“The first note we got from Syfy said, ‘Don’t hold back, don’t edit yourselves, go for it,'” recalled Brian Taylor, executive producer of Happy!, during the show’s New York Comic-Con panel. “‘We don’t want you to do something safe. We want dangerous TV. We want something on the edge.”
From here – two full months before the series’ cable debut – it’s too soon to determine whether Happy! will turn out to be truly “dangerous” and “edgy,” or just puckishly obnoxious. But having seen the premiere episode, I can say for certain that it does not hold back.