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YOU’RE go­ing to look at Happy End­ings and think, I don’t know, pricey mas­sage? Or Friends. Please don’t. It’s bet­ter than that. Edgier. But I ex­pect a fairly ma­jor viewer drop-off af­ter The X-fac­tor fi­nal tonight. I’m afraid I can’t see a lot of six-year-olds and their grand­moth­ers dig­ging this show.

The group con­fig­u­ra­tion cov­ers al­most every­thing: gay dude who’s blokey enough to be in­cluded in beer drink­ing and foot­ball watch­ing. Ter­mi­nally sin­gle chick. Sen­si­tive guy com­ing off a bad break-up. The girl who dumped him. Her Type A sis­ter, her re­laxed hus­band. No­body’s made a new friend in 11 years. Couldn’t. The guy and the girl who split up, Dave and Alex, and the whole will-they- get-back-to­gether-again saga, is the hook here, but Happy End­ings is a point­less sit­com, the way they’re meant to be. Plus it’s funny. Let me give you a for in­stance. Alex (Elisha Cuth­bert) has to find a flat­mate — in tonight’s sec­ond episode — and sis­ter Jane is beg­ging to take over the vet­ting. I’m just say­ing you may not be the best judge of char­ac­ter, she tells her. Cut to

Bro­ken up: Elisha Cuth­bert

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