If Happy! season 3 had gone forward as planned, we likely would have seen Nick Sax continuing his vigilante lifestyle alongside his imaginary friend, Happy, the flying blue unicorn, centered around yet another holiday. Sadly, there will be no follow-up to season 1’s Christmas tale or season 2’s warped vision of Easter as Syfy has canceled its violent comedy adaptation of Grant Morrison’s comic.
“From the very beginning when I got involved with it,” executive producer Patrick Macmanus told us in a recent interview, “they had said that they wanted each season to revolve around a different holiday. The fact that [Happy! season 2 was] about Easter… made a lot of sense for us to try to figure out a way to resurrect Nick and have him attempt to find new life.”
Unfortunately, that new life will not continue into a third season, but TVLine reports that UCP is shopping Happy! around, especially since it has apparently done quite well in its second window run on Netflix. However, it’s ratings didn’t even average a 0.1 share in the key audience demographic, and total viewers only reached 286,000 according to TVSeriesFinale, which is low even for NBCUniversal’s in-house production company.
Happy! joins Deadly Class on Syfy’s chopping block, both of which stretched the network’s usual programming niche of science fiction and fantasy storytelling. Time will tell if they decide to continue adapting outside of the regular genres to find success with audiences.
Michael Ahr is a writer, reviewer, and podcaster here at Den of Geek; you can check out his work here or follow him on Twitter (@mikescifi). He co-hosts our Sci Fi Fidelity podcast and coordinates interviews for The Fourth Wall podcast.