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

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 15, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 15, 2014 |

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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