TVLine is reporting that Cougar Town star Brian Van Holt will exit the TBS comedy at the start of its upcoming final season. The reason is said to be his desire for other opportunities, though it’s as yet unclear of which early season six episode will be the last for the great Bobby Cobb.
It’s a bit disheartening anytime someone decides to leave a series after having involved since the first day of the project. It’s especially disheartening when that departure comes ahead of a planned final season; Cougar Town managed to hang on to every series regular for its first five seasons and when TBS announced that the show would be renewed for a sixth and final season, it seemed as if the entire Cul-de-sac Crew would stick together for the duration of the show’s run. However, the show’s renewal delay, combined with the creative frustration that comes with playing the same character for a several seasons, took its toll on Van Holt and caused him to leave.
In addition to his role on the TBS comedy, Van Holt has appeared on the likes of The Bridge, John From Cincinnati, and Threshold. He recently wrapped production on Syfy miniseries Ascension, where he’ll be playing spaceship captain William Denninger.
The sixth and final season of Cougar Town is slated to premiere in early 2015 on TBS.
Will you be watching Cougar Town? Are you disappointed that we won’t get a full season with Bobby? Why do you think Van Holt left when the sixth season of Cougar Town was always to be the final season?