ABC turns to familiar comic faces for new season

May 19, 2009 7:42:30 AM PDT
ABC plans to launch a comedy night on Wednesdays this fall with familiar sitcom stars in roles suited to the times. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

Former "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer is the lead character of "Hank," playing a corporate titan who's been laid off. In "The Middle," former "Everybody Loves Raymond" actress Patricia Heaton is the wife and mother in a family from Indiana trying to keep their heads above water in tough times.

Courteney Cox of "Friends" is the lead of "Cougar Town," playing a newly single woman learning about dating in a youth-obsessed culture.

ABC will have 11 new series next season. One familiar show left off the schedule is Christina Applegate's "Samantha Who?"

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