ABC’s ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23’ at Paley: Casts and Producers Dish on Season Returns

There are still a few season premieres to come down the pike. And at least for ABC, perhaps they are saving the best for last.

Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23 are two outrageous comedies promising to deliver even more laughs on their third and second seasons, respectively. How do we know? Celebuzz got a sneak peek at the in-person chemistry between the casts at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.

Read on to see what’s coming up on each show and what Celebuzz thought was the best series scoop revealed.

Happy Endings is starting its third season with two of its key characters back in a relationship. Though the series started because Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) left Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the alter, Season 3 starts with them telling their friends — and family — they are back together.

“The first season, second season you see us not together, and it’s kind of a nice place to be [now],” Cuthbert pointed out. “You really get to see why they were a couple in the first place — because they’re crazy!”

To get a deeper look at just where that crazy may come from, we will also get to meet the elder Kerkoviches this season. Christopher McDonald and Julie Hagerty will guest star as Alex and Jane’s (Eliza Coupe) parents.

Not only will we get to see the similarities within the family — Alex gets her “love of meat and big, Serbian appetite” from her mother, apparently– but we’ll get to see them go head-to-head with each other in sure-to-be hilarious ways.

“Jane desperately wants to make dad laugh at a family function which has never happened,” series executive producer Jonathan Groff explained. “There is a face-off with Jane and Shooter McGavin!”

On the holiday episode, there is also a Kerkovich sister hip-hop dance-off, which Coupe praised Cuthbert for “basically taking the floor.”

And Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) is out of work, so he is dabbling in puppetry (Sinbrad will be featured online in extra webisode specials that Groff revealed received quite a few Standards & Practices notes already for being “horribly offensive… to the brand”). He is also palling around with Max (Adam Pally) more, as Max is out to teach him how to live frugally. The two men join forces to become “bar mitzvah hype men” and end up getting into a bit of a “hype off” themselves.

“I have a deep well of knowledge to motivate,” Pally said. “It’s a skill. People are there to celebrate a boy becoming a man, and they’re kind of sad about it because their [baby] boy is going away.”

And then there’s Thanksgiving. Like Friends before it, Happy Endings is setting out to make iconic holiday episodes where this new kind of family all comes together to eat and celebrate from where they’ve come. In the case of Happy Endings, the gang came from… The Real World: Sacramento.

“I really love the flashback episode,” Casey Wilson shared. “We reveal we were all a part of the cast of The Real World: Sacramento, and it was an unaired season. It never aired, because I think someone burned down the house.”

Of course, Wilson also loves that Penny finally gets a boyfriend. “Elisha and I– when we cast [Nick Zano as Penny’s boyfriend] were running around the trailers yelling ‘A man is coming! A man is coming!'”

And he’ll be staying for awhile: “Penny gets into a relationship for 10 days, and she’s trying to give everyone else relationship advice.”

When it comes to Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23, though, the two episodes right out of the gate for the season were painted as some of the biggest and funniest, per the cast and producers. The season premiere sees June (Dreama Walker) championing for a Dawson’s Creek reunion, but what she ends up getting is so much better, as it’s a compilation of a bunch of 90s stars, including additional teen heartthrob Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

“We use the Dawson’s stuff because it’s there but we also just go way left and make s–t up after awhile, and that’s actually where we have the most fun: our making up fake projects that I’ve never really done like Love Monster,” James Van Der Beek chuckled.

It’s a big moment for June as she not only gets to sit within touching distance of two of her childhood crushes, but it’s one in which she starts to realize some limits of her life.

“It’s important for people to know that June’s a badass,” Walker said. “It’s inside… She’s the kind of person who will be pushed and pushed and pushed and then be the person who brings the gun to the knife fight and that happens, not exactly, but a form of that this season.”

Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23 is set up to push June but also James in the second episode, in which they deal with Halloween.

“I dress up as a lady Hobbit with hairy feet. But they were fake, so it was okay,” Walker laughed.

For the character of James, though, things are much darker. He hates being scared, and therefore hates the character because “his dad showed him Halloween on Christmas.” So, every year he uses the day to throw a “Positivity Party” and alternates between three “safe” costumes, including an angel, a bunch of grapes, and a candy corn.

“The evite for my annual Positivity Party that I throw every year is one of my favorite things,” Van Der Beek shared. “There’s Hello Kitty, a rainbow, and an ice cream sundae, and they all interact.”

One thing both shows could agree on, though? One of the Holmes ladies should make a guest appearance!

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 has a whole storyline planned for Katie in which she plays a “demented version of herself” (per Van Der Beek) who hates James and hears he had some kind of accident or might be dead and “shows up in a red dress to celebrate his downfall.”

And Happy Endings may have nothing specific planned for Suri, but Pally was adamant they should at least try to get her!

“Or we’ll settle for Shiloh,” he laughed, proving those pop culture references the show drops are often ad-libs of his own.

Happy Endings premieres next Tuesday at 9 PM. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 premieres right after at 9:30 PM — on ABC.

What has you most excited about the new seasons of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23? Sound off in the comments below.

Danielle Turchiano

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