As Cougar Town Bosses Step Down, Creator Bill Lawrence Asks Fans to 'Chill'

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Cougar Town‘s new cable home on TBS won’t be the only change for the show next season. It will also have a new leader.

RELATED | Cougar Town Boss Bill Lawrence on Show’s Move to Cable: ‘TBS Is Not Doing This Rinky-Dink’

Co-creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel will be stepping down from to day-to-day showrunner duties on the comedy series, now wrapping its third season on ABC, Vulture reports.

Star Courteney Cox broke the news to the site, saying, “[Season 4] is a fresh start. It will feel like the same show, but we’re going to have a new [showunner], there will be new people, new changes.”

The move isn’t a complete surprise. Lawrence’s development deal with Warner Bros. TV last year called for the producer to leave his top post at Cougar Town after Season 3 to focus on new projects. Still, Lawrence maintains that he and Biegel will be involved in the show’s renaissance on TBS.

“A.) chill. B.) neither Kev nor I currently have shows, so we will both work on CT, C.) if we do get shizz going, we need great guy in place,” Lawrence tweeted Wednesday afternoon.



Comments (38)

  • so pretty much its gonna be like Scrubs Med School? Ill pass if there is no Laurie,Travis,Bobby,Grayson which it kinda sounds like there wont be

    Comment by ggny – May 16, 2012 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • According to earlier interviews, TBS is paying the same licensing fees, so full cast + writers are supposed to be back. Even in Scrubs Med School, BL helmed it as show runner, so it’s actually very different from what’s happening here.

      Comment by ScrubsGuy – May 16, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • no one said anything about those characters leaving

      Comment by Scrubs/CT – May 16, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • of course they havent yet. but the were gonna have a new show, new people, new changes just says it all

        Comment by ggny – May 16, 2012 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No it doesn’t.

          Comment by John – May 16, 2012 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • how doesnt it? Courtney says it herself. If you guys think TBS is gonna fork out the same amount of money as ABC your crazy.

            Comment by ggny – May 16, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  
        • But you are inferring cast, which isn’t the case…this story is about behind the scenes. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens

          Comment by Jill – May 16, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Where did you hear this? Ridiculous.

      Comment by Jacob – May 16, 2012 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • if you guys think all of the cast members are gonna be back full time you are crazy. There is no way TBS is gonna pay for all of them to come back full time. Im betting its just like Scrub Med School

        Comment by ggny – May 16, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You got a link or any evidence? I have seen nothing about cast changes.

          Comment by ghoti – May 16, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Of course there isnt the show doesnt return for 6+ months

            Comment by ggny – May 16, 2012 04:24 PM PDT  
          • Im was just trying to say is that im betting half of the cast doesnt return full time. they might return for a few episode here and there but that is it im betting

            Comment by ggny – May 16, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  
        • Troll-oll-oll-oll-oll. TBS is planning on using this as their BIG show, they will not make changes that would compromise the fan base they hope to take. Your comments are based on either wanting to stir up trouble or a severe wedgie you need to look into.

          Comment by e. – May 17, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • No kidding! There are a whopping SEVEN people on this show, and Courteney is probably the only one making real change from it. The others aren’t exactly A-Listers and they would still be on their original contracts. Scrubs fell apart because they were many seasons in and some of the people started feeling a little too famous and wanted out.

            Comment by KevyB – May 17, 2012 02:37 PM PDT  
    • The whole cast is coming back. They made it clear all along that even the actors who shot new pilots would be back if Cougar Town was renewed. Bill has even tweeted since the TBS news that all cast members will be back. That’s what paying the same licensing fee means, it covers the cost of making the show!

      Comment by Kate – May 16, 2012 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly! I actually heard TBS was only willing to pick it up IF all of the cast members were still dedicated to keeping it alive.

        Comment by Ava – May 17, 2012 04:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ah, the old Make Up Facts and then Get Upset About Those Facts game.

      Comment by ElKabong – May 16, 2012 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1st

    Comment by Brendan Byron – May 16, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What a sense of achievement you must have! People from around the world will gather in groups to hear tales of how Brendan Byron posted “1st” as the second comment on an article!

      Comment by Chris – May 16, 2012 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • biggest lol of the day

        Comment by raya – May 16, 2012 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • This actually made me laugh out loud. Best response I’ve seen in awhile.

        Comment by Sienna – May 16, 2012 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ROFL! Maybe you should be the new show-runner for Cougar Town!

        158th!

        Comment by KevyB – May 17, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will give it a fair shot.

    Comment by Hojana – May 16, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I trust Bill Lawrence, if he says chill, I’ll chill, that is all.

    Comment by raftrap – May 16, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked Scrubs: Med School. The worst thing in that show was JD.

    Comment by ghoti – May 16, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, they should have made it all about Eliza Coupe and the guy playing her boyfriend, but it was nevertheless a fun show.

      Comment by raftrap – May 16, 2012 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long ad the show is still funny I don’t care who’s running the show honestly

    Comment by Ram510 – May 16, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Double Frick!

    CT is hilarious as is and I hope we don’t lose any of the cul de sac crew in the move to TBS.

    Comment by Kel – May 16, 2012 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show is going to be the same. Bill just wrote a new show called Like Father that was so post to be on Fox but it didn’t get picked up. That being said I’m sure they are going to try to tweak the show and pitch it again. Which means he needs time to work on it, and he just wants to make sure that CT doesn’t miss a step.

    Comment by Robby Jon – May 16, 2012 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They had hoped the season finale hype would pump up the ratings. I can’t believe it sank like a stone. Where did the fans go? TBS isn’t going to save this show! Say goodbye now.

    Comment by Amy – May 16, 2012 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lets see, the show didn’t come back until waaay after the xmas break, it was switched to a new night after a terrible lead in show, and as much as I love the show it was rather hit or miss this season (though it did pick up the last few episodes). The diehards waited around and watched for it, but the fickle fans that only watched it because it was on after modern family didn’t bother trying to find it.

      Comment by Jennifer – May 16, 2012 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It wasn’t the season finale. The finale doesn’t air until 5/29.

      Comment by Jen – May 17, 2012 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After Scrubs B.L. has earned a lifetime of goodwill from me. So I will continue to watch CT and w/e other show he creates.

    Comment by c.b. – May 17, 2012 01:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two current cast members have pilot’s that were picked up…so it’s possible they don’t return to the show with the Bossmen too. ABC blew it in season 2 by not showing CT the love and support it does to other shows. I don’t see how this show can go on successfully without the current cast, in full, it would NEVER be the same :( sadly the little show that could, is offcially going to end after 1 shortened season on TBS.

    Comment by Belle – May 17, 2012 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Some of the cast did have pilots that were picked up…but it’s the same as Damon Wayons Jr. with New Girl/Happy Endings. I could be wrong, but I thought that I read where they said the entire cast will be back.

      Comment by Jen – May 17, 2012 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Everyone will be back. The actors who did pilots had them in second position which means that their original show comes first. In ither words if CT and the pilot get picked up, the actor must stay with CT and the pilot show has to recast. As someone pointed out that is what happened with Daman Wayans, when Happy Endings got renewed his part in the pilot of New Girl had to be recast. TBS bought CT with the stipulation that everyone was coming back, so lets end the made up drama about half the cast leaving!

      Comment by Kate – May 17, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s not uncommon for cast members of bubble shows to look for other work. We just didn’t hear about it in the past. It’s okay. Promise.

    Comment by Amanda From Michigan – May 17, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The entire cast WILL be back! They were all present at the TBS announcement of CT’s move to their network. They wouldn’t have all the actors come out on the stage if some weren’t coming back. And as for some of them appearing in other pilots, their contracts with CT comes first, so because CT got renewed, they have to come back and those pilots have to recast. How do people still not get this?

    Comment by Mikael – May 17, 2012 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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