'Cougar Town' Moves to TBS

Cougar Town is moving to TBS.

The cable network has ordered a 15-episode fourth season of the Courteney Cox series to begin airing in early 2013. Additionally, TBS has snagged encore rights to the series' first three seasons of 61 episodes that originally aired on ABC.

"Cougar Town is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We are thrilled to have Cougar Town moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series."

Cast members Dan Byrd and Josh Hopkins were cast in pilots this season, but both were in second position to Cougar Town.

Since debuting in 2009, the series has faced an uphill battle amid a series of scheduling jumps. In season two, the half-hour was slotted for a spring return after more than two months off the air on a Monday night before continuing in its usual home two days later. This year, Cougar Town bowed its third season on Valentine's Day to 4.9 million viewers after nearly nine months off.

Cougar Town is co-created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City), who at one point embarked on a tour around the U.S. and threw an unofficial TCA cocktail mixer earlier this year, and Kevin Biegel (Scrubs). Cox and David Arquette also serve as executive producers. Cougar Town is produced by ABC Studios.

The half-hour comedy is the latest series to join the TBS slate, which includes new sitcoms Men at Work, Sullivan & Son, Wedding Band and reality competition series King of the Nerds (working title).