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The pilot for this new series doesn't bode quite as well [as Awkward, Teen Wolf, and Finding Carter] but could end up being fun as it explores the employee side of working in a theme park.
It would be almost impossible not to be smitten by Bianca Santos as Lucy Velez in the new MTV soap Happyland. She's that winning.
The series' aim is to prove life can provide enough fodder to fuel fairy tales with enough bite to take on anything in the Grimm brothers' catalog, but so far Happyland is too mild mannered to provoke much more than vague interest.
Happily the show uses these coming-of-age topics to bolster a decent female lead who copes with adversity in admirable ways, even if some of her circumstances are a little far-fetched and the plot fairly mundane.
This half-hour series, which is only mildly funny on occasion ... doesn't have much new to offer beyond its fairly unique setting and an end-of-premiere reveal that producers already suggested turns out to be a red herring.
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