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'Good Day LA' Interview With 'Happy Endings' Cast Gets Awkwardly Entertaining (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 10th 2011 7:45PM
'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) interviewed the cast of 'Happy Endings' in a segment that started out awkward and stayed right on track until the end. Gigi Graciette was on set with the gang and during introductions, referred to Damon Wayans Jr. as Damon Winans Jr.

"I'm actually CeCe Winans' son," he quipped. Steve Edwards, Jillian Barbarie and Lauren Sanchez, who were phoning in from the studio, laughed hysterically at Gigi's expense.

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'Happy Endings' Cast Talks Season 2, Quotables & Dream Guest Stars

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 12:00PM
'Happy Endings' does for me what most shows can't: It makes me laugh out loud at least five times an episode. That sounds like it should be a quote on one of their billboards, but I can't help myself -- the cast is hysterical, the writing spot-on and the jokes perfectly inappropriate.

I gushed about it here and here, and I've even gotten my colleague Mo Ryan to love it*, too. (*OK, that's an exaggeration, but I at least helped shame her into giving it a second chance. I'm still set on reaching my ultimate goal: to get her to love it without laundry.)



I've been re-watching episodes online, patiently waiting for Season 1 on DVD (releases Tues., Sept. 20), but I'm greedy when it comes to good comedy. I want more.

So of course I couldn't wait to catch up with the cast -- Elisha Cuthbert, Zach Knighton, Casey Wilson, Adam Pally, Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr, as well as creator David Caspe -- at their Paley Center screening and panel last night. Check out the interviews after the jump for Season 2 stories, teases for new ah-MAH-zing character quotables, returning guest stars and a few big name celebs they wouldn't say no to either.

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'Happy Endings' Premieres with Wedding Walkout and Birthday Disaster (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2011 2:21AM
'Happy Endings' - 'Pilot'There have been so many bad 'Friends' clones over the years, you might be inclined to just dismiss any new ones that come along. 'Happy Endings' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC) had a strong creative start, though, and may just buck that trend. The premiere introduced us to our cast of characters, and did a great job of giving us reasons to care about all six of them.

That's not easy to do in a pilot, and even harder when there's some pretty heavy storytelling going on. While things kicked off with Alex walking out on Dave at their wedding, it culminated in a birthday party celebration for Penny who was turning 30, but lying about her age to impress her new boyfriend.

Penny's not the only liar, though. According to Max, her boyfriend Dave is hiding something pretty big as well.

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'Happy Endings' Set Visit: Meet the Cast of TV's Funniest New Comedy (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 6th 2011 12:00PM
How to describe ABC's new sitcom 'Happy Endings' ... it's smart, one of the funniest new comedies I've seen in a while and, well, the cast can say it better than I can: "It's like the show 'Friends' -- you ever see that show? -- but not as white."

Their words, not mine.



Basically, Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) are the perfect couple with the perfect friends. Until she leaves him at the altar on their wedding day. Now those perfect friends -- including gay Max (Adam Pally), single girl Penny (Casey Wilson), and Alex's sister Jane (Eliza Coupe) and her hubby Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) -- have to help them get things back to normal in order to keep their group alive.

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Zach Braff Tells Facebook Fans That 'Scrubs' is Done

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2010 12:27PM
'Scrubs' season nine cast
If you're a fan of 'Scrubs' and were holding out hope that the show was going to return... well, you weren't paying attention to the signs. ABC burned off the final two episodes unannounced this month; the season finale aired before a night of Wednesday comedy reruns. Then a number of show writers and producers took to their Twitter and Facebook feeds to mention that last week's episode was the "series finale" and not the season finale.

But if you need to find an "official" word that the show is done, you pretty much can't get any more official than Zach Braff himself. He told his Facebook fans that "it appears that "New Scrubs", "Scrubs 2.0", "Scrubs with new kids", "Scrubbier", "Scrubs without JD" is no more. It was worth a try, but alas... it didn't work."

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'Scrubs' - 'Our Thanks' Recap (Season Finale)

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 18th 2010 11:10AM
'Scrubs' - 'Our Thanks'(S09E13) Considering ABC decided to burn off the last two episodes of 'Scrubs' largely unannounced, and especially because they decided to lead off a night of reruns with the season finale, there isn't much hope that we're going to see another season.

That's too bad, since this new ensemble has come together quite nicely. Is 'Scrubs Med School' as gut-grabbing funny as the original series? Absolutely not. But what we ended up with are a group of likable characters and storylines that left viewers anxious to see more from. There still needed to be adjustments made, but the season (and probably series) finale showed me that they were on the way to addressing most of the issues.

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'Scrubs' - 'Our Driving Issues' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 11:01AM
John C. McGinley & Eliza Coupe, 'Scrubs'
(S09E12)
With our illustrious leader away on a covert mission for the state (you didn't hear that from me), I agreed to step in for this penultimate episode of 'Scrubs.' Hopefully, he'll be back in time for next week's finale as it may be his last chance. Still no word on the fate of 'Scrubs' 2.0 beyond these two episodes; I suspect ABC is holding out just in case ratings go up with the show as part of their successful "ABC Comedy Wednesday" block.

The episode itself was a bit of a mixed bag. I'm still just not able to get into Cole as a character. He's far too cartoonish for my tastes. At least J.D.'s antics were tempered by the sense that he was a person we could believe in, while Cox showed a vulnerable side underneath all his venom. I'm still struggling to believe in Cole as a sympathetic character.

Luckily, some moves were made to correct that as the episode wound down. Words of wisdom from one Bob Kelso making the difference in that one; what an interesting progression Kelso's character has had over the seasons.

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Review: Scrubs - Our Dear Leaders

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 27th 2010 9:25AM
Michael Mosley and John C. McGinley in Scrubs: Our Dear Leaders(S09E11) Just like with Better Off Ted, there doesn't seem to be any sign that the final two episodes of Scrubs are going to air any time soon. One was supposed to air tonight, but got yanked. One might air next Wednesday, but evidence is conflicting.

If this is the last episode we see, then, that'll be a shame, because this was the best one of the season. We saw a lot of growth by all the characters, even the ones that we've seen on our screens for nine years. But mostly, we saw exactly what the new Scrubs could be if given time: a great ensemble comedy that brings the funny on a consistent basis.

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Review: Scrubs - Our True Lies

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:25PM
Kerry Bishe as Lucy in Scrubs(S09E10) After last week's seemingly out-of-order interlude with J.D. and Elliot, we're back to the purity of following the med students around, and I have to say, this was the best of those episodes to date.

Given the proper elbow room, you can see even some of the more one-note characters, like Lucy and Drew Cole, grow and change. And, given the fact that even Bill Lawrence thinks it's a 70/30 shot against renewal, it's a bit of a shame; episodes like this make me want to get to know these characters a little more and follow them through their med school trials and tribulations.

Again, the pacing of the episode was slower, and we didn't see as many flashbacks and fantasy sequences. Which is fine with me; I want to get to know these characters with regards to how they interact with each other, not how they fantasize.

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Review: Scrubs - Our Stuff Gets Real

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 13th 2010 2:17PM
Scrubs: Our Stuff Gets Real
(S09E09) While the illustrious boss-man -- AKA Joel Keller -- is off at the TCA Tour stalking creator Bill Lawrence, I have the honor of stepping in and looking at the latest episode of Scrubs. J.D. returned this week, and the opening sequence slipped back to having him hang the final x-ray, rather than Lucy, who took over the last couple of episodes.

With J.D. back, the silliness between him and Turk returned as well, but it didn't dominate the episode as it so often has in the past. It was also nice to see the old Elliot in full neurotic meltdown mode. Plus, the scene at home where she was scarfing down her meat salad instead of making sweet love to J.D. was almost too authentic to real life with a pregnant woman. It was nice to see J.D. being supportive, if frustrated. And at least Cox is there to support his neediness.

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Review: Scrubs - Our White Coats / Our Couples

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 6th 2010 10:09AM
Donald Faison and John C. McGinley in Scrubs: Our Couples
(S09E07 / S09E08)
I don't usually do a joint review when two episodes of a show air in the same night, but both these episodes were so interestingly similar in tone, that I felt it was better to discuss them together than separately. Also, I've got a case of the winter lazies.

But back to that first point: Many of you couldn't understand why I hated the episode on New Year's Day so much; many of you felt that it did a nice job of showcasing the med students as well as a maturing Turk and Elliot. But there was something so off about how those characters were written last week that it didn't sit well with me. This week's episodes showed me why. They also gave me a good indication of the pace and tone that Med School should settle into. Just hope it's not too late.

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Review: Scrubs - Our New Girl-Bro

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 1st 2010 10:41PM
Sarah Chalke and Kerry Bishe in Scrubs: Our New Girl-Bro(S09E06) Wow. Just wow.

I knew the first Zach Braff-free episode of this new version of Scrubs was going to be a bit of a bumpy ride, but I didn't think things would be this bad.

It's not just that the episode was lacking in funny. The established characters were mostly written wrong, exhibiting characteristics we've never really seen before. And the med students -- except for Drew -- were so broadly written that they could have been played by anybody.

No wonder why this episode was buried on New Year's Day.

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Review: Scrubs - Our Mysteries

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 23rd 2009 6:45PM
Zach Braff and Donald Faison in Scrubs: Our Mysteries(S09E05) Sorry this one is late, folks. Sometimes life intervenes before you get to see your favorite shows...

Can you blame me? Given the low ratings and the fact that ABC has decided to blow out all 13 episodes by the end of January, it seems like this is the last we're going to see of the Scrubs: Med School gang, unless the show gets yet another last-minute reprieve. So it's tough for me to get too attached to this new set of characters.

But that may be a good thing. If what we saw last night was any indication of how things are going to be once the med students are carrying the show, it's in trouble.

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Review: Scrubs - Our Role Models

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 9th 2009 11:20AM
John C. McGinley in Scrubs: Our Role Models(S09E03) Since I saw the first two episodes via screener, this is the first time I got to see the "[Med School]" subtitle in the opening credits. Wow, talk about barely there... if you blinked, you missed it. I guess it's better than not having it there at all, but wow; it's as if ABC is really trying hard to tie this show to the original Scrubs.

I felt a little odd watching this episode. By all objective measures, it was a good episode; funny, good story, lots of glimpses into the characters' personalities. But, as in the first two episodes, most of the good stuff involved the old cast, mainly Zach Braff. And, since this is supposed to work more as a transition to a new show than more of the old show, this trend is getting me worried.

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Scrubs season nine -- An early look

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 30th 2009 3:05PM
Eliza Coupe, Donald Faison and Zach Braff in Scrubs: Our Drunk Friend
If you're a regular reader of TV Squad, you probably already know what's going on with the unexpected ninth season of Scrubs. From Bill Lawrence's statement that the eighth season might not be the final one to his detailed descriptions of how the show was going to transition to its new med school setting, you've been given a good idea of how this shift was going to happen.

But one thing we didn't know was the biggest question of all: is it going to be funny?

The answer? A qualified yes. The two episodes ABC sent for review, which air back-to-back tomorrow at 9 PM ET, were definitely funny. But most of the humor came not from the new med students we're supposed to get to know, but from the characters we've known and laughed with for eight years. And for this ninth season to succeed, that ratio will have to even out, and quickly.

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