Motherhood, Samantha cut short

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To those of you out there preparing your In the Motherhood finale parties: stop. You're a week late. ABC has decided to pull both In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? from its schedule, which could signal that both shows are being shut down for the rest of the season.

The two shows are being lifted in favor of a Grey's Anatomy repeat; ABC thinks the Grey's repeat will work as a better lead in for this week's new episode of Grey's Anatomy as the medical drama winds down its season.

In the Motherhood has had a tough road to primetime, with its initial order cut from 13 to six early in its production. ABC then decided to pass over the show's sixth episode to bring back Ugly Betty early. Today's move means that In the Motherhood will only get four episodes aired; the show is not expected to return next season.

As for Samantha Who?, the shortening may just be a break. There are still over half a dozen episodes left in the season, which could be saved up for the summer or for next season, if the show gets picked up for a third cycle.

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