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The dark comedy ‘Happy!’ was a breakout hit for Syfy last winter.  The series stars Christopher Meloni as drunk, corrupt ex-cop, Nick Sax, who becomes saddled with a perky imaginary (?) animated blue horse, named Happy, voiced by Patton Oswalt, who was his daughter’s imaginary friend until she was kidnapped and he… came to life (?).  The first season consisted of eight episodes and was renewed for a second season in late January.

It has now been announced that TV and movie legend Ann-Margret is joining ‘Happy!”s second season in a recurring role and that two Season One cast members are returning as regulars — Bryce Lorenzo and Christopher Fitzgerald.  Margret’s role is that of Bebe Debarge, “a former siren of stage and screen.”

That’s perfect for Margret who rocketed to superstardom in the 1960s in musical smashes like ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, ‘State Fair’, and the rock opera ‘Tommy’.  She became a frequent co-star of Elvis Presley’s beginning with ‘Viva Las Vegas’, ‘Kitten with a Whip,’ ‘Bus Riley’s Back in Town,’ ‘Made in Paris,’ and ‘The Swinger.’  She even played a thinly-veiled version of herself, named Ann-Margrock on ‘The Flintstones’.  She experienced something of a resurgence in the ’90s in ‘Grumpy Old Men’ and ‘Grumpier Old Men’, but she never stopped working before that or after.

Bryce Lorenzo returns as Nick Sax’s estranged daughter, Hailey Hansen, who was kidnapped by Very Bad Santa Claus in Season One.  But even with that traumatic incident behind her, “she’s faced with a whole new threat from within.”

Christopher Fitzgerald reprises his role as Sonny Shine, “a world-renowned children’s entertainer with a dark past and an even darker present.”

Season One also starred Lili Mirojnick, Ritchie Coster, Medina Senghore, Patrick Fischler, Quentin Morales, and Alexander Jameson.  Last week, Paul “Big Show” Wight had been cast as Big Pink, the cellmate of Coster’s Mr. Blue.

A return date has not been set, but season one premiered in early December, so presumably, season two will presumably do the same.

Source: Deadline