"Cougar Town" could be picked up by TBS if the struggling Courteney Cox-led comedy is canceled by ABC, Deadline reports. TBS has been in "preliminary talks" with "Cougar Town's" production company, ABC Studios, about possibly acquiring acquiring the show if ABC decides to give it the axe after a season of mediocre ratings.
The fate of "Cougar Town" has been up in the air for months after ABC pulled the show from its midseason schedule in November and cut its Season 3 episode order from 22 to 15 episodes. The show returned in February, but the ratings have remained "meh" despite creator Bill Lawrence's best promotional efforts, which have included a social media campaign, a cameo offensive that included a "Scrubs" reunion, and various fan outreach events.
The idea that a cable network could pick up a network show in the middle of its run is not unprecedented. The gritty cop drama "Southland" was canceled by NBC after two seasons only to be given new life on TNT, another Turner Networks channel. It was recently renewed for a fifth season.