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ABC Schedules Matthew Perry Series, Creates 3-Hour Comedy Block

ABC is firming up its midseason plans, scheduling Matthew Perry's new comedy Mr. Sunshine and Elisha Cuthbert's sitcom Happy Endings.

Sunshine will get the network's best comedy slot, taking over for Cougar Town with a Modern Family lead-in on Wednesdays for nine weeks starting Feb. 9. Cougar will return April 13 and air through the rest of the season.

Once new drama Off the Map has its last airing on April 6, Happy Endings and a "fan favorite" episode of Modern Family will run in the 10 p.m hour -- that's right, the network will have a three-hour comedy block on Wednesdays, just like NBC on Thursdays.

This move was hinted at earlier today when the network announced comedy repeats at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays for the rest of December.

The Wednesday schedule for February 9 through April 6, 2011 is as follows (all times ET):

8:00 p.m.“The Middle”

8:30 p.m.“Better Together”

9:00 p.m.“Modern Family”

9:30 p.m.“Mr. Sunshine”

10:00 p.m.“Off the Map”

The Wednesday schedule beginning Wednesday, April 13, 2011 is as follows:

8:00 p.m.“The Middle”

8:30 p.m.“Better Together”

9:00 p.m.“Modern Family”

9:30 p.m.“Cougar Town”

10:00 p.m.“Happy Endings”

10:30 p.m.“Modern Family” Fan Favorites