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COUGAR TOWN To
Leap From ABC To TBS!!

Published at: May 10, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!

It’s official: after three seasons on ABC, “Cougar Town” will see its fourth season air in 2013 on TBS.

There’s no word yet on how many episodes the fourth season will comprise.

The series, created by “Scrubs” vets Kevin Beigel (a longtime Ain’t It Cool writer discovered by the filmmaking Farrelly Bros. via this site) and Bill Lawrence, premiered with a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49, fell last week to a series low of 1.3 before bouncing back to a 1.5 this week.

Biegel is no stranger to basic cable, having served on the “South Park” staff several years ago.

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TBS Takes Over "Cougar Town"

Cougar Town, the acclaimed sitcom starring Golden Globe(R) nominee Courteney Cox, is moving to TBS. The top-rated network has ordered a fourth season of Cougar Town, to begin airing in early 2013. In addition, TBS has garnered the encore rights to Cougar Town's first three seasons of 61 episodes that originally aired on ABC.

"Cougar Town is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters" said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We are thrilled to have Cougar Town moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series."

In Cougar Town, Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently divorced mom struggling with the challenges and pitfalls that come with a new chapter in her life. Jules spends much of her time enjoying wine with her group of friends known as the "cul de sac crew." They include her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt); next-door neighbor and confidante Ellie (Christa Miller); Ellie's loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez); Jules' fiancé and neighbor, Grayson (Josh Hopkins); and Jules' feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps). Meanwhile, Jules' college-student son, Travis (Dan Byrd), often proves himself more adult than anyone in the group.

Cougar Town was co-created by executive producer/writer/director Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) and executive producer/writer Kevin Biegel (Scrubs). Courteney Cox and David Arquette also serve as executive producers. Cougar Town is produced by ABC Studios.

Cougar Town is the latest project to join TBS's ever-growing slate of original series. The lineup also includes the May 24 debut of the new buddy comedy series Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy, Adam Busch and Meredith Hagner. In July, TBS will launch Sullivan & Son, a new sitcom starring comedian Steve Byrne and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Rob Long. This year will also include the debut of Wedding Band, a new scripted comedy series starring Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore. TBS will set out to crown the ultimate nerd in the reality-competition series King of the Nerds (working title), hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.

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  • May 10, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Best name for a show ever!

    by JediRob

    Oh wait.

  • May 10, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I think I'm okay with this

    by cookepuss

    Everybody has their personal tastes and I can understand if people didn't like it. However, it's hard to deny that ABC did a major screw job to CT and treated it with no respect. I'll follow it to TBS.

  • I know that it started off kinda rocky, but it turned out to be soapy fun; junk food for the eyes. CW should give it another chance. Besides, it's not as if they've got the most robust slate on TV. Shame that FOX killed Alcatraz too. It wasn't a great show, but it always pisses me off when they end shows on a cliffhanger, especially one where it appears that the protagonist is dead. (Plus, there was the Parminder Nagra factor. I'd watch her read the dictionary.)

  • May 10, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    happybunni

    by Hercules

    JAG started on NBC.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Charles in Charge and Baywatch...

    by OldDickLemon

    Both had lengthy runs in syndication after failing on the major networks. What does this mean? Nicole Eggert MUST move on to the cul de sac immediately.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Let's see...

    by cookepuss

    - Medium moved from NBC to CBS and lasted another 2 seasons. - Sliders moved from FOX to Sci-Fi and lasted another 2 seasons. - Buffy.... CW to UPN... 2 more seasons. Cougar Town is probably safe for another 2 seasons. TBS could possibly drag it out to a 3rd, pushing them into a 6th and final. For TBS, it makes sense. Cable, even the smaller networks, are now coming into their own with first run programming. Plus, since they routinely 2-3 hour mini-marathons, a few more seasons would give them a pretty solid number of episodes to play ad nauseum like they do with Family Guy or Big Bang Theory.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I wish it would "leap" right off the air

    by Triple_J_72

  • May 10, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    So Eric The Midget will appear next season.

    by BigTuna

  • May 10, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Re: Hercules

    by DookieMercury

    Southland was on NBC before TNT

  • May 10, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Gee...thanks, TBS.

    by Cheif Brody

    Where were ya for Areested Developement? Or Pushing Daisies? Or Fringe? Oh...wait.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Sweet :)

    by Josh

    Wait can't they show a little more racy stuff on TBS that'll be good ;)

  • May 10, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Different Strokes and Golden Girls made the switcheroo

    by Titus05

    but yes they were one and done

  • May 11, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    It wasn't the Golden Girls, it was the Golden Palace

    by F-18

    A spin-off. Golden Girls had a series finale on NBC, the spin-off was one season on CBS.

  • May 11, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Why doesn't cable do this more often?

    by Andrew Coleman

    Saving good shows rocks. Syfy or whatever the fuck they call themselves dropped the ball with Firefly. That shit would be "best of all time level" by now. Glad Cougar Town is still around. Hope Happy Endings does too whether it's ABC or somewhere else.

  • because ... what, the miniscule audience won't be able to follow it? Face facts - you chose a stupid name, and it's hurt your viewing figures for 3 years now. Admit you made a mistake and change it.

  • May 11, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Time to Break Out Big Carl!

    by wrath 4771

  • May 11, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Cougartown

    by wrath 4771

    "Like your name is any better."

  • May 11, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Don't forget Southland

    by BizarroJerry

    It was cancelled by NBC after one season, just before it was going to air a short second season. And it has just been renewed for a FIFTH season on TNT. I didn't like that series, but I have to laugh at NBC for canning it. Though, yes, I suppose some shows just work better on cable.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Seems fans of every show hope for this

    by BizarroJerry

    Like how when every sci-fi show ends, fans want the SciFi channel to pick it up. (Yes, I know it's not spelled that way anymore.) I'm pretty sure that was even a real active rumor for a few shows. Of course, it almost never happens.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Just realized Scrubs did this at the end, too

    by BizarroJerry

    Same producer, too. I wonder who he has dirty pictures of?

  • May 11, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    6 seasons and a movie.

    by viks

  • No kidding. You know your network is literally willing to air anything in order to not air your show when they keep you on the shelf so they can put on "Work It". Think about it: ABC execs saw the "Work It" pilot, ordered a bunch of episodes, saw those, and decided to hold off on "Cougar Town" in the hopes that "Work It" would be a hit. There are people in charge of programming at ABC who thought "Work It" was going to be successful. They thought it was a better choice over "Cougar Town". "Work It", one of the worst shows ever, was believed to be a "good idea" by those in charge at ABC. Honestly, it baffles me.

  • May 11, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Thing is, Hulu doesn't carry any TBS shows...

    by dderidex

    *grumble*grumble* We generally caught CT on Hulu, great quality streaming and reasonable price for Hulu+. I'm not aware of any TBS shows that Hulu carries...

  • May 11, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe TBS can save Community also after next season

    by lowman

    Fuck NBC

  • May 11, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah cougar town is occasionally funny. ABC as a network sucks

    by Norman Colson

    If you need ratings and demographics why not go with your proven hitmakers. Why shelve it? It doesnt make sense either you go hard or go home. I mean it's crazy that CBS is fucking your shit up in the primetime department. ABC has fallen... It used to be so cool to watch but when you wont push the boundries of your viewership what do you expect?

  • May 11, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    disgusting

    by ihatefanboys

    Sad that totally crap shows like this get saved by switching to another network, but there isnt more effort to save shows that are actually worth saving....sickens me.