Happyland will not be returning to MTV as the cable network has quietly opted not to renew the half-hour-long series for a second season. Happyland, which debuted in late September, was a departure for the young-skewing net as it was a light, one-hour dramedy.
MTV did an experiment, expanding its Tuesday comedy block to two hours, with Happyland at 11 PM following half-hour comedies Awkward and Faking It. It didn’t quite work, with Happyland averaging paltry 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 370,000 total viewers in the first hour of late-night despite the ratings strength of MTV’s 10-11 PM comedies, especially Happyland‘s lead-in, breakout hit Faking It.
Happyland, set behind the scenes at a popular theme park, starred Bianca Santos, Camille Guaty, Shane Harper, Cameron Moulene, Katherine McNamara, and Ryan Rottman.
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Shane Harper and Ryan Rottman play brothers on MTV’s new series Happyland, which premieres tonight at 11PM ET, but the two characters couldn’t be any more different at this time: Shane’s character, Ian, is fairly easy going, might even show up to work high, and is a general amount of fun; whereas his brother Theodore is much more by-the-book and follows rules more stringently.
Both of the Chandler brothers are the sons of the people who run the fictional park known as Happyland.
We interviewed the Happyland cast last week at the Santa Monica Pier, and below you can find our interview with the actors who play the show’s super Chandler brothers. Enjoy, and be sure to catch the series premiere TONIGHT!
The new MTV show centers on Lucy (Bianca Santos), the cynical teenage daughter of idealistic park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty). Having grown up in a world of manufactured happiness her whole life, Lucy wants to get out and experience something real.
When Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner’s son, arrives and sweeps her off her feet, Lucy is left wondering if fairy tale endings do exist after all. But when a scandalous secret turns her life upside down, she learns Happyland is far from a walk in the park.
Happyland, also starring Ryan Rottman, premieres Tuesday, September 30th @ 11PM ET/PT on MTV.
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Teddy and Spencer might not have lasted on Good Luck Charlie, but Bridgit Mendler and Shane Harper definitely have! The couple met on set while filming and just celebrated their third anniversary!
“We knew each other for a while, were friends for a long time. And I think it was just one of those things where it kind of gradually turned into more. I think it’s great that we knew each other for so long beforehand, so we were really friends,” Bridgit has said.
Hmm…Shane has a song called “Just Friends” from 2010. Do you think he wrote it about her before they started dating?
Shidgit – which just might be our favorite couple name EVER – is inseparable, whether they’re performing on stage, touring France, or hitting In N’ Out for burgers. We love how silly they can be with one another!
Shane Harper, star of God’s Not Dead, (the movie, which won the Film/Television Impact Award) took a few minutes to talk about his life on the Red Carpet at the 2nd Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards.
Kim Jones – We’re on a countdown to the doors closing so your next role is to share your story in one minute or less!
Shane Harper - One minute or less? Ok! I can do it! I stared doing theater when I was 9 years old. Music, acting – all around the same time. I started working professionally when I was 13 years old and I’ve been doing it ever since. That’s my professional life. (laughs) My personal life would take way too long and we’d be locked out!
Kim Jones – Your life – both personal and professional – is going to keep getting bigger. God has this thing about using willing hearts and your role in God’s Not Dead definitely showed a willing heart and a big talent.
Shane Harper - Thank you. It was definitely a blessing to be involved in the film and to be nominated for the award.
Earlier in the month, the fans of the hit Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie said goodbye to the Duncan clan after four seasons. Now the show’s star, Bridgit Mendler, is opening up about her time on the show, as well as dating co-star Shane Harper. Mendler also had some very nice things to say about the young Mia Talerico, who was recently the recipient of some pretty nasty death threats.
Good Luck Charlie recently ended its four season run on The Disney Channel. In the beloved series, we saw the entire cast grow as a family. That connection is something the show’s star, Bridgit Mendler, will not ever forget. She recently spoke to Yahoo TV about her time as a Duncan:
“I think I’ll really miss the Duncans. I think the characters and the dynamic that we all developed together was so fun, and by the end it just felt so effortless. It’s like you’re parting with a person when you leave your character, especially when you’re working on something for that long.”
In the last episode, Mendler and her real life boyfriend, Shane Harper, both performed a touching rendition of Elton John’s classic hit, “Your Song.” Mendler also spoke her relationship with Harper,adding:
“We knew each other for a while, were friends for a long time. And I think it was just one of those things where it kind of gradually turned into more. I think it’s great that we knew each other for so long beforehand, so we were really friends…I think everybody was very respectful about it and wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be weird to see the relationship going on on the show at the same time. It was wonderful the way that everybody was kind of a family and looked out for each other.”
MTV’s new upcoming comedy Happyland has found its cast!
According to Deadline, Bianca Santos, Shane Harper, and Katherine McNamara have signed on to star.
Happyland tells the story of Lucy (Santos), a cynical teen working as a greeter at the park where her single mother has played a fairytale princess for 15 years, and explores the realities of growing up and falling in love while living in a make-believe world.
Shane will play Ian, the handsome son of the park’s new president, a new hire at the park who is smitten by feisty Lucy. Meanwhile, Katherine is set to play Harper, a resident of the park who goes after Ian despite the fact that she has a boyfriend.