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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At first I thought OMG, 'that's the beginning of the end of CT'. But now I think maybe it's not so bad, because CT won't face competition with American Idol with this schedule.
Only the AI premiere on the 19th of january will run against CT. From Jan. 26th till Feb. 9th AI only runs from 8:00-9:00pm From Feb. 16th to Mar. 30th AI runs two hours, so it'll run against Mr. Sunshine. Starting Apr. 6th AI will switch to 90-Minute Episodes, from 9:30-10:00 pm the new series "Breakin in" will start airing. So, when CT is back, AI is already away from CT's slot, instead 7 of the 9 episodes of 'Mr Sunshine' had to air against AI, only the 1st and the last are 'Idol free'. Of course it's hard to wait 10 weeks for new CT episodes, but perhaps the 9-week-break is not too bad for CT on the whole ;-)

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It wasn't dumped, they are just making sure at least one of their new shows succeeds. Mr. Sunshine will run its course through February and March and if it does well (which it should, after MF), it will be renewed for September 2011. Cougar Town will be renewed as well, it's been a consistent performer for ABC.

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dumbasses why couldn't they bump the middle instead?that show is annoying

Saad-khan

Off the Map after On Comedy Night? that's utterly weird :-O

Saad-khan

Why Cougar town was Dumped ... I think it was going Great even in rating? that's weird ;-/ maybe Courtenay need some time off all separation drama??

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