Team Behind Happy Endings Developing a Comedy About a Family of Criminals


David Caspe, the creator of the critically beloved but canceled-after-three-seasons Happy Endings, has an idea about why that show had a relatively short shelf life. In an NBC panel discussion this summer, he said the writers indulged in a few too many “one-percenters” — that is, inside jokes meant for too small an audience. He seems to be acting successfully on this lesson with Marry Me, for which additional episodes were recently ordered, and he’ll presumably apply the same philosophy to a new show he’s creating with two of his Happy Endings collaborators.

Caspe, along with writer Gil Ozeri and producer Jamie Tarses, are developingFrauds, a single-camera comedy for Fox about a family running a Ponzi scheme. Ozeri, in addition to writing for Happy Endings, has also written for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And Tarses, who from 1996 to 1999 was the first woman to lead…

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