‘Happy Endings’ Producers Ink Overall Deal at NBC/Universal TV
Happy Endings duo Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener are laying down roots at NBC.
The pair has inked a two-year overall deal with NBC/Universal Television. As part of the new arrangement, Bycel and Fener will develop new projects for the studio. Their first assignment will be serving as executive producers on NBC comedy pilot Assistance,which is based on Leslye Headland‘s play of the same name.
The latter, a fast-moving, single camera effort, is being billed as a female-fronted comedy that revolves around Nora, an idealistic assistant who attempts to find balance in her life while juggling the demands of a larger-than-life boss. Krysten Ritter has been tapped to star.
““We’ve been longtime fans of Bycel and Fener and are happy to have them as part of the Universal TV family. They are both strong showrunners and developers, individually, as well as a team,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria of bringing the writer/producer pair into the fold.
Bycel brings with him experience on Happy Endings (as an EP), Scrubs (a showrunner), Psych (co-EP) and Fox’s American Dad (co-EP). Fener most recently served as a co-EP on Happy Endings and on American Dad before that.
#3.23 – “Brothas & Sisters” – The third Kerkovich sister, Brooke (guest star Stephanie March), is the alpha sister of the group, and Jane has the daunting task of planning a wedding for her more perfect and exquisite older sibling. Meanwhile, Brad is having a tough time himself dealing with Brooke’s equally more perfect African American fiance, Elliot (guest star James Lesure), and Alex and Dave have a big secret they’re hiding.
Interview with “Happy Endings” Writers Daniel and Matthew Libman
ABC is home to Happy Endings, one of the best comedies on television today. It’s quick-paced, cleverly written and packed to the gills with talent. It would seem like those ingredients would a renewed season make. But there is one ingredient that trumps all reviews and critical acclaim, and that special sauce is numbers. In an unprecedented move by a network, ABC has launched a campaign asking the viewers to “Save Happy Endings!”
I sat down with writers/brothers Daniel and Matthew Libman, who’ve been working on the show from the jump and have contributed tons of funny, including songs like “Love to the Power of Love” and the idea that Max needed to drive an ‘80’s limo. The brothers shared what it’s like to work on Happy Endings and weigh in on ABC’s campaign to save their show.
Hi, Daniel and Matthew! Google just told me that you guys are long time friends of David Caspe, the creator of Happy Endings.
Matthew: Yes! We’ve been friends since 3rd grade.
That’s so amazing!
Daniel: How else do you think we would’ve gotten hired on such an awesome show?
Matthew: Yeah, not only do I get to work with my brother, but also one of my oldest, best friends. It’s so much fun to go to work.
Fox Green Lights ‘Let’s Be Cops’ For Damon Wayans Jr. And Jake Johnson
These Wayans, they just keep coming. 20th Century Fox has set Happy Endings star Damon Wayans Jr.and New Girl’s Jake Johnson to star in Let’s Be Cops, a comedy that Luke Greenfield will direct. He wrote the script with writing partner Nick Thomas, based on a pitch he sold to the studio. Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films and Greenfield will produce.
The film is about two best friends looking for a little more out of life. They impersonate cops for kicks, but when they unknowingly mess with a real mobster, the game gets real. Casting is getting underway on the other roles.
Come on get happy: Happy Endings‘ recently pulled episodes have found a home.
Last week’s two installments of the cult comedy — which were delayed in some markets due to ongoing coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings — have been rescheduled for this Friday, April 26, beginning at 8/7c.
Because of the change, Happy Endings‘ final pair of Season 3 installments are now slated to air Friday, May 3.
The first generation of Wayans siblings, including Keenen, Kim, Marlon, Shawn and their six siblings, grew up in abject poverty, which, they say, is a source of comic inspiration. Even some members of the family’s second generation struggled—but not Damon Wayans Jr. Watch as this stand-up comedian and star of ABC’s Happy Endings cracks jokes about his privileged upbringing.
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