'Cougar Town' could move to TBS if ABC doesn't renew it
The cable channel is in preliminary discussions with ABC Studios, which produces "Cougar Town," about moving the show to TBS if ABC doesn't order a fourth season, Deadline reports. The deal would be for 30 episodes total spread over two seasons, which would give TBS that much more original programming and would push the show to 91 episodes, enough for the studio to sell in syndication.
TBS isn't saying much about the potential deal. A rep for the channel tells Deadline, "Should the show become available, [Turner Entertainment Networks] looks at all opportunities presented to us that fit our brand."
"Cougar Town" has been kicked around a little at ABC this season. It was bumped to midseason, then had its order reduced to 15 episodes and moved from its previous Wednesday home to Tuesday nights. Ratings have also fallen -- the show averages 5.24 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49, per Nielsen.
Two of the show's regulars, Josh Hopkins and Dan Byrd, took roles in other pilots this spring, Hopkins in an NBC comedy from "New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer and Byrd in a CBS comedy from Louis C.K. and Spike Feresten. Both are in second position to "Cougar Town," which means they'd return to the show if it's picked up and the pilots would recast their parts.