Thank God It's Friday...Happy Endings is Back!
Eliza Coupe, Zachary Knigthon | Photo Credits: Richard Foreman/ABC
The grumbling you've been hearing for the past two months has been the unhappy Happy Endings fans who have been waiting for the comedy's return to ABC's schedule. Yes, it's now on Fridays at 8/7c and yes, like a Xela dress, a move like that can turn a good girl bad. But according to executive producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, the show is coming back with a bunch of new episodes that are worth the wait. So spread the word, set your DVR, and tell your friends. Because it would totally sooook to lose this one now.
TV Guide Magazine: Zach Knighton told us that the episodes you're coming back with are some of the best so far.
David Caspe: We have a lot of great ones coming up. The first night in, we've got David Alan Grier [as Brad's new boss] who is unbelievably hilarious. From the second he got on set, everyone was dying. He is so funny.
TV Guide Magazine: What else do you have coming up?
Caspe: The Max-Penny story is super funny. It's based on a theory of my sister's, which is basically when you're having trouble texting your guy or girl too much, you need to go cold turkey. Her system is to take Nyquil and go to sleep at like 4 in the afternoon because the nighttime is the hardest time not to text. So Max and Penny take something called NocheTussin...we're not sure if it's a Mexican or Libyan outlawed version of Nyquil.
TV Guide Magazine: Wait, Max has a guy now?
Caspe: When we come back, Max has just met someone and this system is best used when you have just met someone and don't want to over-text them. And Penny uses it to avoid annoying Pete with wedding questions about the dress and the location and all that stuff.
Jonathan Groff: Oh, and RuPaul is in episode 14. He's playing a hairdresser named KrisJahn, but nobody can say his name right except for Jane and Alex. He has been their hairdresser forever, and we find that when Jane and Alex are mad at each other, they complain to KrisJahn and it stops there. It's their weird way of managing conflict. Of course, Max catches wind of that and has to disturb the eco-system. It blows up in his face and creates huge problems for Brad.
TV Guide Magazine: Speaking of blowing up, "The Marry Prankster" episode was perfection.
Caspe: Thank you! I actually think that might be the best one we have ever made.
Groff: We love that one so much, that when we had a director cancellation for our season finale, we brought back Rebecca Asher who directed that one. She did an amazing job with a very hard episode.
TV Guide Magazine: Re-watching old episodes, it's insane how much material you guys get into 22 minutes.
Groff: That's because we cut so much air out of every show. There is never a single frame where someone is not speaking. If you were to turn one of our episodes into a multi-cam show and added a laugh track, it would be 55 minutes long! [Laughs]
Caspe: We've got a ton of great writers on the show and we all work together to get as much story in as possible. And a lot of it has to do with having six awesome people in the cast, so we're not trying to hide anyone. There might be some TV shows, I'm not sure, where they aren't that excited to write stories for certain characters. It's the opposite here. Not only do we think all six deserve it, we enjoy writing for all of them. So we very much want to have enough real estate and stories for the entire cast. A lot of time that creates too much story, but we jam it in. [Laughs]