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Cougar Town aired from September 2009 until ? on ABC.
A Review from Variety
(Series -- ABC, Wed., Sept. 23, 9:30 P.M.)
By BRIAN LOWRY
Filmed in Los Angeles by Doozer and Coquette Prods. in association with ABC Studios. Executive producers, Bill Lawrence, Courteney Cox, David Arquette; co-executive producer, Kevin Biegel; producers, Thea Mann, Randall Keenan-Winston; director, Lawrence; writers, Lawrence, Biegel;
Jules - Courteney Cox
Ellie - Christa Miller
Laurie - Busy Philipps
Travis - Dan Byrd
Grayson - Josh Hopkins
Andy - Ian Gomez
Bobby - Brian Van Holt
There’s an inherent cynicism and naughtiness that makes “Cougar Town” a particularly unpleasant place to visit -- and this reaction will likely be amplified for many by seeing “Friends” alum Courteney Cox in such a leaden vehicle. Thematically similar to CBS’ somewhat better “Accidentally on Purpose,” the older woman/twentysomething guy thing was clearly in the zeitgeist this year, but whatever the femme appeal of that particular fantasy, its comedic treatment here amounts to less of a defiant roar than a feeble meow.
Cox plays a divorced woman with a wiseass teenage son (Dan Byrd, and really, is there any other kind?) and a slacker ex-husband (Brian Van Holt). She also has bad-influence friends (Christa Miller, Busy Philipps) who all but challenge her by saying, “You couldn’t bag a young stud if you tried.”
OK, so maybe Cox’s character, Jules, hasn’t gotten laid in a while, but the notion that she’d be off-putting to men hardly matches her trainer-toned body and proves more laughable, unfortunately, than anything in “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel’s script. So a trip to the local bar quickly yields a tryst with an obliging young dude -- as well as a truly icky moment when her kid walks in on them.
The idea of women reversing the polarity of May-December (or really here, more like June-September) romances is hardly a new one -- hell, we’ve even had a couple of reality shows devoted to it -- but it does feed into the dual sense of insecurity and self-empowerment that women harbor about getting older. Women, after all, remain network TV’s most loyal audience, so why not let them proudly proclaim that bagging bimbos (or in this case, “himbos”) is no longer men’s exclusive province?
For all that, though, the execution here is consistently about as subtle as a kick to the groin -- and represents the least appealing component in ABC’s quartet of new Wednesday-night comedies. On the plus side, there are some talented folks in the cast (including Josh Hopkins as Jules’ womanizing neighbor) and, in the glass-half-full department, this kitty’s aspirations have nowhere to go but up.
Cox serves as exec producer as well as star, and her cachet may help get the program sampled (though that didn’t pan out especially well for her misguided FX comeback “Dirt”), but if the pilot is indicative of the show’s direction, it’s unlikely many will yearn to linger for long in “Cougar Town’s” untidy litter box.
Camera, Andrew H. Rawson; production designer, Cabot McMullen; editor, John Michel; music, Waz, Golden/SGRO; casting, Debby Romano, Brett Benner, Blyth Nailling. Running time: 30 MIN.
A Review from The New York Times
A Woman on the Prowl, Mixed Feelings in Tow
By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
Published: September 23, 2009
Older women seducing young men used to be a worldly French thing, prompted by last-chance love (Colette, Simone Signoret) or raison d’état (Eleanor of Aquitaine).
But ever since Ms. Moore became involved with Ashton Kutcher, the word cougar has burrowed its way into American pop culture much in the way that the adverb “really” has been turned into a sarcastic putdown. (Both idioms have skits on “Saturday Night Live,” “Cougar Den” and “Really!?! With Seth and Amy.” Really.)
Sitcoms are tapping into the conceit this season, most obviously on “Cougar Town,” an ABC comedy with Courteney Cox that begins on Wednesday. “Eastwick,” which follows “Cougar Town,” gives one of its three heroines, Rebecca Romijn, a boy toy, and the entire premise of “Accidentally on Purpose,” which began on CBS on Monday, is an older woman’s becoming pregnant after a dalliance with a 20-something slacker.
The cougar is becoming to today’s television what the single career gal was in the 1960s and ’70s: a novel, and slightly comical, figure. These days she is usually a self-hating heroine, however: the new shows assume that there is something unsavory about a May-December romance — like an affair with a married man, only this is with a too-young-to-marry-me man.
Ms. Cox plays Jules, a recently divorced Florida real estate agent with a teenage son and no social life. That plot description alone could drive away male viewers who fear that the show is a gateway drug to “Grey’s Anatomy.” But Bill Lawrence, creator of “Scrubs,” is a creator of “Cougar Town,” and it is funny even when its heroine is not.
The dialogue, timing and jokes have the madcap pace and anarchic spirit of “Scrubs,” and it takes a while for Ms. Cox to recalibrate her Monica persona from “Friends.” To her credit, Ms. Cox is game for anything, and the humor is raunchy and Seth Rogenish. But in the pilot she tends to overact, flattening arch slapstick and sharp-edged dialogue with clownish overkill.
It also takes awhile to accept this actress as a lonely divorcee sidelined by middle age. Ms. Cox is supposed to be a 40-year-old Everywoman who is appalled by what society — and the Florida man shortage — has done to her cohort.
“I know I’m one of them,” Jules says to Laurie as the camera pans Botoxed matrons in leather and low-cut leopard-print bustiers. “I just don’t feel like one of them.”
Ms. Cox’s face is so tight and unlined, and her figure so taut, that it’s hard to really see the distinction.
But as the pilot gets funnier, so does Jules. She is of course the butt of most of the jokes, but she is doughty and not without a sense of humor, though her teenage son, Travis (Dan Byrd, a champion of deadpan sarcasm), is rarely amused. “Why don’t you laugh at my jokes?” Jules asks him.
Travis replies, pityingly, “Because they make me sad.”
Jules picks up a handsome young man (David Clayton Rogers) at a singles’ bar, but is embarrassed and defensive about her choice. She has an annoyingly handsome and smug neighbor, Grayson (Josh Hopkins), a divorced playboy who dates much younger women with impunity, a double standard that drives Jules nuts. Grayson favors a youthful look, and that bugs her as well. (“In a hoodie?” she hollers indignantly at him as he walks a baby-faced date home for the night. “Really!?!”)
The show’s standout supporting character is Jules’s under-employed bum of an ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt), a former pro golfer and ladies’ man. Mr. Van Holt plays Bobby as a good-natured bad boy, basically a blond, jock version of Jack Nicholson. “I can’t believe I married you,” Jules fumes when Bobby asks for his alimony check in advance.
“Yeah,” he says, grinning. “That was a bad call.”
There isn’t enough Jack Nicholson in “Eastwick,” and that is one of the main reasons to avoid this ABC adaptation of the 1987 movie “The Witches of Eastwick,” which starred Mr. Nicholson alongside Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. That movie was based on a John Updike novel, and Mr. Nicholson was perfectly cast as the Mephistophelean stranger Darryl Van Horne, who ensorcells three women in a small New England town. Paul Gross, who plays Darryl in this version, seems more like Donny Osmond than the Devil.
And that makes this a very long hourlong comedy about three lovelorn women — Roxie (Ms. Romijn), Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) and Joanna (Lindsay Price from “Lipstick Jungle”) — who acquire magical powers. It’s a variation on “Desperate Housewives,” with only a slight change — from bitches to witches.
“Eastwick” suggests that it takes a satanic pact for an older woman to find an eligible, age-appropriate man. “Cougar Town” offers a more earthly and far more earthy alternative.
ABC, Wednesday nights at 9:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 8:30, Central time.
Created and written by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel; Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Biegel, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, executive producers. Produced by ABC Studios.
WITH: Courteney Cox (Jules), Busy Philipps (Laurie), Dan Byrd (Travis), Christa Miller (Ellie), Josh Hopkins (Grayson), Ian Gomez (Andy), Brian Van Holt (Bobby) and David Clayton Rogers (Matt).
ABC, Wednesday nights at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time.
Created and written by Maggie Friedman; directed by David Nutter; Ms. Friedman and David S. Rosenthal, executive producers; Michael Katleman, Nancy Won and Chris Dingess, co-executive producers; Marc David Alpert, producer. Produced by Warner Brothers Television.
WITH: Ashley Benson (Mia Torcoletti), Jon Bernthal (Raymond Gardener), Veronica Cartwright (Bun Waverly), Jaime Ray Newman (Kat Gardener), Lindsay Price (Joanna Frankel), Rebecca Romijn (Roxanne Torcoletti), Sara Rue (Penny Higgins), Johann Urb (Will St. David) and Paul Gross (Darryl Van Horne).
A Review from The LA Times
This ABC show, about a mid-40s mom eyeing younger men, does few groups any favors. The occasional joke will stick, and Courteney Cox makes her character as likable as possible. But: ick.
September 23, 2009|MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Ah, "Cougar Town." The title alone just makes your heart sing, doesn't it? It's right up there with the title of the reality show Jack Donaghy turned into a hit on "30 Rock," whose title, which referred to sexually active mothers, is so coarse we cannot print it here. Only that show was a joke and this is not. This is a real show whose main conceit is that having sex with a younger man is fun and exciting for women over 40.
Crude stuff for a family newspaper, but despite the warm-and-fuzzy-celebrity cred that star Courteney Cox brings to it, some funny lines and good acting all around, "Cougar Town" is a crude show, built on jokes about oral sex and droopy breasts, a show in which words like "coochie" are used with regrettable abandon.
The show opens with Cox's character, Jules, examining her naked, aging and, if her facial expressions are to be believed, simply awful body in the mirror. What some might see as a brave act by a female star -- look, the skin on her elbows is no longer as elastic as a 10-year-old's! -- others may view as a ridiculous attempt by Cox to prove that she is not preternaturally slim, trim and perhaps procedurally enhanced. As with many shows centered on a struggling single lead, Cox is way too attractive to be quite believable as the character she plays.
Jules, a lonely, divorced real estate agent, lives in a community that looks a lot like Agrestic from "Weeds" except that it's in Florida not California and filled with cougars instead of potheads.
Cougars, for the uninitiated, are middle-aged women who hook up with much younger men. Although some women fondly embrace the term, it is, at its root, a sexual pejorative; cougars may be sexy, but they carry with them a predatory air and the distinct whiff of desperation. Previous incarnations involved blowzy peignoirs and a bottle of gin -- in "Cougar Town," this has been updated to cocktails and implants.
Jules knows all this and apparently has spent much of her life making fun of all the cougars who surround her and saying things like, "Look, Travis' math teacher has new boobs." She is enraged by her recently separated neighbor Grayson's (Josh Hopkins) attempt to recapture his youth by bringing home a endless parade of nubile young women -- "Oh, a hoodie?" she yells at one point. "Really?" But when he suggests she couldn't catch a young thang if she tried (like this is something a man would even say to a woman), Jules decides to, in the parlance of the show, "go for it."
Clearly, creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel (both previously of "Scrubs") are trying to take on some legitimate issues, and no doubt there is pathos and insight to be gleaned from a divorced woman staring down her mid-40s as her child prepares to leave the nest, wondering if this is as good as it is ever going to get.
But that is no excuse, and I mean whatsoever, for having that woman look at a shirtless young man and say, "I want to lick him." Jules may have been out of the dating loop for a while, but did she spend her 30s in Judd Apatow's basement playing video games and watching "South Park"?
And it's not just her own dignity that's on the line. Travis (Dan Byrd of "Aliens in America") is Jules' teenage son, whose actual adolescence is being preempted by his mother's second go-round. Jules seems to take pride in her lack of boundaries, giving their relationship an ick factor that even Byrd's quietly hilarious performance cannot overcome.
He does his very best, though, stealing every scene he's in. "Why don't you laugh at my jokes?" his mother asks after she cracks one about the fact that, in an attempt to prove her attractiveness, she flashed a neighbor kid. "Because they make me sad," Travis says, giving voice to us all.
To make sure we understand the nature of Jules' torment, and the wide-ranging nature of female sexual dysfunctions, she is given two friends: Her young assistant Laurie (the always reliable Busy Philipps), who thinks pretty much every problem can be solved by another shot, and Ellie (Christa Miller), a new mother bitter over the fact that her husband still wants to have sex once a month without having to beg.
The maddening thing about "Cougar Town" is that it isn't completely unfunny or uncharming. Lawrence and Biegel are fine writers, and there are sparks amid the mire. Jules' ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt), is a lovable deadbeat, and their relationship is one of mutually defeated but still real affection.
Cox is working as hard as she's ever worked to give us a woman not so much desperate as afraid that things did not work out the way she planned and now it's too late to fix them. Certainly, everyone can relate to that.
But to take such a universal fear and boil it down to ancient and degrading jokes isn't fair to Cox, it isn't fair to women and it certainly isn't doing viewers any favors either.
An Article from USA TODAY
Courteney Cox is right at home in 'Cougar Town'
By Kelley L. Carter, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES — Courteney Cox has been on the prowl for a new comedy series.
The 45-year-old actress — whose last foray into comedy network television was NBC's fan favorite Friends— found it with ABC's Cougar Town (Wednesdays, 9:30 ET/PT).
In the series, Cox, who also produces the show, plays Jules Cobb, a newly divorced mother who discovers the dating world has changed since she was in the game 20 years ago. On the show, the only eligible men seem to be much younger than Cox's 40-year-old character, and the differences between the ages and the sexes ensure comical high jinks.
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The series is edgy, and her character is brash, bold and speaks before she thinks, all traits that Cox says she has.
"She's funny, she's goofy and she's kooky," Cox says, pausing to take a bite of her crab cake at the Four Seasons hotel. "And yet, she's a good mom. I'm like that."
Cox's comedy has resonated with TV viewers. The series averages about 9.8 million viewers each week, numbers that led ABC to reward the show with a full-season pickup last week.
In real life, Cox has been happily married to fellow actor David Arquette for 10 years. She's a cougar and proud of it: Arquette is seven years her junior.
Cox, who says she excels at giving advice, shares her outlook on life, her very own cougar commandments:
Rule #1: Be your own biggest fan
Cox smirks when she's asked who her favorite cougar is.
Naturally, it's her.
"I'm attracted to younger men, no doubt. Yeah, they're cute. I'm like one of the original cougars."
Demi Moore is a close second.
"I think it's inspirational and fantastic that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are together. First of all, they're gorgeous. And they're the nicest people," she says. "Also, I can't really tell their age difference. She looks so good that you have no idea how old she is."
Rule #2: Embrace your age
Shaving years off of your age is an old Hollywood trick; Cox doesn't do it.
"It's refreshing for someone to be in this business and be incredibly open about the things that she does to keep herself young," says co-star Busy Phillips, who plays Cox's younger, feistier assistant, Laurie Keller. "She'll tell you about her diet, exercise and face creams."
Still, Cox is aware that she's no longer the ingénue, a realization she says came during her last TV series, FX's Dirt. The best part about that? She's fine with it.
"I'm not the young one anymore. I'm not going to be the up-and-comer. When you accept this certain thing about getting older — and I'm not saying there's anything wrong — it's just that I'm just not 20 anymore. I'm not in my 30s. And that's OK. There's something very freeing about that."
Rule #3: Put a good cub in your corner
Cox nods when she hears people refer to her husband as one of the sweetest guys in Hollywood. It's one of the reasons she married him.
"He's a great-hearted person. He's extremely talented. He's extremely creative and he's eccentric. He's very unique," she says, dragging out the last word and pausing a few beats. "But don't get me wrong: He's not always the nicest person in the world. He gets irritable. He's impatient, but that's because his brain is just going. It's a very fast-moving brain."
Rule #4: Know your career strengths
Cox is known for having impeccable comedic timing, but she didn't want to rush into another comedy after Friends. Cougar Town was a match because to a certain extent, she's playing a version of herself.
"When you play a comedy, you kind of want to play close to yourself. I'm not playing a caricature of anyone. I'm playing a real character," she says.
Series creator Bill Lawrence, who worked with Cox on the first season of Friends and during her three-episode guest appearance last year on Scrubs, says the lengths to which Cox goes for a laugh are what sells the series.
Case in point: The show's pilot opens with Cox examining her naked body in the mirror.
"It's very hard to find a star of her level that is willing to be so shameless and put such a magnifying glass on herself this way," Lawrence says. "Most people are holding on to the illusion that they're in their 30s. Courteney was willing to jump in and embrace this character. It's pretty gutsy."
Rule #5: Offer sound advice
Before Cox became mom to 5-year-old Coco, she was the person kissing where it hurts and making it all better. In her circle of friends, Cox is the one people turn to when they need a shoulder to cry on.
"I'm everyone's mom," Cox says. "I'm the one that you come to when you have a problem. I love it, and I'm really good at it."
She's the kind of person who will hand out advice — whether it's tips on getting pregnant or navigating relationships.
"She has a huge matriarchal streak to her personality. We're only on Episode 8, and I go to her when I need advice on something," says co-star Josh Hopkins, who plays Cox's newly divorced neighbor, Grayson Ellis. "This is weird. I don't know her that well. And I'm like, 'I don't know why I'm not telling my friends, but I'm telling you …' "
Rule #6: Respect your body
Cox says she has never felt better.
She has always been a health nut, but when she turned 45, she says, she kicked up her workout regimen. And no, she says, it's not because she's often shown in lingerie on the show.
"I love to eat. I love eating and drinking. And I don't want to stop that. So now, I'd rather work out harder to eat what I want," she says.
"I've always been pretty obsessed with staying healthy, but as far as staying fit, I'm kicking it to a different level now."
Rule #7: Multitask like mad
Like most working moms, Cox constantly struggles to stay on top of things. Coco just started kindergarten, but Cox says she has been able to pick her daughter up from school only once. With Arquette directing Medium (which stars his sister Patricia), scheduling conflicts often arise.
"This is the most taxing job I've had," she says. "This time is the most challenging. Coco goes to school for seven or eight hours a day, and we have to schedule with the nanny. We're making it work somehow."
Rule #8: Learn from previous gigs
Jules Cobb is Cox's favorite role to date — yes, it trumps her iconic portrayal of Monica Geller — because it's truer to who she is, she says.
"Monica was very competitive and she was a great character, but we all had such distinct personalities on Friends. But Jules runs the gamut," Cox says. "She can make you cry. She can make you laugh. She embarrasses you. She's really multifaceted in her personality. That's why she's my favorite."
Rule #9: Make time for friends
Come Sunday, Cox's friends always know where to find her.
Every week, Cox and Arquette invite a group of friends over for food and drinks. (Yes, her BFF Jennifer Aniston comes, too.)
Cox says the tradition comes from growing up in Alabama. "I would go over to my grandma's house every Sunday at 5 o'clock. I had 21 first cousins. We all used to gather there and tell stories and talk and drink and have fun and eat great food."
The guest list varies, but there's a core group in attendance every week. Arquette, whom Cox calls a social butterfly, often brings new guests.
"He'll go out and meet somebody, and the next thing you know, they'll be over at our house on Sunday," Cox says. "So yeah. There are some days I wish we didn't have so many people over. And some days I'm so happy."
An Article from The New York Daily News
Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow will share small screen again on 'Cougar Town'
BY AMY EISINGER
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friends who act together, stay together.
At least, that seems to be true for Lisa Kudrow, who will make a guest appearance on Courteney Cox's new show, "Cougar Town," reports TV Guide magazine. But the real life buds, who starred as Monica and Phoebe on the hit series "Friends," may share the small screen in a slightly different way this time.
"If it all works out, she'll play a dermatologist that my character can't stop going to even though the doctor is mean to me," Cox told TV Guide. The show's writers don't know how it will all work out just yet, but Cox reveals "whatever it is, she's the best in town at what she does and I become addicted.
A Review from Entertainment Weekly
Fall TV preview: Cougar Town
Returning comedy premieres Sept. 22 9:30-10PM, ABC
By Jessica Shaw | Sep 10, 2010
It's only the fourth day back from summer hiatus, and already there's been a mass murder/suicide on the set of Cougar Town. One by one, the cast members fall, their bodies buckling before crashing to the floor. ''We're going for the first-ever quintuple,'' says Courteney Cox, two seconds before pulling the trigger and wiping out costars Busy Philipps, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins, and Brian Van Holt. Of course, this instance of killer comedy is all a big joke — it's part of an episode in which Jules (Cox) and company pretend that Ellie's (Christa Miller) baby, Stan, has died in order to score lawn-mowing and cooking favors from creepy neighbor Tom (Robert Clendenin). It promises to be just one of many so-wrong-it's-right moments on tap for season 2 of the ABC sitcom, which has transformed from an unfortunately titled creative disappointment into one of the funniest comedies on TV.
The fact that Cougar Town is still on the air is something of a surprise considering the show's initial problems — as well as the unsexy ratings (viewership dropped from 12 million to 7 million over the course of the season). The series started with an uneven pilot and promo shots of Cox, who stars as single real estate agent Jules, wearing a tight tee that read ''40 is the new 20.'' Most of the plots involved Jules hitting on hotties half her age — in keeping with the show's extremely played-out title. Says Gomez, who plays Ellie's lovable, henpecked husband, Andy: ''At first it was like, 'Huh, is she going to date younger guys all the time?' [Makes a snoring sound] Boring!''
The producers thought so too. Slowly, they began refining the writing, and about halfway through the season, the show did a 180-degree turn and became an ensemble piece less about dating and more about Jules' merry band of misfit friends and their unhealthy obsession with drinking red wine before noon. ''I don't know if we noticed it early on, but the cast was really funny together,'' says exec producer Bill Lawrence of the series' evolution. ''So it was like, 'Why are we doing these random stories with week-to-week actors when we have funnier stuff?' I don't think Courteney had a scene with Ian Gomez until episode 5.'' Though he and exec producer Kevin Biegel wrote the pilot, they made sure to hire a half-female writers' room, who were quick to speak up when a story line didn't ring true — particularly when it came to Jules' love-hate-lust relationship with neighbor Grayson (Hopkins). ''One writer said to me, 'If I was 40 and single, we'd just go hook up,' '' recalls Lawrence. ''The 'Oh my God, will they or won't they' angst seemed fake to her.'' For her part, Cox is thrilled with the new approach. ''Yes, maybe I'm the lead of this show, but I never wanted it to be anything but all of us,'' says the 46-year-old star. ''Who wants to be in every scene and every shot? That's exhausting. I'm tired!'' Notes Philipps, who plays Jules' endearingly slutty protégée, Laurie: ''I remember Bill [Lawrence] walking up to Courteney, Christa, and me in a scene and saying, 'Now, this is what the show is about. It's about friends.' And they changed things. They changed what had been planned.''
Another thing that almost changed was the title itself. Toward the end of season 1, Jules had to turn in her cougar cred when she began dating Hopkins' fortysomething cul-de-sac hottie. So now not only did the title appear to be turning off viewers, it also made no sense. ''The title made it seem like dating younger guys was all she was ever going to do,'' says Cox. Over the summer, producers mulled possible name changes, including Friends and Neighbors and Neighborhood Jules. ''We were never going to change the title to anything with the word friends unless we used the same exact font as Friends,'' says Lawrence. What about the double entendre Family Jules? ''Yeah, because Cougar Town wasn't offensive enough to people, now I'll call the show Nuts?'' jokes Lawrence. ''The only title we liked was Sunshine State, and we thought about changing it to that, but then [Matthew Perry's ABC midseason comedy] Mr. Sunshine got picked up, so we said, 'Eh, screw it.' Now we wear it as a badge of honor. Let's see if we can keep TV's worst title on the air!''
No doubt a season premiere featuring Cox's real-life bestie, Jennifer Aniston, will help the cause. ''Jen plays Courteney's new shrink, because I'm a businessman first and I'm hoping she comes back,'' says Lawrence. ''The story is about how Jules entrusted herself to a shrink she believes in, and then finds out that the therapist is crazy.'' So we shouldn't hold our breath for a kiss, like the last time Aniston and Cox appeared together, on the latter's doomed tabloid drama Dirt? ''I don't think we're going to kiss this time,'' says Cox with a laugh. ''But that stupid little kiss still gets hits on the Internet. I was like, 'Wow, our hellos are more intimate than that. We kiss longer in real life!'''
Beyond the Aniston ratings bait, season 2 will also see Jules' sarcastic son, Travis (Dan Byrd), move away to college, which, as Cox says, ''is devastating for a mother who likes to drink his tears and would like to live in his blood.'' (Friday Night Lights' LaMarcus Tinker will be introduced as Travis' college roomie because, says Lawrence, ''their universe seems a little lily-white.'') Producers plan to send the gang to the Bahamas later in the season, perhaps on the boat of Jules' slacker ex-husband, Bobby (Van Holt). Also look for a Jules-and-Andy dance episode. ''Oddly, Courteney and Ian Gomez love to sexy-dance in her bungalow,'' says Biegel. ''So it was easy to talk them into it.'' And yes, there will still be plenty of jokes about Grayson's minuscule eyes. ''I'm sick of it!'' Hopkins faux-fumes. ''When those lines keep popping up in scripts, that's when you know people in the writers' room are talking about you behind your back.''
But will people be talking about the new and improved Cougar Town? ''I think we've got a real shot this season, a How I Met Your Mother type of shot,'' says Lawrence. ''Without a doubt the first six episodes of the year are a big deal. If it does the same as last year, it'll be on for five years. If it goes down, I guess it depends.'' Cox, also an exec producer, is feeling the stress too. ''Would I like our ratings to be as good as Modern Family's? Sure,'' she says. ''Friends would get a 32 share, and now we're so excited because we got 7 million viewers?'' There's only so much worrying she can do, though, because it's time to change outfits for another scene, this one involving the phrase ''dead-baby tacos.'' A crew member approaches, waving a lightly padded beige bra in front of the star. ''They're not as good as they used to be,'' Cox says, glancing down at her chest. ''They're little since I had a kid. But hey, they're something — and we'll do whatever we can to get ratings.''
To watch some clips from Cougar Town go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cougar+town+tv+show&aq=0
For a Page dedicated to Cougar Town go to http://timvp.com/cougartown.html
For a few websites dedicated to Courtney Cox go to http://www.courteney-online.com/ and http://www.courteney-cox.net/
For some websites dedicated to Christa Miller go to http://www.christamiller.org/ and http://www.christamiller.info/
For a Website dedicated to Busy Philipps go to http://www.busy-philipps.org/
For a Website dedicated to Dan Byrd go to http://www.freewebs.com/dan-byrd/index2.htm
For a Website dedicated to Dan Byrd go to http://danbyrdonline.blogspot.com/
To listen to the theme song of Cougar Town go to http://www.televisiontunes.com/Cougar_Town.html and to listen to my sexuality from Cougar Town go to http://www.televisiontunes.com/Cougar_Town_-__My_Sexuality.html
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