Happy Endings update

By David Knox on November 17, 2011 / Filed Under Programming 8

An interesting outcome for the upcoming series of Happy Endings on Seven.

The US elected to show Season One out of order, which happens on occasions with new shows.

Seven has opted to air them as they were produced so that the storylines throughout the season make sense. Makes sense to me.

22/11 Happy Endings, Episode-001 Pilot
24/11 Happy Endings, Episode-010 Bo Fight
29/11 Happy Endings, Episode-011 Barefoot Pedaler

It premieres 9:30pm next Tuesday on Seven.


  1. Alexander78 November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm -

    What happens when Australias Got Amazing Talent finishes next week, will Happy Endings move to 8.30 or will it stay at 9.30??????

  2. Jimmy November 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm -

    @craig thanks for the info!

  3. Craig November 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm -

    @Jimmy – no much of the season is shown out of order, for example ep13 was actual the 6th on made, checkout the wiki page.


    IMO Sitcoms are less prone to needing to be shown in order as most of the time there is no season long arc to follow. That said I always prefer it when networks don’t interfear in the show runners plans as in how the story is told.

  4. Jimmy November 17, 2011 at 11:49 am -

    so are those two the only ones shown out of order? As in 01. 10, 11, then 2, 3, 4 and so on?

  5. Tom November 17, 2011 at 11:25 am -

    I watched it from the US and didn’t even notice the eps were not in order!

  6. Nate November 17, 2011 at 11:17 am -

    @ Nik C.

    Very rarely are these calls made due to sensitivity about an event although it happens (Bones, Buffy as examples with episodes with school shooting storylines that had to be pulled after real-life school shootings), the main reason executives make these calls is because by doing so they believe they’re giving the show the best chance to succeed. New shows have a settling period of around 4 weeks with their ratings, so after airing the pilot, executives will sometimes “front-load” the rest of this period with episodes they believe are the strongest examples of the show (and more likely to maintain as much of the audience as possible) and hold “weaker” episodes over until the show is bedded in, when the audience is more likely to be forgiving of an OK/mediocre episode as they’re already hooked. The execs can also apply the same logic for the first few shows after returning from the Christmas/January break as watching habits can change.

  7. Nik C November 17, 2011 at 10:12 am -

    It would make sense to show them in order, as most shows have some sequential ongoing stories flowing throught out a series even if it is a comedy. Was there a specific reason the US showed them out of sequence? Sensitivity to an event?

  8. Craig November 17, 2011 at 6:47 am -

    Thanks for the update, reminds me of what Fox did to FireFly!

    You know someone watching it will complain Seven skipped eps 2-9 in 2 weeks LOL

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