May 10, 2012

THE SKED: “Cougar Town” Lives!

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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So much for those “safe” 2d position pilot deals for the cast:  while ABC is, indeed, canceling COUGAR TOWN, the show isn’t going to that badly-titled place in the sky.  Instead, TBS has ordered a 4th season of the show, to go along with its reruns of the existing episodes.  The new season will launch in early 2013 and run 15 episodes.


Cougar, which was created by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, is probably most famous/notorious for completely changing its own concept within its first few weeks on the air, from a sex comedy about a middle-aged woman (Courtney Cox) who wants to romance younger men to a gentle, slightly surreal ensemble piece about a group of (mostly) middle-aged pals  (The fact that the show’s title became totally misleading after the change has led to unending angst and in-joking.)  Its terrific cast, aside from Cox, includes Josh Hopkins, Brian Van Holt, Dan Byrd, Christa Miller, Ian Gomez and Busy Phillips.  Cougar‘s ratings were OK when it had Modern Family as a lead-in, but this season ABC seemed to have lost all interest in the show, holding it off the air for months, cutting its order, and finally pairing it with the utterly incompatible multi-camera Last Man Standing as a lead-in.  (Despite all that, its mid-1 ratings have held almost even with Last Man‘s.)

Now we just need Community to come back, so the 2 shows can continue their inter-network sitcom bromance (most recently referenced by Cougar in this week’s title graphic gag).

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."