After three seasons on ABC, Cougar Town made the unorthodox move of switching to cable for season four on TBS. I enjoy spending time with these characters, so I was happy they found a way to stay on the air. I have wondered how the experiment worked out for TBS. The verdict is in: TBS renewed Cougar Town for a fifth season with 13 episodes, expected to premiere in 2014. Per TVBTN, this season averaged 2.8 million viewers (1.3 rating for the 18-49 demo) in Live + 7 ratings (which includes DVR views within 7 days after air). That’s meager, but clearly sustainable for TBS. Also, I imagine ABC Studios was motivated to find the right price point to get to 89 total episodes for a nice syndication package.
Forget business for a second. We get to spend more time in Cougar Town, and that is a good thing. Now back to business: Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.
TBS has renewed its hit original comedy Cougar Town, produced by ABC Studios and starring Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins and Brian Van Holt. The network has ordered 13 episodes for season five, which is expected to launch in 2014. Cougar Town joined the TBS lineup in January for the show’s fourth season. It currently airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), with the season finale slated for April 9.
“Cougar Town has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “This season, the brilliant cast and immensely creative production team on Cougar Town have crafted their best episodes yet, and we couldn’t be happier inviting them back for more.”
Cougar Town centers on the “cul de sac crew,” a tight-knit group of friends who keep things funny while supporting each other through the challenges and pitfalls of life – with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently remarried mom who is never far from her wine and her friends, including her new husband, Grayson (Josh Hopkins); her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt); her next-door neighbor and confidante, Ellie (Christa Miller); her feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps); and Ellie’s loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez). They are frequently joined by Jules’ 21-year-old son, Travis (Dan Byrd), who tends to be far more mature than anyone else in the group.
Cougar Town was co-created by executive producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) and consulting producer Kevin Biegel (Scrubs). Courteney Cox and David Arquette also serve as executive producers.