It’s a good show.
But it’s still cancelled.
ABC has decided not to renewed struggling, yet well-liked ensemble comedy Happy Endings.
The acclaimed ensemble comedy could still survive on cable, however. As of tonight, producers ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television are still talking with USA Network about giving the show a possible new home.
In addition, ABC has decided not to bring back Dana Delany’s crime drama Body of Proof for a fourth season. Also axed: Reba McEntire’s freshman sitcom Malibu Country, Sarah Chalke’s How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life and freshman thriller Red Widow.
ABC is, however, renewing a ton of shows, including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Once Upon a Time and more.
Elisha Cuthbert, star of Happy Endings (ABC Fridays, 8 P.M.), is planning her wedding to NHL player Dion Phaneuf, 27, with the help of the iPad mini stowed in her Coach Saffino tote. “All my inspiration is on my Pinterest boards,” she says. “I haven’t been stressed at all!” What else does she have handy?
Manis to Go
“I’ve got a ton of nail polish with me, probably more than normal people, because I swap a lot with [costars] Casey Wilson and Eliza Coupe. I also have cuticle oil, a top coat, a nail file, everything!”
Even Better Than Netflix
“I’m still carrying Oscar screeners. My favorite movie so far is Silver Linings Playbook. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I loved it!”
It’s Da Balm
“When it comes to lip products, I’m pretty simple. I like Carmex. And I’m obsessed with EOS balms (Eos Lip Balm Smooth Spheres-Summer Fruit $3.30, evolutionofsmooth.com). I have four.”
“I was under the weather, so an assistant director gave me oil leaf extract. He likes natural sweeteners, and not all restaurants offer them. I’m a good fiancée!”
PHOTO SHOOTS > Maxim (2013)
Canada has gifted us many treasures (John Candy, maple syrup, hockey fights), but none have inspired such lusty American fervor as the pouty-lipped bombshell Elisha Cuthbert. We really got to know Elisha in her breakout role as 24’s catastrophe-prone Kim Bauer, where she routinely put her dad in near-death situations. (Hey, who hasn’t?) These days on ABC’s Happy Endings, she’s once again irresistible as Alex, an enthusiastic ditz whose passions include Woody Allen and, uh, oversize sausages. So take a seat poolside and enjoy Elisha’s fourth Maxim cover shoot. Bow down before the most beautiful woman on television!
You’ve been named Maxim’s Most Beautiful Woman on Television. Congratulations! Well-deserved.
That’s very flattering, and I sincerely thank you, but I think you’re all crazy! To think that one person could be the most beautiful when there’s Kaley Cuoco, Sofía Vergara, Zooey Deschanel? They’re all stunning. I’m not gonna fight anyone about it, though. I’ll accept it with grace. But being on a show with two other beautiful women, this is gonna make going to work very uncomfortable. I don’t know, this might be a curse.
Happy Endings is one of the funniest ensemble comedies on TV. We’ve noticed that the show never misses an opportunity to take a crack at John Mayer, which we appreciate.
We’ll take a crack at anybody. No one is safe! I think it’s genius on the part of the writers, because our generation is so saturated with pop culture that it’s impossible not to incorpo-rate it into our dialogue. Bradley Cooper’s been on the chopping block a few times. Even Ryan Gosling, for wearing man-scarves.
Aren’t you supposed to be in love with those guys, like every other woman in America?
It’s funny you mention that, because in interviews everyone is always asked who their celebrity crush is, and I haven’t had one since Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, when I was 12. Now I just say Oprah. I love that woman. She’ll go to someone’s house and bring a huge bucket of oranges she picked from her Santa Barbara home. Oprah, when did you have time to pick two dozen oranges from your garden?
Did you tune in for her interview with the Kardashians? She went pretty easy on them.
Well, the Kardashians are pretty tough to reckon with right now. They’re kind of taking over the world. I wouldn’t start any beef with them, either…I love all the Kardashians!
You got your break as Kim Bauer on 24, an intensely dramatic show. How did the Happy Endings folks know you could do comedy?
Because of my ridiculous antics off-set. I don’t think they hired me because I was funny, I’m gonna be honest. But during the first season, David Caspe, the creator, saw me goofing around doing a dance with an invisible hula hoop, and he was laughing. When we came in to do season two, he said, “You wanna add your dance into this scene?” He passed me the baton, and it kind of snowballed from there. And now I’m at a place where I’m willing to try anything.
As in the hilarious scene from last year’s Christmas episode where you participate in a dance-off with a battery-operated “Hip-Hop Santa”?
I got a lot of love for that scene. It blows my mind that people were digging my moves. Maybe they didn’t expect me to have any sort of rhythm? I can move, guys!
Happy Endings isn’t filmed before a live audience. How do you get comedic feedback?
Sometimes when I’m on a plane, I’ll watch someone who’s watching the show. I’m just secretly watching to see if they’re gonna laugh. Then they turn around, and I give a creepy wave.
Your costar Damon Wayans Jr. is basically American comedy royalty. Did you grow up watching his family like the rest of us?
Major Payne was always in my VHS. That movie was so funny. I’ll say the line, “Killin’ is my business, laaadiiiees!” seven million times in a row. And I actually got the chance to talk to Damon Sr. and tell him what a huge film that was for me. I know it’s not Schindler’s List, but it’s awesome.
You recently became engaged to hockey player and fellow Canadian Dion Phaneuf. But was there ever a time in your single days when you could relate to the character you played in Old School—the girl who’s totally cool with one-night stands?
No, not really. That’s one of those characters that every guy wishes was the case. That’s what movies are all about, the fictitious character you can only dream about.
Speaking of fantasy characters, your turn as a porn star in The Girl Next Door is pretty high up there on that list.
To be honest, I think one reason guys liked that character so much is because I didn’t go fully nude. My character really could be the girl of every guy’s dreams, instead of having them see her naked and going, “Oh, that’s not my thing.” Remember Weird Science? Kelly LeBrock never got naked. She didn’t show you everything. I think that’s why it resonated with more men than it probably should have.
One of the scenes in The Girl Next Door was shot at an actual porn convention. What do you remember about that?
I remember I had a lot of real porn stars tell me I was like their Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman. Nice sentiment but, you know, a little awkward.
So once and for all: Is the 24 movie ever going to happen?
I’ll be 60 years old by the time we do that thing! I know it exists. It’s out there. But when are we going to do it? You’re asking the wrong person. Kiefer is Jack Bauer, and Jack Bauer knows everything. You’ll have to ask that guy.
Elisha Cuthbert is a DIY bride-to-be.
After a four-year courtship, the Happy Endings actress, 30, accepted a proposal from Canadian hockey player Dion Phaneuf, 27, in September 2012. Since then, Cuthbert has “really enjoyed” planning their big day without the assistance of a wedding planner.
“You hear a lot about people saying that it’s a stressful thing to do, planning a wedding, but I have to say — knock on wood — so far so good,” the actress told Us Weekly during Disney-ABC’s post-TCA cocktail party in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 10. “Every step has gotten me more excited about our actual wedding day.”
The actress — known for her roles on the TV hit 24 and the box office comedy The Girl Next Door — has the perfect wedding dress in mind. “I have a No. 1 contender, but I’m not pulling the trigger quite yet,” Cuthbert admitted. “When you’re 30 and you know your personal style and you know who you are as a person, it’s a good age to plan a wedding.”
“I would have had the confidence to do this when I was younger,” the star added.
Phaneuf, who is captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, made his NHL debut in 2005. Cuthbert, a native of Alberta, Canada, dated hockey player Sean Avery, 32, from 2005 to 2007.
Canadian Elisha Cuthbert took to Twitter to announce her engagement. She said, “happily, happily, happily, happily engaged!! This has been the most amazing week-end ever.”
Is Dion Phaneuf, captian of the Toronto Maple Leafs the lucky groom?
She burst onto the American scene as Kiefer Sutherland’s daughter, Kimberly Bauer, in the critically acclaimed series 24.
Her portrayal earned her a nomination for a 2002 Teen Choice Award for Breakout TV Actress.
She also received a 2005 SAG nomination as part of the 24 cast in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Cuthbert starred as Maxine Denver in ABC’s series The Forgotten, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and can now be seen as Alex in the midseason ABC ensemble comedy, Happy Endings.
PHOTO SHOOTS > Emmy Magazine (2012)
Access Hollywood has your first look at the cast of ABC’s “Happy Endings” in a brand new photo shoot for the current issue of Emmy Magazine.
Elisha Cuthbert, who stars as Alex on the show, said after the action-packed drama of “24,” she’s indulging in “Happy Endings’” comedy buffet.
“If people are thinking of me, it’s kind of nice they aren’t thinking of someone running from terrorists or being chased by cougars,” she told the mag.
Elsewhere in the interview with the cast, Casey Wilson, who previously starred on “Saturday Night Live,” revealed she helped out with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Indiana in 2008.
“I got one of the secret service guys to drive me to Dairy Queen and got Blizzards for Bill and Hillary,” she said.
Happy Endings will air on Tuesdays in the fall at 9:00. Season 3 premiere date TBA!
Happy Endings has been renewed for a full 3rd season season of 22 episodes. No word yet on ‘Last Man Standing’ or don’t ‘Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23′ but I’d look for word on those very shortly. Stay tuned.
PHOTO SHOOTS > Shape
Although Canadian-born beauty Elisha Cuthbert has been acting since she was 9 years old, appearing in hit movies like Old School and Love Actually, it was her role as Kim Bauer on 24 that made people sit up and take notice. Now everybody’s favorite girl next door is starring as Alex, one of a group of friends trying to navigate love, life, and everything in between in the ABC hit Happy Endings.
Our February cover model spills her secrets on eating right, working out, and how she feels about turning 30 this year in the latest issue of SHAPE, on newsstands January 30. But there were a few fun facts that didn’t make it to press—and were too good to keep to ourselves!
1. She speaks French. Cuthbert, who was born in Calgary, lived there until she was 11 years old, when her family packed their bags for Montreal. “We did a lot of moving around when I was younger,” she says. “We lived in Vancouver for a while, and then Montreal, which was so foreign to us with everyone speaking French. It was wild!”
2. She paints to relieve stress. “Sometimes when you’ve been acting for so long, you get burnt out on it,” Cuthbert says. “Painting was always sort of my outlet. I work mostly in acrylics, but it’s always different. I do a lot of portrait stuff.” When she’s not acting or painting, the blonde bombshell can also be found cooking or hiking outdoors.
3. She’s always traveling back and forth between L.A. and Toronto. Cuthbert, who is dating Toronto Maple Leaf’s hockey player Dion Phaneuf, splits her time between the two cities and flies to Canada every weekend.
4. She’s not a fan of junk food. “I’m more likely to splurge on a savory dish than a sweet one,” she says. “But that’s because I’m not much of a junk-food eater. I think that comes from being on set so much and having the craft table that’s full of doughnuts and sweets throughout the day.”
5. But she does drink wine. “I used to drink a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a heavy, full wine,” she says. “Lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of wines that don’t have as much body to them.”