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Cougar Town Picks New Showrunner Following Bill Lawrence Departure

Cougar Town Season 4
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No worries, ‘Cougar Town‘ fans.  Just kick back and pour yourselves another giant glass of wine.  Not only are future seasons of the cul de sac crew assured for airing on TBS following the move from ABC, but the show has picked up a successor to creator Bill Lawrence‘s tenure as show runner.  Series creators Lawrence and Kevin Biegel themselves have said they wouldn’t step down without leaving someone great in their place, which is more than ‘Community‘ fans have to say.  So who got the gig?

According to Deadline, ‘Cougar Town’ has recruited Ric Swartzlander to take over show-running duties from series creator Bill Lawrence, for when the show makes its move to TBS in 2013.  Lawrence stepped down in accordance with his 3-year deal with Warner Bros. TV, but as planned will remain with the studio in a development capacity.

Lawrence will remain an executive producer on the show, particularly with his wife Christa Miller as one of the stars, while co-creator Kevin Biegel will take on a consulting producer position.

Swartzlander has previously worked with both TBS and ‘Cougar Town’ producer ABC Studios, having done the pilot ‘In Security’ for TBS and recently working on the ABC comedy ‘Man Up!’ His single-camera credits also include the ABC Studios-produced ‘Samantha Who?’

So, are ‘Cougar Town’ fans breathing (or drinking) a sign of relief just yet?  Life goes on.  Just be grateful Bill Lawrence at least knew he was stepping down.  Tell us what you think of all these changes in the comments!

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