'Happy Endings' Creator Apologizes For April Fools' Prank

04/01/2015 01:41 pm ET | Updated Apr 21, 2015

Back in February, the long-dormant Twitter account associated with the writers of "Happy Endings" tweeted a countdown clock that promised "a new day."

The clock struck zero on April 1, after which the account, @happywrites, encouraged fans to check back around 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday for some kind of announcement. (That tweet has since been deleted.) But as it turns out, the show's devoted former viewers didn't need to wait that long. In tweets posted before the 3 p.m. ET deadline, the @happywrites account acknowledged that the countdown clock and initial tweets were just an April Fools' Day prank.

In an interview published by EW.com shortly after the tweets were posted, "Happy Endings" creator David Caspe explained that while the countdown clock started as a prank, it almost bore some fruit.

"It took on a life of its own to the point that actually there was some interest in finding a place to do a few more episodes or an hourlong special," Caspe said. Unfortunately, that didn't pan out and the show remains canceled. (Caspe said he has spoken to the cast about a possible reunion, but noting is confirmed.)

"I want to apologize to anyone who is annoyed," Caspe continued. "It was just a writers' room bit that kind of got away from them. When it started, we all sort of laughed because we figured no one cares anymore, and then it triggered all these articles, which is really flattering. I was pumped to see that people still cared, but then I realized that this could piss off a lot of fans, and our hardcore fans and critics are all we’ve ever had ... But I also have to say that it was really awesome to see how much love there was for the show. We didn't really think anyone was watching anymore. It was great to see that someone was."

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