TV Guyd: “Happy Endings,” “Smash,” and “The New Normal” Canceled

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May 12, 2013
7:02 a.m.

“Honey, we’ve been canceled.”

A lot of gay folks and their friends are out of jobs today and there will be  much less gay representation on TV this fall.  ABC has announced that Happy Endings has been canceled and NBC has given the ax to both the  comedy The New Normal and its musical drama Smash.  All three series had struggled for ratings.

Loosely based on co-creator Ryan Murphy’s relationship with husband David  Miller, The New Normal followed a loving gay couple (Justin  Bartha, Andrew Rannells) and their struggle to have a child through a  surrogate. The sitcom had drawn the ire of conservative groups  for both its depiction of a modern family and for tackling such hot-button  issues as gays in the Boy Scouts. It marks the first series from Murphy, whose  resume includes Glee, American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck, to not survive past a first season.  As The Hollywood Reporter notes, that while the “April  season finale was penned to serve as a potential series finale, producers said  that a second season would have featured the newly married couple raising their  newborn son.”

Smash, another NBC casualty, premiered in early 2012 to almost  unprecedented expectations. The behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a  Broadway musical had quite a pedigree with producers Steven Spielberg, Craig  Zadan and Neil Meron, the songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott  Wittman, as well as an award-winning cast that featured Debra Messing, Angelica  Huston, Jennifer Hudson and Christian Borle. The writing of the series quickly  became a target for critics and the term “hate-watching” was coined for viewers  who continued to tune in each week.


ABC’s ensemble comedy Happy Endings,  however, had been a critical favorite. It had developed a small but passionate  cult following and was loved by queer viewers  primarily for straight actor  Adam Pally’s stereotype-shattering gay character Max (above). ABC had moved the  series around on its schedule numerous times in hopes of attracting more viewers  but without much success. There’s been discussion of a cable network, possibly USA, picking up the  half-hour series for a fourth season.

Also getting the boot is Reba McEntire’s sitcom Malibu Country,  which co-starred out performers Lily Tomlin and Jai Rodriguez. ABC canceled the  series after one season.

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travelnut (Guest)
9 years, 1 month ago

Totally disappointed about this news 🙁