The program assistant for ch 41.1 KMYT released on July 23, 2012 that “Hot in Cleveland” and “Cougar Town” are on their schedule starting Sept. 15, 2014. “Hot in Cleveland” airs at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while “Cougar Town” airs right after at 5:30 p.m. “Hot in Cleveland” also will air at 9 p.m. starting on Sept. 15, 2014. “Cougar Town” will then also join in at 9:30 p.m. starting a week later on Sept. 22, 2014.
“Hot in Cleveland” is a sitcom that brings together several veteran female sitcom stars: Valerie Bertinelli from “One Day at a Time”, Jane Leeves from “Frasier”. Wendie Malick from “Just Shoot Me”, and most importantly Betty White from “Mary Tyler Moore Show”. “Hot in Cleveland” centers around three former starlet who get stranded in Cleveland and decide to stay in a house owned by Betty White's character. “Hot in Cleveland” started and continues to air on cable network TV Land.
“Cougar Town” on the other hand was a starring vehicle for “Friends” alumni Courteney Cox with a collection of then mostly unknowns who now pop up on guest spots in various shows. Before Cougar Town Christa Miller had recurring character roles on Drew Carey show and on “Scrubs” which her husband, Bill Lawrence, created. It is more famous for gags such as the game invented for the show: Penny Can. Penny Can (spoiler alert) is a simple game in which several players throw pennies into a can. Cougar Town characters play this game several times through the series and usually end up adding to the rules due to circumstances. “Cougar Town” started on ABC with the misleading name because it was really never about older women dating younger guys. It moved to TBS in 2013.
Female centered shows rarely do well in syndication with the exception of Lucille Ball comedies and “Mary Tyler Moore Show”. Designing Women had a very successful run but every time it was tried n syndication it lasted about a year. This fate could very well happen to both “Hot in Cleveland” and “Cougar Town”.