With Wednesday’s announcement that Cougar Town would officially be coming to TBS, we couldn’t help but ask star Courteney Cox the second burning question on our minds: Has she, like her alter ego Jules during last night’s episode, ever forgotten to flush? “I actually don’t flush a lot,” she admitted to Vulture at the Turner networks upfront luncheon at Del Posto. “That’s because I pee about five times during the night. If I flushed every time, somebody would would wake up. I flush when it’s important, you know?”
So that’s settled! As for the move from ABC to a new network, the actress couldn’t be happier about the cul-de-sac crew boozing into the New Year, and it’s all thanks to series creator Bill Lawrence’s “never say die” attitude. “You know, Bill kept saying this show is not going to go away, it’s not going to go away. When he speaks like that, you know that he means it. I don’t know what his plan was, but what he and ABC Studios did by pursuing this deal just shows how much faith they have in the show,” Cox said. “We love doing this show, and it’s a great fit because TBS really promotes their shows. We have a lot of fans that are very avid, we just need more of them. Being on TBS is a shot to get a new group of people to check us out.” The actress, who just finished directing the upcoming Lifetime movie Tallhotblonde, based on the true story of a romance that begins online and ends in murder, said she’s looking forward to spending some downtime with her daughter, Coco, 7, before Cougar Town resumes production on new episodes in August for a premiere in 2013. On the other hand, her wheels are already turning when it comes to cable’s near-limitless boundaries. “As a producer, I can’t wait. This is a fresh start. It will feel like the same show, but we’re going to have a new [showunner], there will be new people, new changes.”
That last comment from Cox set off our Spidey senses, since in all of the reporting about the show’s move to TBS, we hadn’t heard anything about staff changes on the show. Vulture contacted a rep for Lawrence, who confirmed that Cox hadn’t been sipping out of Big Carl for too long: It turns out Lawrence and co-creator Kevin Biegel are indeed planning to step back from day-to-day oversight of Cougar Town. They’ll remain actively involved in the creative direction of the show, but Lawrence, Biegel, and Cox are now hunting for a new showrunner to oversee the first batch of ten episodes for TBS. It’s unclear yet whether they’ll bring in someone from the outside or look from within the show’s current writing ranks.
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We broke the news on Saturday that TBS was in talks to pick up ABC’s comedy series Cougar Town. As we projected on Sunday, the negotiations reached a successful conclusion, and the cable network just announced the pickup. There are no details on the order but I had heard that TBS and Cougar Town producer ABC Studios were targeting a 15-episode one. TBS today announced a fourth-season pickup for Cougar Town to premiere in early 2013, though I hear the studio has the cast locked in for another season after that, so a fifth season could be in the cards too, bringing the series to comfortable syndicatable levels. In addition to ordering new episodes, TBS has acquired the rights to Cougar Town‘s first three seasons of 61 episodes that originally aired on ABC. While never a hit, the series starring Courteney Cox has enjoyed a devoted following by a core group of passionate fans. TBS’ pickup of Cougar Town complicates things for two pilots, CBS’ untitled Louis CK/Spike Feresten project and NBC’s Kari Lizer project, both of which star Cougar Town cast members in second position, Dan Byrd and Josh Hopkins, respectively. (Chances for the latter appear very slim at NBC.) This is the second consecutive Bill Lawrence comedy to switch networks, following Scrubs‘ jump to ABC following its 2008 cancellation by NBC. Lawrence co-created Cougar Town with Kevin Biegel. Turner previously picked up another broadcast series, NBC drama Southland, which was recently renewed for a fifth season by TNT. Additionally, TBS brought in Conan O’Brien for a late-night show after his exit from NBC. Here is more from TBS’ release:
“Cougar Town is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “We are thrilled to have Cougar Town moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series.”
In Cougar Town, Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently divorced mom struggling with the challenges and pitfalls that come with a new chapter in her life. Jules spends much of her time enjoying wine with her group of friends known as the “cul de sac crew.” They include her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt); next-door neighbor and confidante Ellie (Christa Miller); Ellie’s loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez); Jules’ fiancé and neighbor, Grayson (Josh Hopkins); and Jules’ feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps). Meanwhile, Jules’ college-student son, Travis (Dan Byrd), often proves himself more adult than anyone in the group.
Cougar Town was co-created by executive producer/writer/director Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) and executive producer/writer Kevin Biegel (Scrubs). Courteney Cox and David Arquette also serve as executive producers. Cougar Town is produced by ABC Studios.
Cougar Town is the latest project to join TBS’s ever-growing slate of original series. The lineup also includes the May 24 debut of the new buddy comedy series Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy, Adam Busch and Meredith Hagner. In July, TBS will launch Sullivan & Son, a new sitcom starring comedian Steve Byrne and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Rob Long. This year will also include the debut of Wedding Band, a new scripted comedy series starring Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore. TBS will set out to crown the ultimate nerd in the reality-competition series King of the Nerds (working title), hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.
Cougar Town is very much on the bubble but a possible cancellation by ABC would not necessarily spell the end of the underrated comedy about a group of wine-loving friends. I’ve learned that TBS has been in talks with Cougar Town producer ABC Studios about potentially picking up the series starring Courteney Cox if ABC ends up canceling it. Sources close to the situation stress that the conversations are very preliminary and that transitioning a broadcast series to cable is always tricky financially. “Should the show become available, TEN looks at all opportunities presented to us that fit our brand,” a rep for TBS’ parent Turner Entertainment Networks said, declining further comment.
Cougar Town has had a rough third season. It was taken out of the protected post-Modern Family time slot. Its order was reduced and it was kept off ABC’s fall and midseason schedules until finally landing in the Tuesday 8:30 PM slot after Work It fizzled. Because Cougar Town is produced by ABC’s sister studio, one could assume that the network is aware of the talks with TBS and that the company as a whole might be exploring ways to continue the praised comedy series, which enjoys a devoted following by a core group of passionate fans and is a season away from a shot at syndication.
As ABC is reviewing its comedy pilots for next season, several of its existing series have a good shot at renewals. In addition to Modern Family, The Middle, Suburgatory and Happy Endings, which are assured to return, that also appears very likely for midseason entry Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23, which has several other networks interested and ready to scoop it up if ABC passes. Also looking good to come back is Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, which had a tough assignment to hold its own as the only multi-camera ABC comedy trying to open a new comedy night for the network. A pickup of Cougar Town by TBS (or ABC) would complicate things for two pilots, CBS’ untitled Louis CK/Spike Feresten project and NBC’s Kari Lizer project, both of which star Cougar Town cast members in second position, Dan Byrd and Josh Hopkins, respectively. If Cougar Town moves to TBS, it would be the second consecutive Bill Lawrence comedy to switch networks, following Scrubs‘ jump to ABC following its 2008 cancellation by NBC. Lawrence co-created Cougar Town with Kevin Biegel. Turner previously picked up another broadcast series, NBC drama Southland, which was recently renewed for a fifth season by TNT.
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David Arquette may have moved on from his marriage, but he hasn’t left his relationship with Courteney Cox behind.
The actor will be appearing on Cougar Town’s upcoming season finale, and there was joy in the familiar.
“It’s great to act with Courteney,” he told PEOPLE at Thursday’s Women in Media dinner hosted by the Creative Coalition in Washington, D.C. “I love it. We met on a set, and it’s great to revisit that.”
Cox, too, has no hard feelings toward her ex, with whom she has been separated since 2010. “We treat each other with respect,” Arquette explained. “You don’t throw out all the good times you shared just for the change in feelings.”
As someone with a notable wild streak, Arquette added: “I’m trying to be more grown up nowadays. It’s not easy. In my heart, I just want to swing on these chandeliers, but I’m trying to keep my pants on and not run around naked.”
Having daughter Coco, who turns 8 in June, helps keep the streaker in check. “She loves writing. She’s so funny. Such beautiful little cute stories that she writes,” he said. “But she does have a run-on sentence problem. She’s so adorable.”
Monica as Rachel? Jo as Monica?!
Before a young unknown named Jennifer Aniston entered the equation, Courteney Cox was originally cast as Rachel on Friends — and Facts of Life star Nancy McKeon was set to play Monica, which Cox ultimately took on. The role of Chandler that eventually went to Matthew Perry was originally given to lesser-known actor Craig Bierko.
And, indeed, Friends almost wasn’t Friends — the NBC smash sitcom’s original title was Six of One. “We thought [that title] was such a snore,” former NBC exec Karey Burke says in the May Vanity Fair’s “Oral History of Friends” story, as excerpted in Thursday’s Page Six. “Some people thought the show was too Gen X, way too narrow.”
Before landing the Chandler role, Perry, 42, was originally set to star in a show called LAX 2194, about baggage handlers of the future. Debuting in 1994, Friends lasted for 10 seasons and became one of the most successful and beloved sitcoms ever, with each cast member (also including Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc) netting $1 million per episode for the final seasons.
Also revealed in the “Oral History”: The cast hated the romantic pairing of Rachel (Aniston) and Joey (LeBlanc). “It felt wildly inappropriate,” LeBlanc says. “[The cast] got super-defensive about the whole thing.”