According to a Feb. 20 report by Deadline, Cuthbert has been cast in the NBC pilot for "One Big Happy," which is being produced by Warner Bros TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production. Cuthbert will play a lesbian who uses artificial insemination to have a baby with her straight best friend. She becomes pregnant right when her bestie meets the love of his life and decides to get married, so there's going to be baby drama, wedding drama, and a fun new twist on the modern family. There's no word on whether Cuthbert's character will call for her to be as delightfully ditzy as she was on "Happy Endings."
Elisha Cuthbert's bestie will be played by another "Happy Endings" star, popular sitcom love interest Nick Zano. He played Penny's poor fiancé who got dumped after a disastrous couples' game night. Zano has also played temporary boyfriends on "Mom" and "2 Broke Girls."
Speaking of Penny, actress Casey Wilson has also scored a role in an NBC pilot. She and her real-life fiancé, former "Happy Endings" showrunner David Caspe, teamed up to create a sitcom titled "Marry Me." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Marry Me" centers on a couple who quickly get engaged. Wilson's character is described as being "emotional," so surely the spirit of Penny will haunt the show.
Elisha Cuthbert's onscreen love interest, Zachary Knighton, is another "Happy Endings" star who has scored a new gig. He was cast in the pilot for "Weird Loners," a comedy that has already been ordered to series by Fox. Knighton's character will be a "whip-smart" womanizer whose romantic conquests often get him into trouble. One of his three weird loner pals will be played by "Ugly Betty" star Becki Newton. Newton most recently starred in "The Goodwin Games" and as Barney's stripper ex-fiance on "How I Met Your Mother."
Cuthbert's onscreen sister, Eliza Coupe, has found a new gig over at the USA Network. In the comedy "Benched," she'll play a corporate lawyer who becomes a public defender after a public nervous breakdown. One of her colleagues will be played by "Better Off Ted" actor Jay Harrington.
The rest of the "Happy Endings" cast is rounded out by Adam Pally, who is currently playing a frat bro gyno on "The Mindy Project," and Damon Wayans Jr., who returned to "New Girl" after "Happy Endings" met its unhappy end. He had played the character Coach in the pilot for "New Girl," but he ditched the Fox series for "Happy Endings." According to Deadline, Pally and Wayans Jr. are "still in play," so they might eventually move on to new shows.
All of these new gigs could be seen as a happy ending for "Happy Endings" fans. Instead of having one show full of five funny people to watch each week, now they might be getting five new series full of laughs.