By James Hibberd
Updated January 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM EST

Here’s a Valentine’s Day present for Cougar Town fans. The comedy is returning to ABC on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 8:30 p.m.

You had to figure with the cancellation of Work It (which was sneakily axed late Friday night) that this was coming, right? That’s why ABC seemingly ignored Cougar Town during its midseason dates announcement — you can’t declare a return date for a series that you suspect is going to take the place of another show that has a high likelihood of not working.

And yet, ABC also demonstrated a sort of accidental brilliance by leaving Cougar Town off its schedule and recent Pasadena press-tour lineup. The decisions seemed to slight the show, yet it galvanized fans and rallied creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel to promote the comedy as an underdog, resulting in more press attention and buzz than if the show been on the schedule all along.

So here’s the new question. Cougar Town used to enjoy the huge Modern Family lead-in on Wednesdays. Now, moving to Tuesdays, its lead-in will be Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, which has gone through two companions in the last few months (Man Up, Work It). Will Last Man Standing and Cougar Town get along?

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