The story is that Bill Lawrence was throwing ideas for bad sitcoms around the writers room at ‘Scrubs.’ As cougars – the idea of older women hooking up with younger men – were a popular meme in pop culture, Lawrence threw out the idea of ‘Cougar Town.’ Lawrence and Kevin Biegel ran with it, and the rest is history.
Co-creator/writer/executive producer Biegel and the entirety of the ‘Cougar Town’ crew had to deal with a year where they didn’t know if they’d have a future, but Thursday it was announced the show would be moving to TBS for at least two more seasons, getting the show to a syndication friendly 100 episodes. We got a chance to talk exclusively with Kevin about the show and the move. Check it out…
Congratulation on being picked up by TBS. Do you now feel a little bit like Conan O’Brien?
Kevin Beigel: Maybe more like the Gaseous Wiener.
We’re curious, when did this plan come into fruition to change networks? Was it talked about when ABC gave you the reduced schedule order for Season 3 or did it come together more recently?
It came together quickly over the past week/week and a half. They had been talking before that, seeing if it was feasible. It wasn’t talked about before, no. I’m not sure it’s been done a lot before- so even more cheers to TBS for doing it.
Will you guys be moving or do you get to stay where you are?
Not all the questions have been answered yet or conversations had, but I think we get to stay where we are. I’m usually wrong, though, so don’t quote me. But I’m pretty sure we won’t have to shoot the show in someone’s backyard.