awesome.

    On a related note, it is ridiculous how hot Eliza Coupe is when she's doing...anything, really.

  • Addy

    This just makes me miss this show so much more. The characters on this show were just amazing.

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