'Cougar Town' Renewed for Fourth Season; Moves to TBS

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May 10th, 2012

Cougar Town will live on with a 15 episode fourth season on TBS.

via press release:

TBS Takes Over Cougar Town

Cougar Town, the acclaimed sitcom starring Golden Globe® 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 Tur ner 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 (S crubs, 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 seri es King of the Nerds (working title), hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.

About TBS
TBS is basic cable's #1 network among young adults in primetime. Available in 100 million households, TBS features the Emmy®-nominated late-night series Conan, starring Conan O’Brien; and original primetime comedy series like Men At Work, Sullivan & Son, Cougar Town, Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse, Wedding Band and King of the Nerds (w.t.). TBS also features an outstanding slate of contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, as well as blockbuster movies and championship sports. In addition, TBS produces special live comedy events, like the star-studded comedy festival held each year in Chicago.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on televis ion and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 
  • Lucas

    People trashing ABC for having passed on the show: really? It was doing 1.3, with no prospect of better ratings ahead. I’m just happy they found some other network for it. The 3rd season has been surprisingly great, the best so far.

  • Alex

    nice to see cable shows taking advantage of these comedies that are close to syndication. Rules of Engagement next?

  • Max

    Congratulations Cougar Town cast I knew it was coming to TBS

  • Victor Hugo

    This is so awesome, I was actually just enjoying this season with the idea that was going to be the last one, the ratings was so low, but thanks God it was renewed!

    I’m hoping they do a title card bit about the change in the season finale!!!

    I don’t get why ppl sy this season sucks! Really, it’s the best season yet, ok it isnt the most laugh out loud, but it has a story that it goes on all season, and we are knowing better the characters each episode, and I love this, this season is so cute!!! *-*

  • Nick

    Phew! Now Community has at least another season of story lines ;).

  • cheryl m

    tbs is another network i don’t watch,now if only they would pick up something id like to watch.

  • Amy

    Yay!! Best news so far today!

    So, I guess the two that had signed on to other pilots (Josh Hopkins and Dan Byrd) have to continue with CT now. Hopefully whatever the pilots were that they had signed on to will be flops! I would hate to see them have to pass up shows that end up big.

  • zen

    @Amy

    Josh Hopkins’ pilot Lady Friends is already dead; NBC won’t order it to series.

    But we don’t know the fate of Dan Byrd’s CBS sitcom, which will now, thank God, see a recasting, if it does get picked up.

  • Fake Me Out

    @ George

    … but what does it mean exactly for the actors from the show who are involved w/other pilots (if those get picked up)?

    @Liz

    They’re going to stay with Cougar Town. They signed on to new pilots with the understanding that if CT continued production (for any network), their pilot roles would have to be recast.

    Not so fast. Unless the contracts were very, VERY specific, they are likely just tied into the show provided it stays on broadcast TV. Moving to a cable network means they all will need to be signed to new contracts that will pay them less upfront and well as less on the backend. There are union/association contracts that spell out rates based on things like broadcast vs cable vs syndicated shows. I think those cast in new shows will be able to choose which show they wish sign with … unless they could work out a deal/schedule that allows both since they’re talking a 2013 air date.

    In the end good news for the fans, TBD outcome for TBS but I think they will come to regret this decision.

    YMMV

    Help save Endgame and watch season 1 on Hulu and RIP Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

  • Dillan

    Yay. I’ve really enjoyed the third season, a lot more than the first two. Hope it’s a success on TBS!

  • Jeff R

    @Fake Me Out – the actors are tied to CT regardless of network. They’ll be back with CT.

  • Ben

    I hope Cougar Town has the same sucess on TBS, that Futurama has had on Comedy Central (after being cancelled by Fox). Futurama has been very sucessful on Comedy Central, with good ratings, and it won the Emmy Award for Best Animated Series 2010-2011.
    Please TBS, Do Not air Cougar Town in it’s current time slot; Tuesday 8 to 8:30 PM. NCIS is the most watched show Tuesday 8 to 9 PM, (total viewers and 18-to-49 years old). Reruns of NCIS usually get better ratings that most original episodes of any program airing on ABC, Fox, or NBC during that hour.
    Show Cougar Town in a different time slot, on a different day if necessary.

  • Jane

    LOLOLOLOL wait the minuet funniest and coolest shows on tv ???

    The show is good , i agree , but there is so many good shows on air so..

  • Fake Me Out

    @Jeff R

    the actors are tied to CT regardless of network. They’ll be back with CT.

    That may very well be the case but what actor would sign such a contract? Tying them to a show regardless of the medium it appears on and accepting lower pay scales? If I was an actor on CT and my rep had me sign that contract, I’d be looking for new reps right about now.

    YMMV

  • zen

    @Fake Me Out

    Apparently, Cougar Town’s actors don’t care about money. They just want to be on a show that they enjoy.

  • were123

    This is a very good news for CT fans, it may live pretty long on TBS

  • Fennerbender

    Congrats Cougar Townies!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Apparently, Cougar Town’s actors don’t care about money. They just want to be on a show that they enjoy.”

    You’re joking, right?

    Even so, while broadcast primetime is the biggest payday for actors as a general rule, cable paydays for a bigger network like TBS beat the hell out of almost any other actor pay alternative.

  • JustToClarify

    Fantastic news, I hope the series can continue producing quality episodes on TBS. In addition, I hope that the international broadcaster that the show airs on in the U.K./Ireland stick with Cougar Town for its fourth season.

  • Paul

    It was a good show the first year but they tamed down the comedy the 2nd season with silly jokes that fell flat and made Cox’s character less cougar(ish). I predict it will be canceled after this last season on TBS. However, if they get back to the original premise of the cougar chasing young guys theme it might last? Since it’s cable they can be more risky then the Disney owned ABC network.

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