The tightrope walk from series television to feature films is often a slippery one. Linger too long on one end and you’ll end up like Debra Messing, resembling the poor man’s much-older Katherine Heigl — a sad, sad spinster eternally saddled with romantic failures and enough neuroses to be institutionalized. On the flip side, maybe Julia Louis-Dreyfuss has done the smart thing by embracing another TV vehicle that forces her (ironically or otherwise) to embrace the concept of not-youth. And it’s here that the further foibles of the Friends ladies — which at once conflate Messing’s desperate youth with Louis-Dreyfuss’ self-awareness while keeping our eyes peeled more than any Friends flick could — may be exclusively hit-or-miss.
We’ve known for a while about Courteney Cox’s next television project—an ABC dramedy dubbed Cougar Town where Cox, a noted divorcée, macks on much-younger men and pretends that it isn’t a big deal while making a big deal about it. Here have a look at the trailer; highlights include a cameo by Busy Phillips and Cox telling a guy on a date, “You are hot as balls.”
Cox has also teased that she wouldn’t mind it if Jennifer Aniston—who’s currently starring in Pumas, another film cashing in on our obsession with the Mrs. Robinson complex—dropped by to Cougar Town. She says, “If [producer Bill Lawrence] writes her a character, I’m sure she’ll be glad to do it.” Observe how a man who’s minted his production legacy on the bro humor of Scrubs can also sympathize with the plight of older women looking to re-enter the dating world. Hot as balls indeed.
Contrastingly, Lisa Kudrow, she of Valerie Cherish fame, has sounded off on the perils of cougardom, saying, “It’s not easy being a cougar.” About her character in Bandslam, Kudrow makes an important distinction: “My character is getting hit on by a 17-year-old. But it’s all his initiative, it’s not like this woman was trying to seduce him.” Still this makes her no less of a cougar, although it could make her classier—always a plus in the animal kingdom.
The networks have announced their Fall schedules, but which series will be worth watching? Throughout the Summer, as I watch the pilots, I’ll be posting my first impressions. Note that a lot can change before a show actually makes it to air, so these aren’t reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today’s pick: the ABC comedy Cougar Town.
What’s it about? A divorced 40-year-old real estate agent with a teenage son tries to find out if she can regain her dating mojo while also keeping her self-respect.
Who’s in it? Courteney Cox, Busy Philipps, Christa Miller, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Brian Van Holt
The good: There’s something familiar and welcoming about seeing Cox on screen again as Jules, and I got a kick out of some of the supporting players, especially Philipps as Cox’s unabashedly trashy co-worker. There are a couple of funny continuing gags, including one with peanut butter crackers and another with footie pajamas. Byrd (Heroes, Aliens in America) does a great job of convincing us that having Jules for a mother would be embarrassing.
The bad: The show’s language is surprisingly raunchy — I’d give an example, but I don’t think I can print it here — and Jules can seem too sex-crazed and desperate (especially because it’s hard to believe she’s having such trouble finding a date in the first place). The show leans on physical comedy more than I expected, though to be fair, Cox can pull it off. I love that there’s a show with a hot leading lady in her 40s, but judging from one episode, it doesn’t seem quite like the sensitive, pro-woman comedy I was hoping for.
Will I watch? I’m really pulling for this show, and I have faith in its stars and creator, but I’m a little concerned about it. I’ll still follow it for a while, at least.
Courteney Cox’s new show Cougar Town is being deemed too X-rated for primetime!
The show is scheduled to make its debut on ABC this fall, but before it airs, it needs to clean up its act!
The show is about a group of middle-aged women who will romance any guy without a bald spot, which sounds innocent enough. But the bosses at ABC are having issues with how raunchy the content is.
Apparently execs are furious at Cox, saying that ABC isn’t cable, and that she and writers have pushed the envelope from edgy to downright filthy!
We’re talking kinky sex references, f-bombs, and sex with boys age 15! What does Courteney think this is, Showtime?? Maybe she should have pitched the show there. They love any shows having to do with sex and drugs!
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