ABC announces midseason schedule, but where's 'Cougar Town'?
November 21st, 2011
03:14 PM ET

ABC announces midseason schedule, but where's 'Cougar Town'?

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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  1. Cougar creations

    Estas mujeres cougars diseñan sus propias maquinaciones y preparan cada acción en silencio. Saben que deberán poner a punto sus mejores artimañas para atrapar a hombres apolos para que no se dén a la fuga. Ya sabemos que mujeres maduras mayores de 40 saben hasta dónde llegar y tienen claros sus objetivos y cómo conseguirlos.

    Cuando localizan la ansiada presa, apolos deseables, van en su búsqueda. Las cougars, mujeres de 40 y más, prefieren hombres apolos bastante menores a ellas, mostrarán sus garras sin dudarlo apenas marquen al cervatillo, animal esbelto y con gracia que atrae a esta mujer cougar con ganas y deseos de engullirlo sin el más mínimo esfuerzo en masticarlo. Pero lo saboreará y disfrutará para lograr su fin. Complacida por su caza, descansará luego a la sombra de algún árbol relamiéndose.
    Contactos con mujeres maduras

    January 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Always enjoyed watching Cougar Town with my wife. But they seem to be stringing the fans along. Maybe it will come back, maybe not. Maybe they change the name, maybe not. Etc. Don't know if we're willing to put up with it any longer. So we might just not bother watching when (if) it ever comes back.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed

    My wife and I love watching cougar town together. We can't wait to have it back. it is our favorite show in the line up.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Wayne

    Cougar Town should be picked up by a station that appreiciates the talent the have. ABC can have the garbage like "The Bachelor" or "Wife Swap". Bring back the good shows. The funny shows.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dan b

    abc pretty much axes couger town, but puts on the crappy new show about crossdressers. abc dropped the ball and lost another viewer.their lineup is pathetic.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack King

    DAMMIT! Community and Cougar Town are two of the funniest show son TV! In fact, Community is the only comedy I watch on that crappy NBC. Give them full seasons!!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. elrod

    really upset that abc didnt put cougar town back where it belongs, seems like a lot of people like the show, me I LOVED IT!!!!
    everyone should e mail abc, im going to and ask they keep cougar town, reallly miss that show, and bye the way cougar town is NOT where dried up hags live, (demi moore is far from a dried up hag) E,K, you need to get your eyes checked.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Snorlax

    Get rid of all this garbage and bring back "Mannix". Now!

    November 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T

    Have you ever noticed that the characters on "Cougar Town" likes to awful LOT of booze ?
    We'll probably see an "long stint in rehabilitation center" story arc on the show or "Courtney Cox's character needs a new LIVER and gets a donation...from Cougar Barbara"... that ought to thrill Abed over in "Community".

    If not, Abed still has "Inspector Space-time" to enjoy....or the next straight-to-DVD edition of "Kickpuncher". (LOL)

    November 22, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Namaste

    Celebrity wife swap? Really? Isn't that what Hollywood does every day? When is this "reality tv" going to end?

    November 22, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. ~*$*~

    ..y is it when ppl don't agree with what another says – they always have to make a wise comment to the person about taking meds. Anyway, saw the first few shows and it didn't do it for me. Yawn fest.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. us

    Seriously! We love Cougar Town. Anyone for a vase of wine? This show is so much fun. Keep your pseudo-reality crap. I have stopped watching anything labeled as reality TV, there is nothing realistic about it! Bring back the gang, even TOM.

    November 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fan

    Please, bring back Cougar Town.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gman

    I don't watch it but ABC is going to be the awfully bad channel in a few years at the rate they're going producing reality crap. Their whole daytime network schedule will be FOUR reality talk shows next September. I won't watch the network after that except for taped episodes of 'Castle'.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evel Knievel

    Isn't Cougar Town where dried up hags like Demi Moore live?

    November 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sad Fan

    Sad. I love Couger Town.. I wont watch the reality junk. So guess I wont be watching ABC either... There is something to say for professional actors.. Oh well, bye bye ABC...

    November 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Patty in Philly

    Thank God! It's a stupid show anyway.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jackie

    It is a mind boggling coup, my friends. How have TV network executives and the media brainwashed society by putting trash on the small screen (snooki, the situation, and don't get me started on the kardashians), by calling it 'entertainment' and by suggesting we believe these people have 'star status' and are worth watching, by making more money than ever–leaving real artists and writers without jobs and leaving us with illiterate, ignorant programs: we may need to occupy hollywood next. Meet me on the walk!

    November 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      I'm with you. And it isn't limited to TV; more and more movies are sequels and remakes. They don't seem to want to pay actual writers for original material anymore.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ABC is cutting back on "Cougar Town" episodes

    Looks like I'll be cutting back on watching ABC!

    November 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. draven94

    why why why do all the great shows get pushed aside for more FAKE reality bs. and you know where to stick shows like happy endings and park and rec sideways!!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Cait

    Bummer! I love Cougar Town! It's hilarious! Kind of like FRIENDS only replacing the coffee cups with wine funny! I hope they do bring it back we absolutely have enough reality shows sick of them.

    November 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Where is Cougar Town?!?!

    I LOVE this show, funny and sweet and easy to watch and enjoy. Stop the reality trash shows and bring back Cougar Town!

    November 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janell

      Yeah! I love Cougar Town, best show!

      November 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Cougartown, ABC really got this wrong! Funny contempoary, believeable comedy. I don't know anyone I've talked to who doesn't like this show. Great cast and good writers. So many people asking what and where is Cougartown. "Come on man!" Do what you got to do. This is a primetime show.

      November 22, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  23. Cath

    They're CHEAP that's why. When stars command less per episode and they find writers who can actually write, we'll have good stuff to watch. Reality shows cost little because most of the people on them are using them to get a career, and they're not "starts". Just like sports guys, you can get some 5th round draft pick for nothing, but Michael Vick will cost you a $100 mil, because no one wants to watch the rookie. Sucks....I'd rather watch reruns of MASH or Law and Order, now there's some good writing/acting!

    November 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Missing CougarTown!!!!

    Get rid of the crap reality shows who the he** cares about stupid people acting stupid in front of the camera and getting paid. Put the good shows on, or for that matter get rid of the shows that are not as good as CougarTown, like Happy endings so STUPID!!!! Stop trying to redo friends you will never live up to it.

    November 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. gwy

    ABC banking on reality shows??? Bring back the sitcoms tried and true, Cougar Town is great sitcom, remember when ABC was on top??? Sitcoms lead the way!!! Bring um back!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Marceia

    I'm MAD!! Everytime Courtney has a show that I love it gets cut or cancelled! First Dirt now this! I love Cougar Town!!!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • christy Golen

      I think the show is funny and witty. It is one of my favorites along with Raising Hope, Rules of Engagement and 2 Broke Girls.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ETW

    Networks are out of control with reality shows. Seriously? Celebrity Wife Swap? Who gives a sh**? "Cougar Town" was a good show without a lot of drama. It was easy to watch and just as easy to enjoy. Put it back on and get rid of "Celebrity ________". We don't need it.

    November 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barsto

      I couldn't agree with you more! And 15 episodes instead of 22 is a total ripoff. I remember when seasons ran 25 episodes. The industry execs are like monkeys who throw crap and just see what sticks. Try finding a quality sitcom these days, it's nearly impossible. Because I don't care for teenage moms, spoiled housewives, Kardashians and fake looking for love shows I find myself most nights tuned into HGTV. Somebody needs to put me in charge of programming!

      December 4, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  28. ck

    Really – aren't there enough reality shows already on TV. Pretty soon I wont need a TV any more....seriously people go outside and live in the reality. This is a bummer...I really like Cougar Town – its funny, its entertainment....its an escape from reality....very disappointing ABC – you are providing less and less shows on your channel that i will watch.....i would rather watch reruns of Friends and other shows than another reality show.....for reals!!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  29. realitytvsucks

    I am so sick and tired of all the BS reality TV shows. Enough is enough, networks continue to cancel good TV shows, or end them just to put mindless crappy Reality Shows on the air. Seriously?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Its just as bad as a station still calling itself MTV, when there is no MUSIC!!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Ratings don't lie; they keep coming up with more reality TV shows because that's what so many morons out there are watching these days. Scary, isn't it?

      November 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      I agree.
      Can't stand those so-called "reality shows" and I remember a time when there was music videos on M-TV, too bad they can't go back to the original programming.

      November 22, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  30. Anomic Office Drone

    Abed is going to be bummed out.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. @observer

    You're nothing but a liberal stooge!

    November 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Observer

    Just as good that "Cougar Town" is going away. Liberal garbage, to be sure.


    November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 123originator

      Good. She's over the hill.Frumpy with that frumpy hairstyle.Bring on something that is alive and fresh.Enough of the "over the hill frump"

      November 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demon X

      Well Observer if you dont't like it don't watch it and go back watching your secret crush O'Reilly moron!

      November 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Blitzfick

      It's "funny" how GOP-tards think usiing the word "liberal" as a pejorative scores any points.All it demonstrates is that their ill-informed idiots.

      November 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seanumich

      1.favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
      2.( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
      3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
      4.favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
      5.favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

      Sounds like something intelligent people desire. Liberal is a GOOD thing.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You again. Ugh. The political nut job who turns everything anti-left and gets excited when his (non)comment goes up first.

      November 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rhonda williams

      I really think it is bs...cougartown is a very funny sitcom...I just dont understand why the networks cut shows so quick

      December 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livon

      LOL double R

      January 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

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