Post by Mike Spadoni on May 6, 2012 15:46:20 GMT 1
The Courtney Cox comedy "Cougar Town" is one of those shows with a rabid fan base and critical praise, but not enough viewers. So it's not surprising the saga of a middle-age woman and her younger boyfriends (and the lives of her friends and neighbors) is "on the bubble" for a fourth season--at ABC. But "Cougar Town" may have more lives left: "Deadline Hollywood" reports ABC Studios (which produces the show) is now in talks with cable network TBS to pick up the series, if ABC lets it go. (Of course, it's likely there would be some cast departures and other changes to get the cost of the show down--a necessity for cable.) A spokesman for Turner Entertainment Networks, which owns TBS, would only say: “Should the show become available, TEN looks at all opportunities presented to us that fit our brand." And economically, a fourth season would give "Cougar Town" the magical 100 episodes needed for a good syndication run. Producer/creator Bill Lawrence ("Spin City") is no stranger to network switches. His medical comedy "Scrubs" switched to ABC after a seven-year run at NBC. It made good economic sense, since ABC Studios produced "Scrubs" as well as "Cougar Town." We'll know more soon, when ABC and the other networks announce their fall lineups over the next few weeks.