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ABC Picks Up Wednesday Comedies for Second Season

ABC has given an early second-season pickup to freshman comedies Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle, network president Steve McPherson said Tuesday. ABC beefs up Cougar Town's episode order "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 ...

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ABC has given an early second-season pickup to freshman comedies Modern Family, Cougar Townand The Middle, network president Steve McPherson said Tuesday.
ABC beefs up Cougar Town's episode order

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

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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.

ABC picks up Cougar Town, Modern Family and The Middle for full season

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 Hankwas canceled after only five episodes.