The Grant Morrison-Darick Robertson Image collaboration which spawned an unlikely television series will be returning to the airwaves for a second season as announced by Syfy today just ahead of this week’s season finale.
Happy!, which stars genre vet Christopher Meloni as Nick Sax; an alcoholic, wayward hitman who is in hot pursuit of a kidnapped young girl, with his only lead being his unlikely connection to her imaginary best friend: a blue flying horse named Happy (Patton Oswalt).
I’m a few episodes behind still, and while I don’t think the show has yet to really find its groove (up to the point where I’m at anyway), some of its expansions on the material are pulling me in where a straight adaptation of that work might not have. I particularly am fond of the bug costume man who Ritchie Coster’s Blue answers to, and seems like an especially The Filth-era Morrison touch.
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Head of Networks Chris McCumber stated:
“’Happy!’ struck a chord with our SYFY audience and disrupted the TV landscape with its unique storytelling and outrageous performances led by Christopher Meloni….if people thought this season was crazy – I can’t wait for fans to see what Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor and the entire cast and crew have in store for Sax and Happy!”
The show was developed by Morrison and Brian Taylor, who you probably know best as the co-director of the Crank franchise and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, two projects that Happy! shares a lot of visual DNA with, though the tv series smooths out some of those edges to some degree, and it’s arguably one of the better *looking* Syfy productions on that same account.
I’m incredibly curious to see how this will be stretched into an ongoing series though, given the short-lived nature of the comic. Time to introduce King Mob, Grant! I’m only half-joking.