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‘Imaginary Mary’ Order Cut to 9 Episodes by ABC

ABC has cut its series order for “Imaginary Mary” from 13 episodes to 9, Variety has confirmed. The move comes before the freshman comedy even secured a premiere date, with the network currently slating it for midseason.

The reduced order is a troubling sign for the show, which stars Jenna Elfman as a woman in her 30s whose childhood imaginary friend — voiced by Rachel Dratch — suddenly reenters her life. The series hales from Adam F. Goldberg and David Guaracio of ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” It was one of four comedies ordered by ABC for the new season, along with “Speechless,” “Downward Dog,” and “American Housewife.” “Speechless” has drawn solid initial ratings on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. “Speechless” and “Downward Dog,” like “Imaginary Mary,” are being held for midseason.

The early success of “Speechless” means that ABC is unlikely to need to move any of the other three freshman comedies up into the fall.

“Imaginary Mary” is the first new show of the season to have its order reduced.

Doug Robinson executive produces the series with Goldberg, Guarascio, Shawn Levy, who directed the pilot, and Patrick Osborne, who designed the animation for imaginary-friend Mary. It is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison and ABC Studios.

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