Raise your wineglass in celebration and pound some grape as Cougar Town returns for Season 4 on its new home, TBS, beginning Jan. 8 (Tuesdays at 10pm ET/9pm CT). Early last year when ABC was waffling with the seriesâ€™ future, TBS made an enthusiastic bid for the quirky comedy, winning over the showâ€™s executive producers and landing them a permanent prime-time slot on the network thatâ€™s all about â€śvery funny.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s kind of incredible, really amazing to get this new life as a show in its fourth season. Nothing has changed,â€ť Philipps says, in regards to the move to TBS. â€śNo one is taking pay cuts, no budget crunches around the set â€” basically weâ€™re doing the same show. Writers are pushing the envelope with their goofy storylines and the situations our characters get into. â€¦ When we came back to work in August, it felt like we hadnâ€™t missed a beat.â€ť
Season 4 picks up with Jules and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) dealing with the dynamic shift of being married. â€śThey have this whole thing about setting precedents once youâ€™ve gotten married,â€ť Philipps shares. â€śIf you bring me a cup of coffee in the morning, you always have to bring me a cup of coffee in the morning â€” you have set that precedent.â€ť
Now that they are living under the same roof, Grayson needs to sell his house, which means a good opportunity for new neighbors in the cul-de-sac. As for who that could be, Philipps shares a little. â€śI will say that we had a fabulous guest star appearance by Miss Shirley Jones. It was kind of incredible to have television royalty stop by, so hopefully sheâ€™ll be back. I think maybe she will.â€ť
As for Laurie and Travisâ€™ (Dan Byrd) ongoing flirtations, Philipps says that this season the two will have some definite ups and downs. â€śShe does have this boyfriend who is great and amazing, so that does cause a bit of conflict for her and Travis.â€ť
Cougar Town returns on Jan. 8 at 10pm ET/9pm CT on TBS.