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did you follow happy endings to fridays?

A mid-season hiatus has killed many a good show. It can be hard to keep up with return dates, especially when it’s for a show that has less than exemplary ratings and subsequently receives zero ad-time. Sometimes (and this is most frustrating for the fans that have viewed and obsessively reviewed reruns and desperately need the sweet hit of a new episode) the date is even pushed back or bounced around before a silent cancellation. This may be done because the network legitimately can’t find a suitable home, but more often than not, it’s a passive-aggressive way to cancel a show. Essentially, it’s the equivalent of breaking up by way of a disappearing act; you still get your desired result while avoiding the dramatics of actually saying, “It’s over.”

Similar to others (I’d say countless others, but if there were more fans then ratings would be higher and we wouldn’t be in this predicament), I think this is exactly ABC’s, plan for Happy Endings. Moving a show to Fridays with little fanfare or attention is just what you do when you’re trying to send a show off the air. Sadly, that age-old network tradition has also been coupled with the good ol’ “double-up the episodes so we can burn through the season and move on” treatment and the writing is clearly on the wall. Although the cast put on a brave face and gave hope for a new TGIF, it was clear from ABC’s lack of support (e.g., actually going with a TGIF-esque lineup) that this was the move before the move before the cancellation.

 

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Maybe there was a huge social media push for the return of Happy Endings that passed me by, and perhaps ABC ran a crap-ton of commercials that I somehow missed, but I had no clue that the new episodes were back. Fortunately, I went to watch an old episode and found not one, but FOUR new episodes were available. This was arguably the best two hours of my weekend. I didn’t know it before, but I’ve spent much of my adult life waiting for a Ladybugs reference (“He’s not lying. He once Ladybugs’d himself into a junior high girl’s soccer tournament, bet against the team, and threw the game.”) My joy aside, damn if it didn’t hurt realizing that no matter how consistently funny this show remains to be, ABC just isn’t impressed.

There’s talk of USA saving our show, and I’m appreciative of the mere possibility, but I’d be just as happy with a”TBS saves Cougar Town” treatment. On one hand, USA “welcomes characters” or something similar, and that could be the perfect home for a guy like Max. But maybe Happy Endings needs the loving embrace of a network that appreciates “very funny”. Regardless, I need this show to stick around. The Mindy Project definitely helps fulfills my obscure (and obvious) pop culture reference needs, but I need to know that the show that brought us Mandonna stays on long enough to make me someday wish it’d just get cancelled already.

I’ll leave you with these ah-mah-zing Penny moments and a request that you tune in or DVR or do whatever it is you need to do that allows you to watch the episodes while still alerting ABC that the show has viewers and it’s worth keeping around.

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new girl recapping: kryptonite

Starting this week a new face joins the cast of New Girl; Lamorne Morris plays Winston. He is replacing Damon Wayans Jr’s character “Coach” due to the ABC comedy Happy Endings being picked up for another season.

During a friendly game of catch with the roommates Jess accidentally busted Nick’s flat screen TV with a basketball. This sends the males characters into a frenzy. Jess says she’ll pay for a new one but not right away. She tells the guys that she has a similar TV but it’s at her ex-boyfriend’s place. Of course she gets talked into trying to get it back from her ex even though his hair puts her in a trance-like state. After meeting with her ex, Spencer, in the park Jess comes away empty handed but he convinces her to take his new girlfriend to the airport. Poor Jess, she didn’t stand a chance against that magical mane.

After telling her roommates about the debacle they tell her that she needs to toughen up and demand she get her belongings back even if it means she has to move on emotionally. Eventually she is ready to confront Spencer – with the help of her roommates and best friend Cece. After driving around Spencer’s block multiple times to build up the courage, Jess stops and approaches the house. Spencer answers and Jess falls back under his spell until she notices that he has been mistreating the plants. Jess snaps and thrashes through the house taking her possessions and, clumsily, storms out dropping her TV on the way.

Spencer comes out on the lawn trying to stop Jess from taking the TV but her roommates stop him and tell him he needs to let her go. I know they initially just wanted the TV but it seems as though they actually care about Jess and her feelings as well. Jess then tells Spencer that she is glad she was cheated on because she was only going to get hurt by Spencer over and over again. After Schmidt slaps Spencer the confrontation is over and the new roomies get back in Jess’ car and drive away.

Thoughts

I know it’s early in the series/season but I just feel that Nick and Jess are fated to spark up some semblance of a relationship that goes beyond just being roommates/friends. He is always the one who spearheads the movement to stand by Jess and he is usually the one who does the genuine consoling in regards to her as well. Schmidt is slowly but surely becoming my hero. I think it’s because he makes nonsensical remarks and believes them wholeheartedly. And his douche factor is at an all-time high – it gives me a goal to reach for.

Quotes

I can’t call Spencer. I haven’t talked to him since he cheated on me with that ho. Actually that’s not fair she might be a really nice…ho.” -Jess

Jess, I know. Closure. Ouch. Am I right?” -Schmidt
I don’t know at all what you’re talking about.” -Jess

See that, man? That’s my new thumb ring. How choice is that? Little skull…it’s so nectar.” -Schmidt
Did you just make up “nectar?” -Nick
No, it’s a volleyball term.” -Schmidt

Your hand is on my leg.” -Cece
Your hand is on MY leg.” -Schmidt
No, it REALLY isn’t.” -Cece
Classic He Said/She Said.” -Schmidt

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