'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.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Well worth saving!!!!!

  • Steven Leitner

    TBS, you are now forgiven for rejecting My Name is Earl.

  • DSC

    interesting how this is becoming an ongoing bigger player in today’s shows market, moving networks I mean. It’s been happening an awful lot lately. Not so much “fan excuse bingo” anymore. I mean, most of the stuff still lives and dies on their original network, but Bill Lawrence has a nice case to make otherwise, after Scrubs and now Cougar town move networks. that’s 2 for 2. not bad.

  • Rebecca

    I’m glad the show was saved by TBS; I just hope I can watch it online since I don’t get the channel. Any idea yet when it’ll air?

  • JustToClarify


    Going back to the despised premise of Cox actually playing a cougar would be a terrible idea creatively, I don’t know of anyone that preferred when the series was based around that. In addition, there’s no way the showrunners would allow the show to revert back to that – they openly hated Cougar Town during that period.

  • Air Time

    Man hopefully Community is next and just moves to Comedy Central and stays off of NBC.

  • Rebecca

    Cougar Town was much better when it gave up the cougar/many boyfriends (she had maybe three before getting with Grayson?) storyline. Much better as a cul de sac crew ensemble, although I liked all of season one including the episodes before it got better.

  • BJH

    I wouldn’t call this a network downgrade. I think this is smart. Cable is growing and for the most part catching up to the big networks. Maybe Cougar Town will maintain a (most likely) small audience, but it will be big for TBS.

  • SVU: Fringe Division

    Well maybe we can get some curse words in the show now, ABC doesn’t let them do anything but drink. And I sure hope Community doesn’t move to Comedy Central, what would they pair it with (maybe South Park is the only show compatible with it).

  • Jackie

    This is great news best news all day

    Will this effect it being shown in the uk

  • Samuel

    This is a great opportunity for them to change their name!

  • MJDB


    Early 2013

  • MJDB


    Early 2013.

  • Jeff R

    They won’t change the name, but with TBS getting rights to the reruns of S 1-3, expect a huge promotional effort on TBS’s part. It’ll be a big opportunity for CT to gain more fans prior to the season 4 debut. ABC barely reran any of season 2 before season 3 finally came back. It’s also not on Netflix, so CT has had hardly any chance to gain a new audience.

    With TBS’s big promotional push and ample replays of S 1-3, I expect CT season 4 to do very well on TBS in January.

  • Richard

    Happy for their fans, but just one more reason for me to keep TBS blocked. I used to watch TBS every night for years but for the last 3 years with the awful Tyler Perry comedies, Conan, The Big Bang Theory, etc. that do not appeal to me at all I hardly ever watch. In fact the only thing I did was George Lopez from time to time. I have not even watched TBS since they cancelled Lopez.

    in fact I have it blocked out on my remote. It just skips over. With that schedule I won’t be changing that decision.

  • Common Anomaly

    ABC reduces Cougar Town’s episode order to 15. Fans are up in arms.
    TBS orders 15 episodes. Fans are ordering drinks all around.

    ABC keeps Cougar Town off the air for 9 months. Boo!
    TBS keeps Cougar Town off the air for 7 months. Woo Hoo?

    Fans state that Last Man Standing was not compatible.
    Cougar Town is not compatible with TBS’s slogan, “Very Funny.”

    Cougar Town fans are a bunch of winers.

    I hope the Cougar Town crew saved their pennies because pay cuts are also coming to TBS.

  • Ram510

    YEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!! This is what I needed to hear! I’m so happy right now I don’t what to do with my self.

    Thank you TBS this makes up for you cancelling My Boys

  • Tommy

    @Common Anomaly

    As a fan of CT I was mad because how the network was handling the show, the same network that eventually tossed the series aside to TBS.

    As a fan though I am grateful for TBS for picking up the series and yes its 15 episodes and we’ll have to wait probably 8 months inbetween episodes, but 15 is better than 0.

  • Person of Interest

    yay can’t wait for season 4

  • JustToClarify

    @SVU: Fringe Division

    I’d be quite worried if Cougar Town resorted to using curse words – it’s smarter than that.

    I mistakenly thought that Bobby uttered a curse word a few episodes back and momentarily lost a lot of respect for the show. Curse words aren’t funny, or smart.

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