Michael Slezak
November 22, 2009 AT 06:41 PM EST

ABC’s Cougar Town may have halted production while star Courteney Cox deals with a “private family matter,” but three completed, unaired episodes will keep fans of the hit freshman sitcom satisfied until early 2010. An ABC spokesperson says new Cougar Town episodes are slated for Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, as well as Jan. 6, 2010 (with guest star Lisa Kudrow), which, combined with the eight episodes already aired, would  mean the show is halfway through its full-season 22-episode order. An ABC rep had no comment on whether the network had a contingency plan — such as shooting some episodes without Cox’s Jules, and focusing on some of the show’s ensemble players — if Cox’s absence proved to be a long one. (Related: The 10 best zingers from last week’s Cougar Town episode.)

Image Credit: Danny Feld/ABC

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