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ABC has given an early second-season pickup to freshman comedies Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle, network president Steve McPherson said Tuesday.

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"It really, creatively, was just a wonderful fall; hats off to my comedy team. ... It really was quite a challenge," McPherson said.

Modern Family, which stars Ed O'Neill and Julie Bowen, has been the most-watched new comedy this season and earned a Golden Globe nomination. Courteney Cox also earned a Globe nod for her role in Cougar Town, which is the No. 2 new comedy of the season.

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The Middle, starring Patricia Heaton, hit a ratings high among adults 18-to-49 during its Jan. 6 airing. All three shows received quick, full-season orders after their strong starts, while the Kelsey Grammer vehicle Hank was canceled after only five episodes.