Cougar Town (Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET. premieres Sept. 23)
Premise of the screener: Courteney Cox stars as a divorced single mother trying to balance dating, aging, and raising her teenage son in a beauty and youth obsessed culture. The comedy is written and produced by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence.
Mike says: The first few minutes of Cougar Town felt a little like a Robin Williams stand-up routine. There were a million jokes rushing at me at once, but only about half of them were funny. Thankfully, the show soon settled into a great groove offering tons of laugh-out-loud moments. A lot of the credit should go to Lawrence. Dude knows how to write the funny. But Cox also deserves some praise. She’s great as an aging and insecure divorcee who seems to have no interior monologue. She was rarely this funny on Friends.
I didn’t find the show’s premise very appealing, but this is a comedy not a relationship drama. What really matters here are the jokes, the tone and the cast. Cougar Town delivers on all of those levels. Like he did with Scrubs, Lawrence has packed his new show with very talented comedic actors (Busy Philipps, Christa Miller, Ian Gomez) who hit all the right notes and seem to be in tune with his calculated, quirky style. (And yes, it seems like the town the characters live in is called Cougartown.)