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'Cougar Town' Gets Ric Swartzlander as New Showrunner

May 26, 2012 (4:04 am) GMT
The 'Gary Unmarried' executive producer will run the Courteney Cox-starring show in its first year on TBS.

"" has tapped Ric Swartzlander as a showrunner for its fourth season. The comedy veteran replaces Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, who recently announced that they stepped down as day-to-day heads of the series.

Lawrence and Biegel, however, assured fans that they will remain involved in the show. The former, whose wife stars on "Cougar Town", will serve as an executive producer and executive consultant, while the latter will act as a consulting producer.

As for Swartzlander, he has worked on several comedy projects, such as "Ellen", "Samantha Who?" and "". He also served as executive producer in pilot "In Security" for TBS, which will air the fourth season of "Cougar Town".

The third season of the comedy series itself will wrap up on Tuesday, May 29 at 8 P.M. on ABC. The one-hour episode will feature [SPOILER ALERT!] the wedding of 's Jules and ' Grayson, with guest starring as a hotel concierge.

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