This isn't just time to open a bottle of wine. It's time to break out Big Carl and call all your neighbors over for an impromptu party.
"Cougar Town" has been picked up by TBS, where the comedy's fourth season will air in early 2013. According to TV reporter Josef Adalian, the next season of the show, which stars Courteney Cox as the ringleader of a group of wine-loving friends and neighbors, will consist of 15 episodes.
The network has also picked up the rerun rights to the 61 episodes in the show's first three seasons. In other words, much wine will be drunk on TBS starting early next year. ABC's loss of the lovable Crew (which also includes Busy Philipps, Ian Gomez, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt and Christa Miller) is TBS' gain.
"'Cougar Town' is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters" Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have 'Cougar Town' moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series."
"So happy we get to continue making our show!" Cox tweeted. "We cannot thank you all enough for your support. Seriously, guys. THANK YOU."
"I'm so happy and proud of everyone at the show," tweeted Kevin Biegel, who co-created the show with Bill Lawrence. "This is wonderful news, thank you TBS and thank you fans. Yes, I owe you all BBQ." A few minutes later, he tweeted, "I want to thank the fans again. You guys and your passion are reasons this thing is moving forward. We're lucky to have you."
In a nice bit of cross-promotion, "Cougar Town" actor Josh Hopkins has booked a guest appearance in the fourth episode of the upcoming TBS comedy "Men at Work," which debuts May 24. Hopkins also had a job lined up on the NBC pilot "Lady Friends," in case "Cougar Town" was canceled. Presumably, he'll have to give up that gig now that the Cul-De-Sac Crew is going to keep chugging pinot noir on TBS.
There's only one thing to say to this news: Cheers!