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HAPPY ENDINGS
Air Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time Slot: 9:31 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#HE101) "Pilot"
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PREMIERE

WHEN A COUPLE SPLITS, WHO GETS TO KEEP THE FRIENDS? ABC'S NEW COMEDY ABOUT MODERN FRIENDSHIP, "HAPPY ENDINGS," PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 AT A SPECIAL TIME

"Pilot" -- Forget who gets to keep the ring - when a couple splits, the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? Alex and Dave's wedding was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, for them and their long-time friends´┐Ż until Alex leaves groom-to-be Dave at the altar. The breakup, in the words of one pal, is a "huge game changer" that will complicate everyone's lives and make everyone question their own choices, in ABC's new comedy, "Happy Endings," premiering at a special time WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Please note: The series' regular time period will be Wednesdays from 10:00-10:30 p.m., ET.

Until the unhappy event, perfect couple Alex and Dave were the glue that kept their social circle together, including Alex's sister, Jane, a suburban housewife, and her buttoned-up husband, Brad, who are trying to start a family but who are so shocked by what happened that they can't maintain their pre-pregnancy no-meat, no alcohol cleanse; Max, their gay friend; and Penny, who worries about never finding the right guy. After the wedding fiasco, the group rallies around good guy Dave.

Alex returns, alone, and tries to explain why she broke up with Dave. Bo, the guy Dave assumes she left him for, turns out not to have been the reason Alex ran away. She'd been questioning her feelings for Dave for some time (probably his "romantic" gift of $40 cash for Valentine's Day didn't help), but just couldn't bring herself to hurt him. Dave points out that this is the sort of thing you discuss before the wedding. They strike a truce, but it's not going to be easy. Now that they've split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane and Penny have to choose sides? Suddenly every event is a negotiation. There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but these friends will eventually figure it out. "Happy Endings" offers a fresh and funny take on modern friendship and what one urban family will do to stay together.

"Happy Endings" stars Eliza Coupe ("Scrubs") as Jane, Elisha Cuthbert ("24") as Alex, Zachary Knighton ("FlashForward") as Dave, Adam Pally as Max, Damon Wayans, Jr. ("The Underground") as Brad and Casey Wilson ("Saturday Night Live") as Penny. Guest starring are Mikaela Hoover as Jackie, Ryan Sypek as Todd and Travis Van Winkle as Bo.

Created by co-executive producer David Caspe (upcoming feature "I Hate You Dad"), "Happy Endings" is executive-produced by Jamie Tarses ("HawthoRNe"), Jonathan Groff ("How I Met Your Mother"), Anthony & Joe Russo ("Arrested Development," "Community"). "Pilot" was written by David Caspe, directed by Anthony & Joe Russo. The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

"Happy Endings" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.

For more information on "Happy Endings," visit ABC.com.

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