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BubbleWatch: ABC's 'Happy Endings'
SHOW: "Happy Endings" (ABC)
IN ITS FAVOR: Despite premiering as basically a spring afterthought and stuck in a less-than-ideal 10 p.m. slot, "Happy Endings" has defied some odds by earning a vocal pocket of critical support and ratings which, while mediocre, have displayed signs of interest. "Happy Endings" also has a fresh and promotable young cast which, given time, could evolve into a very worthy comedic ensemble.
AGAINST IT: Gone are the days ABC could afford to renew shows like "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" despite miniscule audiences. "Happy Endings" can't compete with "Mr. Sunshine" in terms of returning starpower and its overall ratings will end up looking less impressive than those for "Better with You."
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: A good showing two weeks ago may have had us predicting renewal. A down showing last week may have put "Happy Endings" back on the fence. If ABC decides to stick with only four comedies on its schedule, "Happy Endings" could be done, but if ABC expands to a new night or block, that's almost certain to be a good sign. Our guess at this moment: A happy ending for "Happy Endings."
Final Verdict: ABC renewed "Happy Endings."