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Wednesday January 9, 2013

NEW YORK -- "Cougar Town" made its move from ABC to TBS on Tuesday, premiering its fourth season, and Busy Phillips couldn’t be happier.

The 33-year-old actress recalled in a recent interview how the cast was assured by creator and executive producer Bill Lawrence that the comedy wouldn’t be canceled, but he couldn’t elaborate.

Some of her co-stars were taping TV pilots for other possible jobs, Phillips said. "But I’m at ICM, which handled the deal with ‘Cougar Town,’ and TBS, and Christa Miller is also with them. Both our agents were like, ‘No, you’re not gonna do any pilots.’ So that was a little suspicious. They knew something we didn’t know."

With "Cougar Town" now on cable, Phillips said the writers are able to push the envelope a little more.

Phillips said she enjoys showcasing her comedic chops.

"I was always a very quirky kid. I remember very early like fourth or fifth grade doing pratfalls to make my friends laugh Š and doing like bits and characters," she said.

On "Cougar Town," Phillips plays Laurie Keller, a real estate assistant to Courteney Cox’s Jules, who has infiltrated her group of friends. She’s fun-loving, ditzy and has a history of one-night stands.