Cougar Town became the latestÂ show to network hop, as theyÂ made the move from ABC to TBS earlier in the year. With its ratings having fallen due to a poor timeslot, incompatible lead-in, and minimalÂ support from the higher-ups, it had looked like we wereÂ seeing the finalÂ sips of the Cul-de-sac Crew. However, before they could ascend to the big Napa Valley in theÂ sky, though, they were given a reprieve fromÂ TBS, who picked up aÂ fourthÂ season with an option for a fifth. Following the resumption of filming last month, the only question that remained was: When are we going toÂ see more Cougar Town?
The fourthÂ season of Cougar Town will be premiering Tuesday, January 8th on its new network home, according to the originalÂ song below. TheÂ show wasn’t given an exact time, but the network has adopted aÂ strategy for pushing original comedy thisÂ summer that I think will carry over into theÂ season. Using their highly rated reruns of The Big Bang Theory,Â TBS has protected bothÂ shows they’ve debuted thisÂ summer (Men at Work,Â Sullivan &Â Son) and given them the constant promotion andÂ strong lead-in that Cougar Town lacked lastÂ season. TheÂ strategy, placing a newÂ show in midst of aÂ string of reruns, has garnered two renewals, with both originalsÂ set to return forÂ secondÂ seasons at a later date. Therefore, I’m assuming that Cougar Town will be airing on Tuesdays at 10:00, where it’ll be competing against the likes of Vegas, Parenthood, Private Practice, Justified, White Collar, andÂ Southland.
The fourthÂ season of Cougar Town will have 15 episodes, matchingÂ season three’s total, though thatÂ season originally had 22 before having its order cut.
Will you be following Cougar Town in its move to basic cable? Where do you think theÂ show goes,Â story-wise, following the wedding of Grayson and Jules in lastÂ season’s finale?Â Should Laurie and Trav get together nextÂ season?