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Cougar Town: Season Four Renewal, Moving to TBS

fourth season for Cougar TownGreat news for Cougar Town fans. The show’s been dropped by ABC and will move to TBS for a fourth season. The cable channel has ordered 15 new episodes and has also made a deal to air all 61 installments of the first three seasons.

Cougar Town has been struggling in the ratings this season and is currently one of the network’s lowest-rated scripted shows. It’s averaging a 1.5 in the demo with 4.55 million viewers. This move to cable will allow Cougar Town to inch closer to an episode tally that works for general syndication.

When we reported that ABC Studios and TBS were working on a deal last week, it looked like TBS might end up renewing the show for two seasons of 15 episodes each. Presumably, if season four is a success, a fifth season would still be possible. Word is that the cast are locked in for another season already.

Look for season four of Cougar Town to start airing early next year.

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 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.”

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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 series 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.

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Les Carter October 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

I absolutely love Cougar Town. It is clever, funny and original.

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Mishko July 24, 2012 at 4:47 am

SO ELATED SHOW IS RENEWED!! I kept looking on the internet for new episodes, because based on seasons 1 & 2, which had over 22 shows each, I expected season 3 to have that many as well. I had no idea it was on the chopping block and had been axed by AB…who cares. TBS was so smart to pic it up, sometimes it takes shows 4-5 seasons to get noticed and then they have a few more successful yrs and get cancelled just as the audience is primo just because the actors don’t want to renew their contracts. in this case the audience is suppose to be young adults (as per article above) and I think this should be changed to an older demographic such as 40-50 yr olds?
But then a gain it may not matter, I think this show is so witty, charming and leaves you feeling hopeful that we will always be close with the group of friends we have right now. And that you are grateful for the group of close friends you have built your life around. And you know for sure you are loved. The reason Jules is so much more dominant this year because Travis is now at college, it was ok when he was actually living at home f/t. I sincerely hope to see this show suceed, I can see much of myself in Jules and I love her character and Courteney Cox plays her so prefect. Personally I don’t know how they can all drink so much everyday but koodo’s to then I suppose if they can still party it up just like in their 20′s – GO CUL de Sac Crew!!! I really wana keep watching you, thanks TBS!

Cheers!
-m.

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Duane June 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I guess it’s ok that they were renewed. This past season wasn’t very good. Kids always screw up a good adult sitcom. Watch “How I met your Mother” does when a baby comes. Cox’s character has become more dominate this yr. too.

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callensberg June 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

It’s kind of a good show, but also annoying because the charactors can be creepy and unlikable. People need to be able to like the charactors to have a successful sitcome. Or, at least be able to relate to them.

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Anonymous June 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

It’s kind of a good show, but the charactors are creepy and often unlikeable. I think that is why some sitcoms fail.

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Shane June 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

So love this show. It’s awesome in the same way Community is awesome – it’s just light entertainment with really fun writing. I mean seriously, an episode where they play hide and go seek and hide in a truck which makes you want to do the same thing… while drinking wine. It doesn’t get more fun than that!

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Anonymous May 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW! I actually LAUGH OUT LOUD! It’s annoying that people can love a show like the office but have no respect for this one! I’m GLAD it will still be on for another season even if it’s with another network

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rob May 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

The show got low ratings because its not funny. Cox is so much better than the awful show.

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Sean Rooney May 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

Meh. I liked the first 2 seasons but now it’s just lazy & ‘zany’ (feel free to substitute the word stupid) for the sake of being ‘zany’. You can cancel it fullstop as far as this viewer is concerned. Well done ABC.

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steve May 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

YAY RENEW

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