‘Happy Endings’ Emmy Snub: Star Adam Pally Takes It In Stride, But Producer Is ‘Disappointed’

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The lack of Emmy nominations for ABC’s Happy Endings is being taken in the stride by one of its stars.

“Those things are so hard to predict,” Adam Pally, aka the show’s main character, Max, told Celebuzz over the weekend. “I would love for the show to be nominated, because we don’t get a lot of promotion. I think it would have been really nice. But at same time, I’m such a big fan of everybody that got nominated. Max [Greenfield of New Girl] is a good friend of mine, especially. Bill Hader [of Saturday Night Live], I couldn’t be happier for. The Modern Family guys, I’m like, ‘Whatever.’ No, no, no. I love them. I am psyched for everybody.”

But not everyone is fine with the Happy Endings snub.

TV bellwether writer Michael Ausiello included two actors from the show, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Casey Wilson, on his list of Top 37 snubs in the Emmy nominations. Said Ausiello: “I’m super-pissed about no love for Cougar Town. Ditto for Happy Endings.”

Meanwhile, the show’s executive producer, Jonathan Groff, expressed his dismay.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed,” Groff said at a West Hollywood Outfest screening of an unaired, second-season episode called “Kickball 2: The Kickening.” At the July 22 event, Outfest honored the show for bringing attention to LGBT issues; Happy Endings has also been recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards.

“It’s nice to be part of the discussion,” Groff continued. “It’s nice that some people are saying we were snubbed. It’s cold comfort. But in terms of the best comedy, that’s a pretty power-packed lineup. There are a lot of good comedies on the air right now. To see LouieParks and Recreation, and Community not get nominated. To go, ‘You deserved it ahead of them.’ Maybe if there were 10, we could have been a part of that. I was a little bummed to see some of our actors not get nominated.”

Those thespians include Adam Pally and Casey Wilson.

“Honestly, I thought maybe Adam and Casey might pop one,” Groff said. “Because Adam’s character is so interesting. He’s done such a good job. We’ve given him more the snarky, edge, disheveled guy. But actually see him hurt in a relationship, and vulnerable. And Casey’s so funny.”

Zachary Knighton, meanwhile, who plays food truck owner Dave on Happy Endings, expressed his feelings about the show’s lack of Emmy nominations more bluntly.

“It’s not a surprise to me,” Knighton says. “It seems to me to be pretty obvious how that system works. We’ll see — maybe if we start bringing on some high-profile people, we’ll get nominated.”

Despite the Emmy snub, Happy Endings, which begins its third season on ABC this fall following Dancing with the Stars, has been nominated for several Critics Choice TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards and NAACP Image Awards.

Emmy nominees this year for Comedy Series include are The Big Bang TheoryCurb Your EnthusiasmGirlsModern Family30 Rock, and Veep. Best Comedy Actor nominees are Alec BaldwinDon CheadleLouis C.K., Jon Cryer, Larry David, Bill Hader, and Jim Parsons.

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