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Steven Weber on Happy Town

Published May 3, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC
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Happy Town promises to be the spookiest new show on television with the murderous secrets of a small town. Steven Weber knows a thing or two about small town horror. He starred in the TV miniseries remake of The Shining.

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“I guess what Stephen King and this show have in common is clearly there's a running undercurrent of anxiety and an element of the unknown, which creeps a lot of people out,” Weber said. “But there's also a real emphasis on the human beings involved in these sometimes scary, sometimes complex situations. The Shining, which is, I guess arguably, less about monsters and more about alcoholism and a difficult marriage and all that stuff, which of course results in the husband going after the wife with a mallet, this similarly focuses a lot on the lives and the marriages of the characters, the subtext of a lot of characters that enter into the story with agendas that are not immediately clear to the audience, but which propel them through the story in ways that are compelling to the audience.”

The town of Haplin, MN has been plagued by a killer nicknamed The Magic Man, who has taken many of the town’s children. “My character has lost one of his children, possibly to the Magic Man. So while there is that supernatural or quasi-supernatural element that hangs over too, this is a person who, like many people in the country I would say, is incredibly neurotic, is terrorized by the unknown and by unknown elements. So that's what this show, I think wonderfully, has in common with a great writer like Stephen King. Also, what The Shining and this show also have in common is me, and that is an element that I think every show should have.”



The scares of Happy Town won’t just be the kind of “boo” jumping out at you. If you get hooked on the show, it’ll get under your skin. “There's so much about this show that is almost like each story is like a creeping vine, you know. They all interlace, and if you listen, you can hear the click of the vines. It's extremely emotionally grounded as well. While it has elements that are startling at times, this is a show that will catch people, it seems to me, on an emotional level. A lot of people can identify with a lot of the storylines, a lot of the interrelated storylines in this show.”

Happy Town airs Wednesday nights on ABC.

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