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The Delights of 'Cougar Town,' with Bonus Penny Can Secrets from Ian Gomez

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 3rd 2010 2:15PM
If I could make one command -- an edict that every TV viewer would have to follow -- I would direct the people of Earth to give 'Cougar Town' (9:30PM ET Wednesday, ABC) another chance. (I'd also ask you to give FX's very enjoyable 'Terriers' a try, if you haven't already. Yes, I know that's two commands. Work with me here.)

Last week's 'Cougar Town' may end up being one of my favorite episodes of television of the year. The Halloween installment of the show was delightfully written and acted and featured a terrific guest performance from 'Scrubs' star Ken Jenkins as Jules' dad. If you gave up on 'Cougar Town' last year or never gave it a shot, that's the episode to watch (there are seven episodes, including the Halloween one, here, and a previous piece singing this sterling comedy's praises here).

This week's episode features a prominent story line for Jules' neighbor Andy, who's played by Ian Gomez. Given that knowledge, I concocted a plan make Gomez reveal his penny-can secrets and other intel about the show.

Here are Seven Things That Ian Gomez Revealed About 'Cougar Town':

1. In tonight's episode, the issue of whether Andy and Jules are really friends -- as opposed to Andy being the merely tolerated husband of Jules' best friend, Ellie -- comes up. "I try to convince her we really are friends," said Gomez, who somehow gets Jules to go out dancing with him. "It's hip-hop dancing. It's slightly naughty dancing, not really dirty dancing. Or maybe it is."

2. We all know the 'Cougar Town' gang loves their red wine -- and once in a while, on the set, the actors are really drinking wine. Occasionally, the usual non-alcoholic grape juice in their glasses is replaced by the real thing. "It's later in in the evening, when we need a little something," Gomez said.

3. Ian Gomez wants a robot baby. Early in season 2, the show made light of the fact that we rarely see Stan, Andy and Ellie's baby. But that's because TV sets can be less than enjoyable for babies, as co-creator Bill Lawrence noted in this edition of the 'Talking TV' podcast. Gomez sounds as though he agrees with Lawrence. "I'd rather have a robot baby," Gomez said. "That's my stand on it. I think they should enjoy being babies, not be on TV."

4. Josh Hopkins, who plays Grayson, is the best at penny can, the 'Cougar Town' game that is as simple as it sounds -- it consists of tossing a penny into a can. "He's a basketball player. He's really good," Gomez said. Gomez said Hopkins is at the top of the penny can league standings, with Brian Van Holt (Bobby Cobb) not far behind. "The rest of us are kind of sub par," Gomez admitted.

5. Good penny can technique is "all about the loft," Gomez says. "You have to get the right loft. You can't line-drive it in there. It's about the finesse." He added that he's pretty good at the penny-can game on the 'Cougar Town' website.

6. He agrees with almost everyone that the title for the show is "awful," but he's enjoying the way the show is playing with the title in the opening credits. One week the show put the word "Still" over the words 'Cougar Town' and another week superimposed the words "Titles are hard." Gomez said a title card coming up will pay tribute to 'Modern Family,' ABC's better-known comedy hit. (I love me some 'Modern Family,' but a word to the wise -- some weeks, 'Cougar Town' is better. No, really, it is!)

7. Spoilers ahead for upcoming episodes: "I heard that in a script coming up, Bobby's boat goes into the water. I can't wait to see what happens with that," Gomez said. In the Thanksgiving episode, which airs Nov. 24, Elle and Laurie try to break Andy of his congenital optimism. "Other things happen, but the Andy story is about them trying to break me, and they can't," Gomez noted. (Speaking of upcoming episodes, Jules' son Travis brings home a college girlfriend for the first time in the Nov. 17 episode. That ought to go well.)


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The Forest Chef

Penny Can! That game cracked me up for-ever! 7,505 points, baby. PENNY CAN! Giggles...and thanks for the link!

November 06 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jefflyall

Mo,
While I agree with you that Cougar Town has improved since its debut last year, my enthusiasm is apparently not as great as yours. Maybe it is nothing more than just a guy vs a chick thing perspective, too. Cougar Town is well written and acted. CT has become more early "Scrubs"-like in its comically dark and manic stream of consciousness dialogue (minus the surreal fantasy segments of Scrubs)--and that is not necessarily a bad thing. However, just like the ambivalent but mostly snarky relationships in Scrubs, those same dynamics make it challenging to identify with or root for any one character which sometimes makes both Scrubs and Cougar Town unwatchable for me. The frenetic pacing of both shows sometimes leaves this 40 something viewer exhausted...and a little envious of the characters' unabating stamina and clever banter. One would think that with the copious amounts of red wine consumed by its lead characters that they would either collectively be passed out on Jule's couch or at least communicating at a much less caffeinated and witty pace.

November 04 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Javanese

It's gets better every week. Tonight episode was fun, and you get the sense the actors really enjoy working in this show.

November 04 2010 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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November 04 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I love saying Penny-Can.

November 03 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Piper

Penny Can!

November 04 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bri

Some weeks CT is better than MF? I can't think of a week this season when I haven't felt that.

I'm still chuckling about 'dead baby lasagna.'

November 03 2010 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
katie71483

Thanks for your piece on Cougar Town! It is one of my favorite comedies on t.v. right now. My friends look at me funny when I tell them how great it is - they all gave up on it after the first two or three episodes of the first season. It's so nice to know that I'm not the only one that thinks it's great. :)

BTW, I thought the idea on your podcast to switch Gemma Teller from SoA with Jules was awesomely hilarious. I can't decide which would be funnier - watching Gemma butt heads with Ellie or watching Jules walk in to the club house and completely freak out, lol.

November 03 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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