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ABC cuts 'In the Motherhood' order

March 27, 2009 |  8:36 pm

Getprev6_3 A day after premiering the single-camera comedy "In the Motherhood," ABC has cut its episode order by half.

Based on the Web series of the same name, the series chronicles the lives of three mothers, played by Cheryl Hines, Megan Mullaly and Jessica St. Clair, (pictured) in different stages of parenting, using ideas and stories generated from real-life mothers.

The show had the unfortunate timing of launching against "American Idol," which aired on Wednesday and Thursday this week because of President Obama's Tuesday night press conference. As a result, it was slaughtered by "Idol" on Fox and NCAA Basketball on CBS.

ABC Entertainment Group President Steve McPherson ordered the show straight to series after the writer's strike, asking executive producers Ali Rushfield and Jenni Konner to develop 13 episodes. Today, according to sources, McPherson cut the order to seven.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

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