“Happy Endings” Deal Seems To Be Falling Apart

One source close to the negotiations between USA and Sony called a deal “a longshot.”

Things have taken a sad turn in Happy Endings’ search for a new home.

After being canceled last week by ABC, the little-watched comedy with a fervent fanbase looked for a home on cable. And as I tweeted earlier this week — here, here, and here — the show’s studio, Sony, seemed to be having luck with USA Network. USA had its upfront on Thursday, and announced two new original comedies to go with the Modern Family episodes that it will be syndicating starting in September. The thought was that a show like Happy Endings, which has passionate fans, would bring viewers to the network as it launches this new initiative.

But one source with knowledge of what’s happening said USA and Sony are far apart on a price for the show. Another source close to the negotiations said USA is “still considering Happy Endings, but it is a longshot.”

And a source close to the show said, “I don’t believe there have been any additional conversations over the last couple of days.” As for whether USA was the only potential buyer, this person said that things had seemed to be progressing with USA, so the show hadn’t looked for other suitors. But if things fall apart there, “This could change.”

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