WATCH: Grant Morrison on Christopher Meloni being 'the guy' for Happy!

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Dec 20, 2017, 4:35 PM EST

One of the most original series airing on SYFY right now is, without a doubt, Happy!, a dramedy series based on writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson’s Image Comics series of the same name, which opened to strong reviews a few weeks ago.

Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, True Blood) stars as Nick Sax, a corrupt, alcoholic former cop turned hitman, shot and left for dead, then revived by paramedics, albeit with one lingering side effect: he starts seeing a tiny blue winged unicorn named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Happy, the imaginary friend of a little girl named Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo), seeks out Nick’s help when Hailey gets kidnapped by a crazy man in a Santa suit. Joining forces, man and imaginary pegasus start working together in order to save Hailey.

As you can see in our SYFY WIRE interview below, Morrison opened up about how happy (pun intended) he was about Happy!’s reception, being part of the writer’s room, and his feelings on Meloni as the perfect Nick Sax.


“We knew when we got him that this was the guy,” Morrison said. “The minute he walked in the outfit, and he had the Feliz Navidad scarf and the old coat and everything, that was enough, visually: He was the guy. But it was basically when we shot the pilot here last year, and he started to improv, and everybody just stood back a little bit, ‘Okay, let the guy go.’ And as I said, he became that character. He knows it so well; he inhabits it so thoroughly that he can just generate content and the persona of Nick Sax. So from the very first moment he started to act, we realized that this was the guy for the show.”

Be sure to watch the video above for more on Morrison's thoughts about Happy! And catch a brand new episode tonight at 10 p.m. ET on SYFY.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.