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Would You Like to See the First Episode of 'Happy Town' Before it Airs?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2010 3:03PM
Happy TownWe've talked about ABC's new mystery series 'Happy Town;' it'sabout a small town plagued by the return of someone or something evil that starts terrorizing again - it stars Sam Neill, Amy Acker, and Steven Weber. Now you have a chance to see the first episode before it premieres on ABC April 28. There's a new site up and it's pretty simple: if they get 50,000 "demands" by April 21 they'll show the first episode online.

The site doesn't exactly make it clear, but I think that it's 50,000 demands in a metro area. You have to sign up for the site (e-mail, age, gender, where you live, etc) to get all of the details.

Is 50,000 a lot on the web? It seems to me that they can hit this rather easily, but maybe that's the whole idea. The site gets some attention, the show gets attention, and fans can see the first episode of the show before it airs.

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ABC's 'Happy Town' Slotted for Wednesdays Starting April 28

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 3:02PM
ABC is shifting gears in their Wednesday, 10pm slot. They're going from a comedy about the fashion world to a serial killer thriller. 'Happy Town' is going to replace 'Ugly Betty' on April 28.

The question is, will 'Happy Town' be another 'Twin Peaks,' a spooky, moody drama set in a small town that got a cult following and remains popular today, or will it be 'Harper's Island,' which was a long mini-series that came and went and probably won't be remembered that much in 20 years. 'Happy Town' is also about a killer in a small town. It stars Sam Neill, Geoff Stults, Steven Weber, and Amy Acker.

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Sneak Peek: ABC's Happy Town

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2009 8:03AM
We told you earlier this year about the new ABC mystery series Happy Town. It's from the people who did Life on Mars and is about weird happenings in a small town. OK, that doesn't describe much, but from the extended preview below, it looks like it has a lot of Twin Peaks and a little Harper's Island. It has a good cast, including Sam Neill, Steven Weber, Amy Acker, Geoff Stults, and Abraham Benrubi.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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In Treatment writer bringing Worthy new political drama to FOX

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2009 1:33PM
In TreatmentSome shows are known for amazing acting, and some for stellar writing. In Treatment falls into the latter category, though the acting was top-notch, as well. Still, in essence the show was a one-room nightly play. It was simply dialogue between two to four actors. And It was riveting.

Davey Holmes won a Writers Guild Award for his work on that series. He was nominated for Pushing Daisies, a series with a completely different tone, and yet equally brilliant writing. He's also written for Damages and is involved in the forthcoming Happy Town for ABC.

Based on the strength of his script, Holmes has secured a pilot commitment from FOX for Worthy, a proposed series that would put the network dramatically into politics. The series follows a straight-arrow Arizona politician, named Worthy, who finds himself in trouble after he's in a hit-and-run and winds up blackmailed by the mob.

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Steven Weber replaces Dean Winters in ABC's Happy Town

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2009 6:02PM
Steven WeberThat's got to be one of the worst things that can happen to a television actor. You get cast in a pilot. Things go well. Even better, the pilot gets picked up. You're going to series! Then you get the phone call. "We're recasting. It's not the series, it's you." And just like that, the show goes on without you.

Dean Winters is the latest victim, losing a lead role at that. ABC has cast Steven Weber in Happy Town, replacing Winters as John Haplin, one of the most powerful men in a town named after his family. It's an interesting replacement because Winters and Weber tend to put different spins on the same kind of guy. Weber can nail rich, powerful and important better than Winters, while the latter does intense and brooding, but much more street level.

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Second Season of 'Harper's Island' Unlikely & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 14th 2009 12:00PM
Harper's Island and Neil Patrick Harris

'Harper's Island''s may be killed off, Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys (for real this time), Maura Tierney explains her mystery illness and more of today's top TV headlines.

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From the network that gave you a show 20 years ago, here's Happy Town

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 17th 2009 9:14AM
I roll my eyes a bit when a network has to go back about 20 years for a reference that ties into a new show. From the network that gave you Twin Peaks, comes a new town: Haplin, Minnesota. Hey, this show's about a town too! This one is also a mystery, about someone called "The Magic Man," who kidnapped several children years earlier and now might be back and behind a murder and another kidnapping. This has Amy Acker and Dean Winters in it, so I'm definitely going to check it out.

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ABC orders more high-concept dramas

by Mike Moody, posted May 18th 2009 1:25PM
Alan tudykIt looks like ABC is prepping Flash Forward to eventually succeed Lost, which is slated to end next season. Flash Forward, a mythology-laden show based on a Robert J. Sawyer novel, is only one of six new dramas the network has ordered for next fall.

Continuing its trend of green lighting quirky, high-concept shows, ABC is moving ahead with V, a revamp of the 1980s sci-fi series/miniseries, and Eastwick, a character-centric drama based on the John Updike novel and the Jack Nicholson movie, The Witches of Eastwick. Actor Paul Gross will play the Nicholson role on Eastwick.

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Life on Mars team creates new series for ABC

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 24th 2009 12:13PM
Life on MarsIt helps when the series you create (or at least adapt for American audiences) becomes successful right from the start. Now the creators of the American version of Life on Mars, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, are creating a new series for ABC called Happy Town in the vein of ABC's cult drama Twin Peaks.

While I'm sure Mrssrs. Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg are very good at what they do, I don't think they have the mind-set to emulate the strange workings of that of David Lynch. It's likely that there will be superficial similarities but I don't think the comparison to Twin Peaks will work. However, I could be wrong.

I've enjoyed Life on Mars since its inception and will give the trio the benefit of the doubt, particularly since their previous original series October Road lasted two seasons when it's tough to last past one. Hopefully they will show as interesting a story with their original creation as they did with their adaptation.

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