Oswalt will lend his pipes to the title character, a blue flying horse that is a positive influence on Nick Sax, played by Christopher Meloni. Sax is a grizzled ex-cop (sound familiar?) that’s now a boozing hitman in need of direction. They’ll work together in a classic odd-couple match-up to save an abducted young girl named Hailey.
Moynihan had originally been cast as Happy and had voiced the character in the show’s pilot. But he’s stepping away at the same time he’ll be starring in the upcoming CBS comedy show “Me, Myself & I.”
Enter Oswalt, the popular comedian with a laundry list of TV credits to his name — including “The King of Queens,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” — as well as roles in big screen vehicles “Observe and Report” and “Big Fan.”
The recasting was shared during the show’s panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, with Meloni flanked by series executive producers Bryan Taylor, Grant Morrison and Patrick MacManus.
“Happy!” is based on the the graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. The series was developed by Universal Cable Productions.