It's official: Cougar Town is moving to TBS.
Season 4 of the comedy will consist of 15 episodes and will premiere on the cable network in early 2013. TBS has also purchased the encore rights to the first three seasons of the show that aired on ABC.
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is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters," TBS/TNT head Michael Wright said in a statement. "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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The switch caps a difficult year for the Courteney Cox
-led ensemble comedy. After enduring a nine-month hiatus, Cougar Town
saw its episode order reduced and returned to dismal ratings despite showrunner Bill Lawrence
's grassroots efforts to grow the audience.
This is the second time one of Lawrence's shows has switched networks: Scrubs
moved to ABC after NBC canceled it in 2008.