On Saturday the panel I was most hoping to catch was the live table read reunion with the cast of the show Happy Endings. Cancelled three years ago when it was really hitting its peak with the actors and storylines EW somehow found a way to get the entire original cast of Jane (Eliza Coupe), Alex (Elisha Cuthbert), Dave (Zachary Knighton), Max (Adam Pally), Brad (Damon Wayans JR.), and Penny (Casey Wilson) back together for this awesome idea. With original showrunner David Caspe on hand as well to deliver a brand new script for an optimistic but never (not yet?) filmed first episode of Season 4. You have to love that Caspe went the extra mile to bring something new and original for the fans instead of just dusting off some random previous script. Whether this is secretly just a hail mary for Caspe and Co. to bring the show back to TV, it is still a wonderful event for the fans. We were also told that the script was dedicated to Happy Endings script supervisor Tracy Scott who lost her battle with cancer.
But was it good? Damn knee slapping hilarious! The story actually takes place three years later after the last episode and the characters are spread out in many different places. Apparently that sweet wedding scene the series ended with had a dramatic argument in the end that splintered off most of the group. Now years later the story opens with Max showing up to bail Penny out of jail (of course) but also to deliver some bad news: Scotty, (previous guest star Seth Morris), has died. “Our group of friends has drifted apart. Like Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood,” responds Penny. “This could be our chance to get everyone back together again for the first time since… the fight.” And there you go. The story goes on with the duo looking up and finding the other characters and delivering them the news and thus we find out where their lives have ended up. There is tons of the signature wacky style of humor that made this show its own like references to Brad being on New Girl, Dave busting out some freestyle rap, and Max with a VERY long theoretical idea on a name game if George Wendt’s wife Bernadette left him (trust me it’s Pally perfection).
As you watch the cast on stage they are smiling and laughing along with each other as they try to keep their composure to make it to the last page. These people really enjoy working together and in a business where people leave shows because they can’t stand each other (cough) (cough) Castle, it’s refreshing to see. When the last word was read the room which was completely packed with grateful fans loudly applauded and cheered as the cast stood up to leave. So maybe this will help bring them back? If anything the people have spoken and they showed that they’re ready for more.
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