‘Cougar Town’ Moving From ABC to TBS

A fourth season of the Courteney Cox series "Cougar Town" will begin airing early next year

Last Updated: May 10, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

The Courteney Cox series "Cougar Town" is moving to TBS from ABC.

The series had been ailing in the ratings since its return to the air earlier this year following a prolonged absence.

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After initially being left off of ABC's 2012 schedule, the series replaced the short-lived cross-dressing comedy "Work It" in February, but failed to gain traction in the ratings. Its most recent episode on Tuesday did enjoy a 15-percent boost in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, posting a 1.5 rating/4 share in the demo, but that was up from a series low the previous week.

Reports that the series could join TBS began to emerge earlier this week.

ABC will air the remaining episodes of Season 3, beginning with back-to-back episodes on May 15. The show will be pre-empted by "Dancing With the Stars" on May 22, but will return for its hour-long finale on May 29.

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As part of the move, TBS has gained repeat rights to the series' first three seasons.

"'Cougar Town' is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters" Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movie, said in a statement announcing the pickup. "We are thrilled to have Cougar Town moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series."

Co-created by "Scrubs" team Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel,"Cougar Town" stars Cox as a newly divorced mother struggling to adjust to the single life. Cox and her estranged husband are executive producers for the series, which is produced by ABC Studios.

"Cougar Town" joins a growing slate of original programming for TBS, which includes the Danny Masterson comedy "Men At Work," premiering May 24, and the sitcom "Sullivan & Son," which launches in July.

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