“Cougar Town” has a new showrunner, albeit one with a familiar face.
Blake McCormick has been promoted from writer-producer of the ensemble comedy as it prepares for its fifth season overall, second on TBS.
McCormick replaces Ric Swartzlander, who was at the helm last season.
McCormick signed a blind script deal with Warner Bros TV through Doozer, the company of “Cougar Town” co-creator/exec producer Bill Lawrence. Lawrence was showrunner for the first three seasons, and last year still helped out because he did not have any other projects on the air yet.
Lawrence (“Scrubs”) has three pilots in contention for series pickup: “Undateable,” “I Suck at Girls,” and “Ground Floor.”
In “Ground Floor,” Skylar Astin plays a 29-year-old successful alpha male named Brody. He crosses paths with his company’s happy support staff, and realizes he isn’t nearly as happy as he’d thought.
McCormick has been on “Cougar Town” the last three seasons. He began as a co-producer in 2010, and before that was a co-producer on “King of the Hill” on Fox.
His script for “Untitled Cops Comedy” sold to Universal and “American Wedding” writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will direct and produce.
McCormick is represented by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and attorney Jared Levine.