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'Cougar Town' Keeps Airing Despite Courteney Cox's Absence

November 23, 2009 (3:22 am) GMT
The actress who is the core of the show has completed at least three episodes that will stretch until early next year.

is taking a leave from filming her new sitcom "" to attend to a family matter. "We can confirm production on Cougar Town has been temporarily shut down in order for Courteney to deal with a private family matter," an ABC rep released a statement on Sunday, November 22.

Although what kind of family affair is not disclosed, ABC said that the absence won't affect the show immediately. Cox apparently has shot enough episodes to keep fans entertained until early next year. At least three episodes have been completed and will be aired on November 25, December 9 and January 6, 2010.

The January episode in particular is guest starring Cox's former "Friends" co-star, , who will be playing a mean dermatologist that Cox's character keeps going to. It is still unclear whether ABC will anticipate Cox's absence with contingency plan of shooting without her.

Airing every Wednesdays along with other half-hour comedies, "Cougar Town" survived ABC's casualties and has been picked up for a full 22-episode order.

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