Things are not so happy for the residents (or actors) of ABC’s new murder mystery Happy Town. The series debuted to dismal numbers, and what else could ABC expect? They waited until April 28, 2010 – the seasonal 11th hour – to premier the series. So color me surprised that more people didn’t turn out for the debut. And yes, that was irony. Happy Town garnered only a meager 1.7 in the desired 18-49 demographic, and only 5.23 million viewers overall. I was looking forward to seeing Amy Acker on the small screen sans scars (Dollhouse), but I’m not too ashamed to admit even I forgot to tune in.
Now it looks as though the numbers have signaled action, and the series has been pulled from the schedule after this weeks airing. But never fear, you three Whedon fans who tuned in! The network plans to burn off the remaining five episodes beginning June 2, 2010. Whether ABC actually goes through with the burn-off-plan or not remains to be seen, as most networks are notoriously flighty when it comes to airing episodes of already canceled shows. And while Happy Town hasn’t officially gotten the axe, can anyone doubt it will?
We look forward to seeing the talented Ms. Acker in another series soon!