May 10, 2012

News: The Cul-De-Sac Crew is Packing Up & Moving to TBS

Various news outlets on the 'net have confirmed that ABC's low-rated but highly adored comedy Cougar Town has been renewed for a fourth season but will be leaving the Alphabet for TBS. This marks the second time a Bill Lawrence show has left a network for greener (i.e. more episodes = more syndication dollars) pastures. A few years ago, ABC picked up Scrubs after NBC canceled it as a way to pad its episode number. Also included in the deal, TBS gets the rerun rights to CT's first three seasons.

The move to TBS may seem a bit odd, but it makes some sense when you think about it. The cable network's been working really hard at rebranding itself as the place to go for comedies and has stocking a roster of strong syndicated shows, but its original shows really haven't made a splash since My Boys left the air. Speaking of My Boys, it's the prime example of why Cougar Town fits in at TBS since the two shows have similar sensibilities although very different tones.

While my love for Cougar Town has diminished to the point where I only watch it out of habit, I am happy for the show's cast, crew, writers and producers. Television can be a tough business, and I'm always happy when a beloved cult classic gets to live on. Whether I'll be following it to TBS is another question, but congrats to the Cul-De-Sac Crew who gets to drink another day.


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