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CLICK!--Rom-com cliches, cloying cutesies from 'A to Z'.

The new romcom series "A to Z" is cloyingly cute, brimming with situations and characters that feel familiarso familiar, that it's like the "aww"inducing love child of hit romcom flicks.

That said, the saccharine romance of these factoryissue characters can be quite persuasive, thanks to decent storytelling and solid portrayals.

Created by Ben Queen ("Cars 2," "Drive"), "A to Z" refers to lovers Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti). The series is a "comprehensive account of their relationship," according to the narrator (Katey Sagal).

Titles are alphabetical ("A is for Acquaintances," etc.), the chosen word corresponding to subject tackled, or at least mentioned, in the episode.

Andrew is a gushing romantic who works in a dating website; Zelda is a guarded, lessemotional personunsurprisingly, she's a lawyer who's cynical about love. They make a connection, regardless, and start dating soon enough, intrigued by each otherit's revealed in the first episode that they saw each other years prior, when she was in another relationship.

There's a checklist of potential conflicts. Trust is a big deal; undisclosed matters get unearthed via the Internet, and so on. But whatever misunderstandings are presented, they almost always get resolved quickly and cleanly it's barely a halfhour show, and the rather formulaic story is stretched across segments.

Charm, chemistry

Speaking of formulas, the main characters' best friends Stu (Henry Zebrowski) and Lydia (Lenora Crichlow) share a romantic past, confoundingly, their more comical lovehate dynamic offsetting Andrew and Zelda's more intimate rapport.

Feldman ("Living With Fran," "Drop Dead Diva") looks like Scott Baio's doppelgangerit's a little eerie, but he's charming in his own way. There's chemistry with Milioti (the mom from "How I Met Your Mother"), who makes the most cliched moments watchable, even interesting.

It could benefit from more quirky bits, like the Lea Thompson guest appearance and a "Back to the Future"related gag in the first episode.

However, the show's days are numberedreports say that it was recently canceled, but that finished episodes will be aired. That's not entirely unexpected, but the abrupt shortening may still show sides to it that aren't sappy replicas of other cutesy romcom stories. Here's hoping.

("A to Z" airs Mondays, 9:30 p.m. on ETC.)

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Date:Nov 10, 2014
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