‘Cougar Town’ Moving From ABC to TBS

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

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.