Happy Endings pulled off the worst April Fools' prank in history
We've never seen a show upset its fans quite like this.
Happy Endings producers and writers sent out some cryptic tweets back in early February that then led to a countdown clock, which promised some big news that had the near-cult following of the show going bananas for information of a reunion or even (dare we hope) a new season of the show.
The countdown led to April 1 at 12 p.m. PST, where fans and followers were promptly told by the show's writer-run Twitter account:
In other words: It was all just a big joke.
And fans are furious.
Cocreator David Caspe was quick to apologize for taking the joke too far, telling Entertainment Weekly, "Happy Endings remains canceled for now. Hopefully one day we'll be able to do an hourlong or a couple stand-alone episodes, and I've talked to the cast about even just doing a five-minute cold open. I want to apologize to anyone who is annoyed. It was just a writers' room bit that kind of got away from them. When it started, we all sort of laughed because we figured no one cares anymore, and then it triggered all these articles, which is really flattering. I was pumped to see that people still cared, but then I realized that this could piss off a lot of fans, and our hardcore fans and critics are all we've ever had."
And piss them off it did.
I'm partial to the term "shitstorm" to describe just how well fans took the news that there was actually no news about the show.
And while Caspe was apologizing, coproducer Lon Zimmet wasn't having it with angry fans.