By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
10:41 AM CDT, September 12, 2012
Giant glasses of wine, shirtless dancing, Tom butting in on the cul-de-sac crew. "Cougar Town" is back!
The sitcom will make its triumphant return January 8—that's a Tuesday—at its new TV home on TBS. Cast members made the announcement musically this morning in video for an original ditty called "We're Back." (Watch it at bottom of this post.)
Josh Hopkins is in stellar voice and pitch perfectly backed by Courteney Cox, Christa Miller-Lawrence, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt and even Bob Clendenin (noisy neighbor Tom).
They're joined by a bevy of guest stars, including "Scrubs" vet Neil Flynn and Danny Pudi, who I believe is actually in character as Abed from "Community," "Cougar Town's" No. 1 fan. "Cougar Town" was created by "Scrubs" mastermind Bill Lawrence. Lawrence and co-creator/executive producer Kevin Biegel will be involved with the show at TBS, but Ric Swartzlander will take over as showrunner, according to reports.
TBS rescued "Cougar Town" from a fate worse than a day with Tom—cancelation—when it bought the rights to the series from ABC, who didn't treat it very well at all. Since debuting on ABC in 2009, "Cougar Town" was abused by the network, facing a series of scheduling changes and a 10-month of its third season. During its second season, the series was slotted for a spring return after more than two months off the air on a Monday night before continuing in its usual spot on Wednesdays two days later. It averaged about 4 million viewers for its third season.
TBS, which has ordered a fourth season of the whimsical favorite, should provide a much more stable home. So stock up on the wine and dig for extra change, folks. Jan. 8, 2013, will be here before you can scream "Penny Can!"
Busy Philipps, Ian Gomez and Danny Pudi all have strong Chicago ties. Check out out gallery of former Chicagoans on TV.
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