On January 10, 2011 ABC renewed Cougar Town for a third season, which was set to premiere sometime in midseason. In November 2011, ABC announced Cougar Town's third season would be cut from 22 episodes to 15. On January 17, 2012, ABC announced the series would return on Tuesday, February 14 at 8:30pm/7:30c, following Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.
The producers had been promoting the show by having the cast making cameos in other ABC shows, like Suburgatory, Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Body of Proof, The Middle, Happy Endings, and Private Practice. This season will focus primarily on Jules and Grayson's engagement, and it has been reported that the season finale would focus on their wedding day.
The main cast will all be returning to reprise their roles.
- Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb
- Christa Miller as Ellie Torres
- Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller
- Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb
- Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis
- Ian Gomez as Andy Torres
- Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb
On September 9, 2011 it was reported that Sarah Chalke, who previously worked with the show's creators in Scrubs, will have a major arc as a photography professor at Travis' college and love interest for Bobby.
On October 26, 2011, it was reported that other actors from Scrubs, Zach Braff and Robert Maschio, will also guest star in the show. Sam Lloyd and Ken Jenkins will be reprising their roles from the previous season.
On December 19, 2011 it was reported that Edwin Hodge was casted as a love interest for Laurie, a military man whom Laurie dates through Skype.
| "Ain’t Love Strange"|
Aired: Feb. 14, 2012
Directed by: Bill Lawrence - Written by: Bill Lawrence
Summary: Jules gets mad when Grayson says she is predictable, and when her car is covered with toilet paper and made to look like a shark by a group of teenagers, she decides to prove him wrong by Toilet papering their home. Grayson, however, anticipating her actions, uses the opportunity to play his own prank on her, with the intention of proposing to her.
| "A Mind With a Heart of Its Own"|
Aired: Feb. 21, 2012
Directed by: John Putch - Written by: Chrissy Pietrosh
Summary: To avoid hurting anyone's feelings, Jules asks Laurie and Ellie to be her co-maids of honor. Chick (Ken Jenkins) decides to have a little fun when Grayson asks him for Jules' hand in marriage. To show he's okay with their marriage, Bobby installs a zip-line from Grayson's house to Jules'.
| "Lover's Touch"|
Aired: Feb. 28, 2012
Directed by: Michael McDonald - Written by: Michael McDonald
Summary: Jules spends all her time on wedding plans until an accident lands Travis in the hospital; a new game turns dangerous.
| "Full Moon Fever"|
Aired: Mar. 6, 2012
Directed by: Courteney Cox - Written by: Sanjay Shah
Summary: Bobby falls for Travis' photography teacher (guest star Sarah Chalke); Laurie begins a new relationship with a soldier through Twitter; a gang of kids is terrorizing the cul-de-sac.
| "A One Story Town"|
Aired: Mar. 13, 2012
Directed by: Bill Lawrence - Written by: Kevin Biegel
Summary: The gang helps Bobby in romancing Angie.
| "Something Big"|
Aired: Mar. 20, 2012
Directed by: Michael McDonald - Written by: Gregg Mettler
Summary: Grayson runs into an old flame and discovers he's the father of her child.
| "You Can Still Change Your Mind"|
Aired: Apr. 3, 2012
Directed by: John Putch - Written by: Blake McCormick
Summary: Bobby wants to take his relationship with Angie to the next level; Travis wants to be the photographer for Jules and Grayson's wedding.
| "Ways To Be Wicked"|
Aired: Apr. 17, 2012
Directed by: Bruce Leddy - Written by: Sam Laybourne
Summary: Ellie receives a visit from her mother (Susan Blakely), whom she claims to be a sociopath; Grayson tries to help Laurie with her cake business; Bobby and Chick help Travis and his friends to come up with a plan to steal the college's cougar statue.
| "Money Becomes King"|
Aired: Apr. 24, 2012
Directed by: Michael McDonald - Written by: Ryan Koh
Summary: Jules and Grayson must make some sacrifices for paying their wedding; Laurie's new business does well, which forces her to make some serious decisions.
| "Southern Accents"|
Aired: May 1, 2012
Directed by: Bruce Leddy - Written by: Kate Purdy
Summary: Jules' struggle in accepting Holly becomes worse after she discovers that Holly and Travis made-out; Andy wants to run a campaign to be the city's mayor in order to change a law that will let Jules and Grayson have their wedding on the beach; and Laurie tries to convince Bobby that he's socially inept after an awkward moment in her cake business.
| "Down South"|
Aired: May 8, 2012
Directed by: John Putch - Written by: Mary Fitzgerald
Summary: When a hurricane strikes in town, Jules throws a "hurricane party"; Travis wants to make a play for Laurie after learning that she recently broke-up with her soldier boyfriend.
| "Square One"|
Aired: May 15, 2012
Directed by: Courteney Cox - Written by: Peter Saji
Summary: Jules and Grayson are afraid to make the same mistakes of their past relationships; Ellie and Laurie fight over who's the sexiest between them; Bobby enters a "white shirt challenge" with Jules.
| "It'll All Work Out"|
Aired: May 15, 2012
Directed by: John Putch - Written by: Melody Derloshon
Summary: Jules begins to questions Ellie's parenting skills; Grayson helps Andy practice for the annual party of candidates running for mayor; Bobby and Laurie help a struggling Travis in writing Jules' wedding vows.
| "My Life/Your World"|
Aired: May 29, 2012
Directed by: John Putch - Written by: Kevin Biegel (Part 1); Bill Lawrence (Part 2)
Summary: Part 1: Jules spends her bachelorette party watching "Groundhog Day" with Ellie and Laurie, Grayson gets fed up over his lack of privacy, and Travis ruins Penny Can for Bobby and Andy.