Happy Town (TV series)

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Happy Town
Happy town poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Mystery
Created by Josh Appelbaum
Andre Nemec
Scott Rosenberg
Starring Geoff Stults
Lauren German
Amy Acker
Robert Wisdom
Sarah Gadon
Jay Paulson
Ben Schnetzer
Steven Weber
Sam Neill
Composer(s) Stephen Endelman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (2 unaired) (list of episodes)
Location(s) Port Hope, Ontario
Port Perry, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Space Floor Television
Mojo Films
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Original release April 28 – July 1, 2010 (2010-07-01) (2 episodes aired online)[1]
Website abc.go.com/shows/happy-town

Happy Town is an American drama television series that premiered on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, and ended on June 16, 2010, on ABC.[2] It was created by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg. It had a total of eight episodes, but only six would be broadcast on ABC. The remaining two, "Dallas Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and the series finale, "Blame It on Rio Bravo", were available for viewing only at the network's website.


A period of peace following a series of unsolved kidnappings is cut short when a new crime has everyone talking in the small Minnesota town of Haplin.[3] The townsfolk are convinced the crimes are committed by the so-called "Magic Man", a person whom character Merritt Grieves describes as having "an ability to make people disappear that bordered on the mystical". Seven people have vanished, never to be heard from again.

As the series progresses, it seems evident that the disappearances are related to an old German film titled Die Blaue Tür (The Blue Door).


Although the series is set in Minnesota, many of the scenes for the program's pilot and first season were filmed in Canadian communities such as Port Hope,[4] Penetanguishene, St. Catharines and Brampton, all in Ontario. Several of the street level shots were filmed in Newnan, GA.

After shooting the pilot episode, actor Ben Schnetzer replaced John Patrick Amedori in the role of Andrew Haplin, and Steven Weber replaced Dean Winters for the role of John Haplin.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 "In This Home on Ice" Gary Fleder Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec & Scott Rosenberg April 28, 2010 (2010-04-28) 5.25[6]
Henley Boone arrives in seemingly idyllic Haplin to live. At the same time, a shocking murder occurs in a fishing cabin at the local pond which conjures up memories of an unknown, evil force known as the "Magic Man". Tommy Conroy, a small town deputy, may have trouble solving the crime when it becomes obvious that the residents are hiding secrets.
2 "I Came to Haplin for the Waters" Gary Fleder Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec & Scott Rosenberg May 5, 2010 (2010-05-05) 3.79[7]
Newly appointed Sheriff Tommy Conroy investigates Jerry Friddle's murder. Henley seems to know more about Haplin's dark side than she's letting on but she's determined to get access to the boarding house's forbidden third-floor room.
3 "Polly Wants a Crack at Her" Mick Garris Davey Holmes May 12, 2010 (2010-05-12) 3.04[8]
A state investigator steps in to assist Tommy on Friddle's murder. Andrew exacts revenge on the person he believes assaulted his girlfriend Georgia. A handsome stranger rescues Henley from a bizarre car accident and then lures her into a surprising relationship. Thaw Fest finally arrives bringing with it chilling and tragic consequences.
4 "Slight of Hand" Darnell Martin Meredith Averill June 2, 2010 (2010-06-02) 2.76[9]
Rachel Conroy disappears and clues seem to indicate the elusive Magic Man is back. Henley gets her stolen property back from Greggy Stiviletto and intends to use it for blackmail. Tommy's investigation of some gruesome evidence may mean good news for Haplin.
5 "This Is Why We Stay" John Polson Courtney Kemp Agboh June 9, 2010 (2010-06-09) 2.58[10]
Tommy feels the pressure to find the elusive Magic Man and Rachel wants to leave Haplin all the while being pressured by John Haplin to remember details of her kidnapping. Merritt Grieves reveals a long-kept secret to Rachel. Henley returns the hammer she stole from the boarding house attic to Peggy Haplin in exchange for money. Det. Hobbs is convinced that Greggy Stiviletto knows who severed the hand found at the bakery.
6 "Questions and Antlers" Ron Underwood Story by : Byron Balasco
Teleplay by : Phil M. Rosenberg & Mike Flynn
June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16) 2.17[11]
The interrogation of John Haplin about missing Lauryn Ward intensifies. This would be the final episode of the show to be broadcast on ABC.
7 "Dallas Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" Bobby Roth Bryan Oh July 1, 2010 (2010-07-01) (ABC.com)[1]
Merritt and Henley scheme to take back the mysterious hammer.
8 "Blame It on Rio Bravo" Darnell Martin Scott Rosenberg July 1, 2010 (2010-07-01) (ABC.com)[1]
Many secrets of Haplin are revealed.


Despite a promotional push from ABC, its debut episode performed poorly, scoring a 1.7/5 among 18-49's, with 5.2 million viewers overall, roughly scoring the same numbers in the same time period that predecessors Ugly Betty and Eastwick had during their run.[12] In its second outing, the ratings slipped as did its audience, scoring a 1.2/4 among 18-49's and a 2.6/5 overall with 3.8 million viewers watching.[13]

On May 11, 2010, ABC announced that it was pulling Happy Town from the schedule for two weeks, planning to resume its episode run on June 2; with the 5 remaining episodes airing on consecutive weeks.[14] On May 17, 2010, ABC confirmed that Happy Town was among the shows cancelled from the 2009–2010 season.[15][16] On June 18, 2010, ABC officially cancelled the series after its June 16, 2010 episode aired.[17] On July 1, 2010, ABC.com released the two remaining episodes online.[1]

Ratings chart[edit]

Order Episode Airdate Rating Share Rating/Share
1 "In This Home on Ice" April 28, 2010 3.5[6] 6 1.7/5 5.25 8
2 "I Came to Haplin for the Waters" May 5, 2010 2.6[7] 6 1.2/4 3.79 14
3 "Polly Wants a Crack at Her" May 12, 2010 2.1[8] 4 1.1/3 3.04 14
4 "Slight of Hand" June 2, 2010 2.0 3 0.8/3[18] 2.76 13[19]
5 "This Is Why We Stay" June 9, 2010 1.9 3 0.8/2[20] 2.58 11[21]
6 "Questions and Antlers" June 16, 2010 1.6 3 0.6/2[11] 2.17 12[22]


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  4. ^ O'Meara, Jennifer (July 23, 2009). "Port Hope a 'Happy Town' again". Northumberland News. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ The Futon Critic website
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  14. ^ This Just In: ABC Pulls "Happy Town", Entertainment Weekly, May 11, 2010
  15. ^ ABC Pulls "Happy Town", Will Burn Off In Summer, Hollywood Reporter, May 11, 2010
  16. ^ "ABC adds seven series for fall 2010; 'V' held till midseason" fromZap2it (May 17, 2010)
  18. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/03/tv-ratings-wednesday-so-you-think-you-can-dance-americas-got-talent-down-easily-top-repeats/53038
  19. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/06/tv-ratings-fox-does-a-victory-dance-wednesday.html
  20. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/10/tv-ratings-wednesday-so-you-think-you-can-dance-up-tops-surging-stanley-cup-finals-game-6/53634
  21. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/06/tv-ratings-sytycd-leads-stanley-cup-strong-for-nbc-wednesday.html
  22. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/06/tv-ratings-nbcs-talent-foxs-dance-split-wednesday.html

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