Cult favorite comedy ‘Cougar Town’ will move to TBS for a 15-episode season airing early 2013.
Never a ratings powerhouse, the series has faced an uphill battle while on ABC. The network moved its timeslot several times before benching the comedy last season for two months and bumping it to a mid-season slot for its third season. If it wasn’t for the failure of the comedy Work It, there’s no guarantee the series would have even had a proper season.
Deadline was the first to report the possibility of a pickup by TBS back on May 6. Nellie Andreeva wrote, “I’ve learned that TBS has been in talks with Cougar Town producer ABC Studios about potentially picking up the series starring Courtney Cox if ABC ends up canceling it. Sources close to the situation stress that the conversations are preliminary and that transitioning a broadcast series to cable is always tricky financially. “Should the show become available, TEN looks at all opportunities presented to us that fit our brand,” a rep for TBS’ parent Turner Entertainment Networks said, declining further comment.”
TBS’ acquisition gives the network rights to all previous 61 episodes for re-airing. Beginning in 2013, TBS will air a 15-episode season.
Michael Wright, the president of TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies stated, “Cougar Town is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters. 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 will join these already-announced new comedies on the TBS network: Wedding Band, a new comedy series starring Brian Austin Green, Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson and Sullivan & Son, a new sitcom starring comedian Steve Byrne with a notable executive producer in Vince Vaughn.