“Happy Endings” not so blissful
ABC is taking another stab at comedy tonight with its new sitcom â€śHappy Endings.â€ť
In the pilot, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) leaves Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the altar, and this breakup affects not only them, of course, but their social circle, as well.
Their social circle consists of Alexâ€™s sister Jane (Eliza Coupe) and her husband Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.); Max (Adam Pally); and Penny (Casey Wilson).
The premise revolves around how this group tries to stay together after the wedding debacle.
The problem is, I didnâ€™t laugh, nor did I want to laugh.
Not only are the lines lacking in humor, but the delivery in most cases seems forced.
And, the characters and situations seem stereotypical and/or unbelievable, as well.
For example, Penny is a single 30-year-old woman afraid sheâ€™s not going to meet Mr. Right (Havenâ€™t ever seen that character before!)
And Alex and Dave are a couple that canâ€™t communicate, so she abandons him at their wedding, which gives viewers the chance to see their awkwardness in the aftermath when theyâ€™re together with their mutual friends (Would you really want to hang out with your ex â€“ even if itâ€™s with other friends â€“ on a regular basis?)
The good news is ABC does have â€śModern Family!â€ť
â€śHappy Endingsâ€ť premieres tonight at 8:31, with an additional episode airing at 9, on ABC.
â€“ Melissa Hayer
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