Save Happy Endings!
  • Petitioned Paul Lee

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President, ABC Entertainment Group
Paul Lee
Executive VP, Studio Creative and Production, ABC
Barry Jossen
Director of Public Relations, TBS/TNT
Carmen Davenporte-McNeal
Junior Publicist, Cougar Town, TNT/tbs
Christina Hamilton
Senior Director of Public Relations, Turner Entertainment
Elieen Quast
Senior VP, Comedy Development, ABC
Samie Kim Falvey
Public Relations Director, Cougar Town, TNT/tbs
Barrie Gruner
Chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting System
Philip I Kent
Director of Publicity, USA Network
Lynn Weiss
Co-President, USA Network
Jeff Wachtel
Co-President, USA Network
Chris McCumber
Director of Public Relations, TBS, Inc.
Samantha Graham
VP, Office of the President, ABC
Charissa Gilmore
Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Robert A. Iger
CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Michael Lynton
Senior VP of Research, USA Network
Ted Linhart
Executive VP, Programming and Aquisitions, USA Network
Jane Blaney

Save Happy Endings!

    1. Bryan Waugh
    2. Petition by

      Bryan Waugh

      Litchfield, CT

Dear Executives of ABC**, TBS, and now USA Network,


As a fan of good TV, I love the witty, critically acclaimed comedy Happy Endings. So do many others, I am sure of it. Recent distressing news of the cancellation of its programming buddy, Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 has us fans very worried that Happy Endings won’t make it to a well-deserved fourth season. I understand that ratings are almost everything to keep a show running, but Happy Endings seemed to perform better with lead-in viewers during its first and second seasons immediately following the smash hit, award winning comedy Modern Family on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm airtime.


Mr. Paul Lee, President of ABC Entertainment Group, said the following during a January TCA press tour, “We just wanted to say to our audiences that they have more chances to see this. We love this show," he said, noting that he recognizes Endings has to stand on its own and that he is confident the series can.


If the President of ABC Entertainment recognizes that the series is strong enough to stand on its own, why not renew it for a fourth season? Could you consider it a move to another programming block, perhaps back to “Comedy Wednesdays”? Any slot in that block would be very good for this comedy. The current confusing scheduling of two episodes a week is also a marker that the show is “on the bubble” of cancellation. Alex Kerkovich is already crying reading this letter, don't make it worse for her!


If the programming space on ABC is an issue, consider the successful (if bold) “moving” of Cougar Town from the ABC network to TBS network, where, since its move, has performed incredibly well, boasting 2.2 million viewers for its fourth season premiere episode in January. I’m sure Cougar Town fans appreciated the move, and will continue to watch faithfully.

 

Recent news of USA Network's interest in picking up Happy Endings if ABC ultimately cancels it led me to add USA Network executives to my efforts. USA Network is  responsible for awesome original programming including Psych, Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, Political Animals, and Necessary RoughnessHappy Endings would fit well among these fan favorites.


As fans, we enjoy the witty jokes and gags on this amazing show. The cast is top-notch and blend well together on our TV screens. The writing team is incredible, and, if evidenced by the Funny Or Die video of the writers room, are very tolerant of new ideas. Give the gang another chance, or suffer the wrath of Mark Blum…no wait. Why can’t I remember my own name?

I've also added Sony Pictures to the list of recipients because they are the people who produce the show, ABC had just aired it. 

**Critical edit on 5/14: Happy Endings has been officially cancelled by ABC after a complete mess of a season scheduling (was Hip Hop Santa on scheduling detail?) despite self-referential network hashtag #SaveHappyEndings in mid-March. Mr. Lee has lied to the ABC demographic and fans about what he wants for the show. He wanted it to die, always did since axing B in Apt. 23. For shame!! I, an avid Castle and Modern Family fan will NEVER watch another show on ABC again. I hope others will join me, for killing Happy Endings, Better off Ted, AND Pushing Daises (a critically lauded trifecta) is all too much to bear.

 

Even more critical edit on 5/27: Just to show the brass at ABC/Sony Pictures and USA/NBC Uni how serious I am, over the past week, I've began writing a TV pilot ft. some actors on HE, started organization of a national scale March of Dimes Foundation (www.marchofdimes.com) benefit, AND started to think critically about a potential TED(x) talk too! Baby, has Max/Mark Blum really become irate at the stupidity of network TV brass. Wish me luck!

Thank you for your time!

To:
Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group
Barry Jossen, Executive VP, Studio Creative and Production, ABC
Carmen Davenporte-McNeal, Director of Public Relations, TBS/TNT
Christina Hamilton, Junior Publicist, Cougar Town, TNT/tbs
Elieen Quast, Senior Director of Public Relations, Turner Entertainment
Samie Kim Falvey, Senior VP, Comedy Development, ABC
Barrie Gruner, Public Relations Director, Cougar Town, TNT/tbs
Philip I Kent, Chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting System
Lynn Weiss, Director of Publicity, USA Network
Jeff Wachtel, Co-President, USA Network
Chris McCumber, Co-President, USA Network
Samantha Graham, Director of Public Relations, TBS, Inc.
Charissa Gilmore, VP, Office of the President, ABC
Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Ted Linhart, Senior VP of Research, USA Network
Jane Blaney, Executive VP, Programming and Aquisitions, USA Network
Save "Happy Endings" from a premature cancellation by renewing it for a fourth season on ABC, or transferring it to TBS or USA Network.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. In development: my own TV pilot

      Bryan Waugh
      Petition Organizer

      In the wake of the severe mistreatment of Happy Endings by any/all networks involved (that'd be ABC Entertainment/Sony Pictures and USA Network/NBC Universal) in Happy Endings airing/production/revival I've created my own TV pilot featuring some of your favorite actors from all over television, including the main cast from our quirky little show Happy Endings.

      2 weeks ago USA said a pickup of HE was "unlikely," and earlier this week, a pickup looked "promising." WHICH IS IT, " trade blog" Deadline.com? Your yellow journalism is really embarrassing. I'm gonna need some sources for your claims, guys.

      Stay tuned!

      Hollywood Entertainment Breaking News - Deadline.com/hollywood

      Prior to joining Relativity, Shane was Executive Vice President at Hiltzik Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm. Shane previously ran global external communications for Hewlett-Packard and was senior veep for Corporate Communications at International Creative Management during the agency's recapitalization. He has also held senior communications roles at Comcast.

    2. That "USA exec" email sent to me here was a hoax/confused fan.

      Bryan Waugh
      Petition Organizer

      A USA exec has spoken with me via twitter and confirmed earlier today that the "Jane Blaney" of USA's Acquisitions dept. was an internet jokester and/or one of you here that thought the "reply to petition organizer" meant contact the network, not I. However, @TedonTV (Ted Lithart, Research at USA) told me it was fishy. But, why would someone sign up using her name and information to message me? Why would they ask for a reply? (mine here, last night: http://imgur.com/CgokaRd)

      "Jane's" email here: http://imgur.com/CVndWYd
      It may have been a sloppy troll attempt, but I believed it because someone went to great lengths including her professional signature/contact info and a "Bob Dole"-ish "Dear Jane" with a third person view email. Some people do refer to themselves in 3rd person, but I don't know Jane, so my apologies to her/USA. In my fevered excitement, this didn't register until too late.

      However, USA talks are ongoing for a 2014 "move."

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    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Officially hinted at USA's intense interest on 5/15/2013!!!!

      Bryan Waugh
      Petition Organizer

      I have been contacted by a USA executive today hinting at their intense interest in acquiring abc's Happy Endings for a revival post cancellation on ABC network 5 days ago! Deets to follow.

    5. Officially cancelled by ABC on 5/10/2013

      Bryan Waugh
      Petition Organizer
    6. Decision-maker Jane Blaney responds:

      Jane Blaney

      dear jane, you are the smartest programming exec in the world so I expect nothing less of you than to pick up this show!


    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Save Happy Endings featured in national promo!

      Bryan Waugh
      Petition Organizer
      Save Happy Endings National Promo 3/15/2013

      We're getting some coverage from ABC! Go to goo.gl/XREX6 to help me Save Happy Endings! This comedy needs a 4th season, because it's sah cute, and you won't want to suffer the wrath of Mark Blum!

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Over 100 supporters!

      Bryan Waugh
      Petition Organizer

      I created multiple accounts on other social media solely for the purpose of raising awareness about this issue. You name it, I've probably got a "Save Happy Endings" account on there. I did it all for free, because I believe in this show. I hope you do too.

      In the coming days I will be mailing letters to the key executives at both ABC and TBS networks, in hopes of getting some kind of response. This is costly, but I can do it with a little help from friends!

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    • HEATHER LAVALLEE DIAMOND BAR, CA
      • 10 months ago

      This television show is fun, funny, witty, and just a feel good time for the whole family. Please give it a chance to catch on!!!

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    • Majed Sufi ABUDHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • 10 months ago

      While the premise wasn't very original, the plot WAS. Laughed to tears with this show. The character of Alex is especially hilarious.

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    • Will Batchelor NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Best tv sitcom ive seen since friends, cancelling the show is a major upset!

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    • tony Tran SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 10 months ago

      This show is freaking awesome

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    • Kat Walker AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 10 months ago

      Happy endings is one of the only shows that truly makes me feel happy, and can make me laugh out loud when im watching tv alone. The best characters and humour!

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