What do you get when you bring the candid cast of Happy Endings, along with the show’s writers and executive producers, out to a panel in front of almost two hundred fans in Los Angeles? One hell of a good time, that’s what!
But seriously, folks, earlier tonight the Paley Center for Media hosted an evening with ABC’s mid-season breakout comedy. Some behind-the-scenes tidbits were shared (For example, did you know Damon Wayans Jr. adlibbed the “sex nose” line? Also, the original pilot had a completely different beginning, one that followed Beau the rollerblader through the streets, racing to get to the church, ala a romantic comedy), but mostly season two spoilers were revealed.
Check out the season two promotional photos for Happy Endings here.
LA TV Insider Examiner was on the scene (and on the red carpet!) chatting with the stars to bring you the details. Here are some of the higlights, but for more, check out our video chat with series stars Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, and Eliza Coupe!
- Season two will be the season of “obsession” for Dave, according to his portrayer, Knighton. It will be all about Dave finding out who he is and what he really wants in life. But don’t worry, one of those obsessions will still be his steak sandwich food truck. In fact, the show is integrating it more, and Dave even has a brand new website for his business!
- Dave and Alex (Cuthbert) will continue to date…other people. But not just yet. Knighton shared that he has yet to go on a date within the first four episodes that they have already shot. Cuthbert echoed the sentiment, noting that she was tied up with other plot points, such as being in a neck brace and being nearly bedridden with the flu (man, we hope those things are in separate episodes!).
- Art imitiates life for these young friends as money troubles become a more prominent factor. For Alex, this means having to move in with Penny (Casey Wilson), but for Max (Adam Pally), it means trying to find a job. No, seriously. Pally shared that Max will actually have quite a few odd jobs– and “job” may prove to be a loose term. “I’d say we’d call them schemes,” Pally told us. “And he has so many because none of them work!”
- In the pilot, Jane (Coupe) wanted to have a baby but those plans got put on hold a bit. This season Jane will get her kid…sort of. “She has a couple of adventures by herself. It looks like possible kidnappings,” Coupe only half-joked. One upcoming storyline does deal with Jane “borrowing” a child. You know, like you might test drive a car.
- Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Jane will have a few adventures together, though, executive producer Jonathan Groff shared. One being that they try suburban life to see if they would ever want to move out there and raise a family away from the bustling city.
- Megan Mullally has already been announced as a big name guest star, playing Penny’s mom, but Groff shared that the writers are also working on introducing some other parents– perhaps Alex and Jane’s (Coupe is pushing hard for Kiefer Sutherland to play their dad, and you know, we think someone on the show just might have an “in” with him…), but they also are toying with the idea of casting Dave’s very “conservative, working class” dad.
- Halloween is going to bring out the big guns– or big costumes, as it were– once again. Though Pally admitted he wasn’t sure how you could top the “double Snookis” of last year, he noted they sure as hell were going to try! This means two characters will be wearing a conjoined costume. But which two? No one wanted to spill too much and risk ruining the fun of the surprise, but Coupe did point out Jane was pushing for a couples costume with Brad but was shot down.
- Guest stars we can expect to see pop up again in season two? Creepy sex neighbor Paul Scheer, Shershow’s new bride June Diane Raphael, and Dianne (Danielle Schneider), according to Groff. But there is also room for others to recur, especially Wayans Jr.’s real and reel life dad.
- The writers have been utilizing more special skills and comic abilities of their cast in story lines. One moment in particular stolen from Cuthbert’s real life is an invisible hula hoop routine she showed off during one very late night at work.
So where does all of this leave Dave and Alex? The two may not be together, but the feelings are still lingering– how could they not; it hasn’t been that much time!? Showrunner David Caspe told us that he honestly doesn’t have an end plan for those two crazy kids just yet. Whether or not they get back together at some point– and whether or not getting back together will prove to work out or ruin their relationship– remains to be seen.
“We will find it sort of organically, you know, and as we write stories, [Alex and Dave] are always in the stories and relating to how those stories affect their relationship,” Caspe pointed out. “We see how Dave and Alex would react, and the issue of ‘Will that bring them closer? Will that bring them further apart?’ We sort of write as we go, so we’ll see!”
Happy Endings will return to ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block on September 28th.
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