ABC has picked up all three of its new Wednesday-night comedies for next season.
“The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” will all be back for the 2010-11 season, ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson announced Tuesday (Jan. 12) at the TV Critics Association press tour.
McPherson also says that the current seasons of all three shows will have more than 22 episodes, which will help fill in the 8 o’clock Wednesday spot formerly occupied by “Hank.”
The news is less good for the network’s other comedies, “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted.” McPherson says it’s not the network’s intent to burn them off — despite double-running both on recent Tuesdsay nights. “We’ve obviously been disappointed” with the ratings for “Ted” and “Scrubs,” but he says the network won’t make a decision on their futures until later.
There’s also a possibility that one of the Tuesday shows could fill in at 8 p.m. Wednesday for a time, although McPherson isn’t sure “Scrubs” or “Ted” is compatible with the family-centric Wednesday series. The Alyssa Milano show “Romantically Challenged” is another contender for the spot; it’s in production now.
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