This week in TV land could be seen as somewhat of a downer with the absence of LOST, but thankfully the god's heard our cries and gave us an amazing new program, Happy Town. In the beginning, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the program. I first began to hear of its existence when Amy Acker dropped from series regular to guest star in season 2 of Dollhouse to begin production. The previews we have seen up until this past week were vague in nature. Sure they let you in on a few scary details but the main plot of the show was muddled behind spooky imagery. In return for generic yet heavy handed marketing, fans got what I believe to be the start of an amazingly intriguing series. Happy Town follows the story of Tommy Conroy (Geoff Stults), a family man and deputy of the small town Haplin, Minnesota, just trying to keep order as death and mayhem once again surface from what citizens believe to be The Magic Man. Once kidnapper, now killer it's up to Tommy to try and figure out this mystery while protecting his family, including his lovely wife Rachel (Amy Acker). I had a chance to catch a pre-screening of Happy Town from ABC and I could not have been more pleased with the series. Happy Town has been compared to new age shows such as Harper's Island or Reunion, as well as the classic Twin Peaks. Although the main plot of the story seems to be the over used “whodunnit,” the richness of the quirky characters really pushes it to new heights, which I hope fans will latch onto. It still has enough genre storytelling to keep you mystery fans happy, but it also offers much more to those thinking it's just another generic piece. The show featured great performances from it's core cast, most notably Geoff Stults, fresh off his run on the short lived October Road, of which I was also a devoted fan. Geoff, showing the true kind of star he is, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me through twitter:
Q & A
JM: Thanks so much for agreeing to answer some questions for me. I really appreciate you taking time out of your schedule. First, how did you get into acting?
GS: Actually, my brother got “discovered” walking down the street and we started acting. Always wanted to, but didn't know how to start.
JM: Is there anything else you had thought of doing instead?
GS: I thought I was going to be a lawyer, actually. Planned to take a year off after college and then go to law school.
JM: Is it different acting in genre type shows as opposed to things like October Road? Do you have a preference?
GS: No preference at all as long as I am interested and like the people involved.
JM: You served as producer of the 2006 film 'Deceit,' do you intend on producing or directing any upcoming projects?
GS: Nothing in the pipe line right now, but I hope to produce again.
JM: How is it working with Amy Acker who has become a staple of the SCIFI world? You two seem to have great chemistry!
GS: It's easy to have chemistry with Amy. She is the nicest girl in the world. Good mom, good wife, good actor, and a good cook.
JM: You were very genuine in your portrayal of a family man on Happy Town. Do you enjoy playing this kind of role?
GS: Again, no preference at all as long as I am interested and like the people involved.
JM: Finally, are you The Magic Man?
GS: No comment. ;)
JM: Again, thanks so much and so sorry to bombard you all day! It is greatly appreciated man!
Everyone be sure to catch Happy Town tonight at 10/9c on ABC. It's a great watch and you guys definitely won't be disappointed!