No Future Cable Homes for ‘Happy Endings’ or ‘Body of Proof’

Happy Endings (ABC)

Despite the news for which we reported on here in early April, the USA Network has decided not to pick up the fan favorite – and recently canceled – half-hour ABC comedy Happy Endings.

As reported by the folks over at Deadline, the cable network began “exploring a possible future” for ‘Happy Endings’ “well in advance of ABC’s ultimate decision to cancel the sitcom, but while the powers that be “loved the show creatively” the low ratings received were a deterrent. The USA Network has reportedly decided to spend money on “its home grown half-hour series”, the first half-hour shows ordered by the network in 15 years, including ‘Sirens’ and ‘Playing House’.

The only bright spot for fans of ‘Happy Endings’ is that its production company Sony TV is “known for never giving up and finding a way to bring shows back from the dead” – such as ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Drop Dead Diva’ and ‘Breaking In’. The studio “continues conversations with other possible distributors” so there is always hope (but fans should also keep a clear mind that this last-ditch effort could also not come to fruition).

Additionally, we reported here in mid-May that the recently defunct ABC drama Body of Proof might be getting a pick-up order from one of the cable networks; but that doesn’t seem to be happening either even though the show has averaged 11 million viewers during its most recent season on the air. The producing studio – ABC Studios – for ‘Body of Proof’ “could not find a new home for the procedural” and, unlike ‘Happy Endings’, there doesn’t seem to be any silver lining for the Dana Delany-led series.