Struggling ABC Show May Move to Cable

May 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A show that has been struggling this season on ABC may get a new life on cable, Deadline.com reports. The bubble show "Cougar Town" is in talks to move to TBS, with negotiations focused on a possible two-season pickup of 15 episodes each, the story reports.

That would enable the show to be sold in syndication, the report notes.

The talks come as the show is weathering a tough third season after ABC moved it from its post-"Modern Family" time period, the piece points out.

"Because ‘Cougar Town’ is produced by ABC’s sister studio, one could assume that the network is aware of the talks with TBS and that the company as a whole might be exploring ways to continue the praised comedy series, which enjoys a devoted following by a core group of passionate fans and is a season away from a shot at syndication," the story notes.

If "Cougar Town" moves to TBS, the shift would mark the second time a Bill Lawrence comedy switched networks. Lawrence’s "Scrubs" jumped to ABC after NBC canceled the program in 2008.

TBS parent Turner has previously picked up an existing broadcast series with the former NBC drama "Southland," which recently received a fifth-season renewal from TNT, the piece points out.

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