ABC Announces Midseason Schedule, Bumps Cougar Town for Mr. Sunshine

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Matthew Perry is returning to the small screen, and he's temporarily shoving aside a former Friend in the process.

The sitcom star will premiere Mr. Sunshine on Wednesday, February 9, as ABC shelves Courteney Cox's Cougar Town until April 13. Perry is joined in this comedy - which centers around his job as the manager of a sports arena - by Andrea Anders, James Lesure,  Nate Torrence and Allison Janney.

Excited Laurie!
Matthew Perry as Mr. Sunshine

Happy Endings will also premiere on this date. It stars Elisha Cuthbert and Zach Knighton as an engaged couple that breaks up and must co-exist within the same circle of friends.

So, to recap, here's what ABC's Wednesday night schedule will look like between February 9 and April 6; and then from April 13 until the end of the season:

February 9
8 p.m. The Middle
8:30 p.m. Better with You
9 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Mr. Sunshine
10: p.m. Off the Map

April 13
8 p.m. The Middle
8:30 p.m. Better with You
9 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Cougar Town
10 p.m. Happy Endings
10:30 p.m. Modern Family reruns

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