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BubbleWatch: ABC's 'Happy Endings'
SHOW: "Happy Endings" (ABC)
IN ITS FAVOR: The ratings for "Happy Endings" have been decent and in certain critical and social network circles, "Happy Endings" is one of the most buzzed about comedies on TV, a show that made a very big creative leap in its second season.
AGAINST IT: Just as ABC is now discovering that "Cougar Town" ratings were almost completely "Modern Family"-dependent, the network is well aware that numbers for "Happy Endings" fall off a cliff when aired after "Modern Family" repeats.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: "Happy Endings" seems likely to return, but ABC isn't likely to waste the "Modern Family" lead-in on another "Happy Endings" season, at least not with a fall premiere. That could lead to "Happy Endings" getting the "Cougar Town" midseason treatment or being forced to air in a new, less protected time period where success is far from guaranteed.