November 21st, 2011
03:14 PM ET
Say it ain't so, Courteney Cox! Entertainment Weekly reports that ABC is cutting back on its order of new "Cougar Town" episodes after the comedy was mysteriously missing from the network's midseason schedule, which was released Friday.
As was the case with "Community," there was confusion from "Cougar Town" fans when they didn't spot a premiere date and time for the ABC show.
The network has lined up slots for "Celebrity Wife Swap," "Work It," and "GCB (formerly "Good Christian Belles," and before that, "Good Christian Bitches")," but not for two other anticipated new series: Shonda Rhimes' "Scandal" and Krysten Ritter's "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23."
According to EW, those series will air eventually, as will "Cougar Town" - it's just that we'll see less of it.
ABC has reportedly ordered 15 episodes of "Cougar Town" instead of 22. The website cites industry insiders who say the lower number of episodes is more a reflection of juggling their content than an indication that something's amiss with "Cougar Town."
Says ABC from its official Twitter account, "Don't worry #CougarTown fans, the show is coming back next year...we just don't have the date yet!"
For now, ABC has the new show "Work It" premiering January 3 at 8:30 p.m., and "Celebrity Wife Swap" on right after at 9 p.m.
"Winter Wipeout" will premiere January 5 at 8 p.m.; "Shark Tank" on February 3 at 8 p.m.; "The River" on February 7 at 9 p.m. ; and "GCB" on March 4 at 10 p.m.
Ashley Judd's "Missing" will bow on March 15 at 8 p.m., and the next season of "Dancing With the Stars" will kick off March 19, also at 8 p.m.
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