Preview of Episode 1.5 "Shepfather"

Canceled, then bumped. That seems to be the fate of rookie ABC comedy In the Motherhood. After announcing that it won't be renewing the web-inspired series, it has pushed the burning off of return of In the Motherhood to tonight.

Its three-week run was originally slated to kick off June 5 Friday, but instead will start tonight at 8:30pm. Back-to-back repeats of Samantha Who? will fill its original Friday timeslot, while new episodes of the Cristina Applegate-led comedy will serve as its lead in.

On tonight's episode, Jane (Cheryl Hines) starts to feel inadequate as a parent when her boyfriend (that would be Shep) quickly bonds with Horatio (Horatio Sanz) and the kids; Emily (Jessica St. Clair) loses her status as head car pool driver to another neighbor. She is also mentored by Rosemary (Megan Mullally) in the so-called art of getting even.

Last we left In the Motherhood, a "terminally klutzy" Jane rejoined the office kickball team to keep his daughter Annie from quitting karate class. Elsewhere, Emily and Jason became increasingly concerned when Bill's imaginary friend starts acting malicious, and Rosemary brandished her unorthodox baby-whispering skills as she ran a coffee shop parenting seminar.

In the Motherhood also stars RonReaco Lee as Jason. Guest stars include Charlotte Foley as Annie, Sayeed Shahidi as Bill, Ken Marino as Shep, Liz Cackowski as Gretchen and Alex Enriquez as waiter. The ratings of the rookie comedy, inspired by three women who represent real-life everyday moms, has been less than stellar, with 4.6 mil tuning in for its pilot on late March as a midseason replacement.

Catch "Shepfather" tonight 8:30pm on ABC.

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