The Cul-de-Sac Crew is making their next move, and it will be on TBS instead of ABC. After a struggling third season and a deal between TBS and ABC to continue the show on another network, Cougar Town will definitely be continuing on into season 4 with a 15-episode pickup by TBS:
“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.”
CT's fourth season is slated to air in early 2013, but before you reach for your own Big Carl, you might want to know that in line with the show's new direction, creator Bill Lawrence will be stepping down as showrunner:
It turns out Lawrence and co-creator Kevin Biegel are indeed planning to step back from day-to-day oversight of Cougar Town. They'll remain actively involved in the creative direction of the show, but Lawrence, Biegel, and Cox are now hunting for a new showrunner to oversee the first batch of ten episodes for TBS. It's unclear yet whether they'll bring in someone from the outside or look from within the show's current writing ranks.
So Bill and Kevin will still be sticking around as Cougar Town makes its transition to cable, but as Courteney Cox (Jules) puts it, "it's a fresh start".
"As a producer, I can't wait. This is a fresh start. It will feel like the same show, but we're going to have a new [showunner], there will be new people, new changes."
Hopefully those "new people" only apply to showrunners and not our fabulous Cul-de-Sac cast. What "new changes" do you hope to see for Cougar Town in season 4?