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OTRC: 'Cougar Town' returns to ABC's midseason schedule

Courteney Cox, Josh Hopkins, Busy Philipps, Ian Gomez and Brian Van Holt appear in a still from 'Cougar Town.' (ABC / Adam Rose)

"Cougar Town" has finally returned to ABC's midseason schedule for the show's third season.

The Courteney Cox comedy will join ABC's Tuesday comedy block on Valentine's Day, February 14, with an episode entitled, "Ain't Love Strange."

In the episode, Jules (Cox) gets angry when her boyfriend/neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins) calls her "predictable" and her best friend/neighbor Ellie (Christa Miller) worries that her son Stan is turning into a "devil child" or, heaven forbid, might grow up to be like Laurie (Busy Philipps).

The show has replaced the cross-dressing comedy "Work It," which was canceled last week after airing two episodes. The show featured two men dressing up as women in order to find work and received criticism from LGBT advocacy organizations.

The critically-acclaimed series was conspicuously missing from the lineup when ABC debuted its 2012 midseason schedule in November, leading many fans to worry that it had been canceled.

However, an ABC spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the time, "We haven't announced its return yet but you'll definitely see it next year."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is planning to cut down "Cougar Town's" upcoming third season from 22 to 15 episodes.

A source close to the matter confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com that a full 22-episode order was not needed given the show's later premiere date.

"Cougar Town" stars Cox as a wine-loving Florida real estate agent and follows her relationship with her neighbors, son, ex-husband and co-workers.

The series, which was created by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, debuted in 2009 and has battled several scheduling jumps, but sources told the Hollywood Reporter that ABC still "very much believes in 'Cougar Town.'"

"Cougar Town" is set to return at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 14 on ABC.

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