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The Cast and Crew of 'Cougar Town' Judge 'Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 9:45AM
Dan Byrd & Busy Philipps, 'Food Network Star'The contestants on 'Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food) got to visit the set of 'Cougar Town,' where they were given the challenge of cooking for various members of the show's staff. Three of them (Susie, Justin D. and Whitney) cooked for the cast, where we learned that Busy Philipps has a pretty discerning palette.

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When it came time for their critiques, the best they could muster up about Justin D. seemed to be support for his glasses. "He's got that sexy Harry Potter chef thing going on," Brian Van Holt said.

There were several problems with Whitney's dish. Paula Deen was on-hand as well, and she said, "it was just like a vegetable dish. It bored me out of my gourd."

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Josh Hopkins Denies He's Dating 'Really Hot' Co-Star Courteney Cox (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 18th 2011 6:00PM
Josh Hopkins on 'Access Hollywood Live'David Arquette and Courteney Cox are separated, which can lead to quite a bit of rumors. Cox's 'Cougar Town' co-star Josh Hopkins went on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to talk about the latest story, based on photos of him and Cox at St. Bart's, which links the pair romantically. He says it's not true, not that he'd mind.

Hopkins said he understands why people would draw that inference from the photos of the two of them at the beach, but said he and others from the show were invited. 'Cougar' creator Bill Lawrence told him St. Bart's was fun, and he decided to go. "Plus, I could get her access," said Hopkins. "I couldn't probably get a restaurant in St. Bart's, but with her, I was in."

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Becoming Special Friends on 'Cougar Town' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 6th 2010 12:30AM
Becoming Special Friends on 'Cougar Town'What do you do once you've slept with someone -- and you're not ready to take things to the next level? Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) have finally had sex on 'Cougar Town' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC). But now, they don't know what to do. So Grayson gently suggests that they take things in a more "FWB" direction. What does that mean?

Jules says that maybe the whole having sex thing should just be "a one time deal." Grayson offers a mild rebuttal to this. "Or," he says, "we could just be friends... with benefits."

"You snuck that in at the end, didn't you?" Jules replies. "Friends... with benefits." Yes. Well played, Grayson.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Letting You Go' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 29th 2010 10:02AM
Courteney Cox, Brian Van Holt, and Dan Byrd in 'Cougar Town' - 'Letting You Go'(
(S01E21)
Jules Cobb is TV's creepiest mom, but in a good way.

We've known from the beginning of this series how close she is to her son Travis; it's a twisted 'Gilmore Girls' situation, where a young mom is relating to her kid more as a buddy than as a mom. But thrown into the buddy mix is Jules' paralyzing fear that Travis is going to grow up and leave her all alone. So when you see Jules make a sport out of watching her son sleep -- she calls it the "sleepy show" to Laurie and Ellie when they join in -- you're not nearly as creeped out as you should be.

And that, my friends, is why this show has managed to transcend its original premise and succeed.

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Jules and Grayson Hook Up on 'Cougar Town' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 29th 2010 7:12AM
Jules and Grayson Hook Up on 'Cougar Town'Though both divorcees, Jules and her neighbor Grayson have been living their newly single lives on 'Cougar Town' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC) in very different ways. But we figured these two hooking up was bound to happen eventually.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Wake Up Time' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 15th 2010 10:51AM
Courteney Cox and Dan Byrd in 'Cougar Town' - 'Wake Up Time'(S01E20) Because of the loose nature of the latest episodes of 'Cougar Town,' it's a show that's become very difficult to review.

I can scramble around, trying to write down every funny line that was uttered, which won't give me a chance to really take the show in like I should. But if I take the show in and just absorb it for the plots and characters, I'm finding that I sit in front of my computer to write and can't recall any particularly strong plotlines to talk about. They feel more like plot threads, which are hard to grab and hold onto.

This week those plot threads were a little stronger; they were more like plot ropes. Which, in light of the funny but head-scratching episodes we've seen in the last few months, gives me hope that a balance is being struck.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Everything Man' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 1st 2010 11:29AM
Josh Hopkins and Sheryl Crow in 'Cougar Town' - 'Everything Man'(S01E19) Usually, when I review a show, I try to incorporate some of the key quotes into my reviews. This method works well for shows like 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Office,' and it worked well for Bill Lawrence's other show, 'Scrubs.' But 'Cougar Town' just doesn't lend itself to heavy quoting.

Not that the episodes aren't full of funny lines -- who wouldn't laugh at the term "pursey-whipped?" But when I watch the show, I'm more interested in how the characters are relating to each other and how the ensemble comes together from week to week. I'm just fascinated by the transformation this show has undergone in its first season, from a show centering on Courteney Cox and her character's issues with dating younger men to more of a show about a loving -- albeit a bit odd -- extended family. And this episode was one of the best illustrations of that transformation.

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Sheryl Crow Wants a Date With Grayson on 'Cougar Town' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 25th 2010 3:51AM
Cougar Town, Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow has a proposition for Grayson, and it involves a wine named Hurpes (it's French) and a dinner date. But Ellie has a few words of warning on 'Cougar Town' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC).

"His house is like a clown car for barely legal bimbos," said Ellie. No matter. Crow is as old as two 20-year-olds, "so maybe it'll feel like a menage trois." It's French.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Turn This Car Around' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2010 12:02AM
Sheryl Crow and Josh Hopkins in 'Cougar Town' - 'Turn This Car Around'(S01E18) Is it weird of me to think that the less I see of Courteney Cox in an episode, the more I like it?

Don't get me wrong; since this show has settled into being an ensemble show instead of being just about Jules Cobb, Cox's performance has become more nuanced and realistic. But what's also been happening is that the surrounding characters' stories have become more interesting, while Jules stays the same wine drinkin' fool she's been since day one.

So tonight, when Jules vows to not drink wine for a month, we saw what happens when Jules Cobb turns into Monica Gellar. It wasn't pleasant, but it also wasn't as annoying as it seemed to be portrayed. More on this later.

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'Cougar Town' Stars Talk Nudity and 'Sex with Your Ex'

by Neil Busch, posted Mar 22nd 2010 4:00PM
In AOL TV's Outside the Box interview, Cougar Town Outside the Box Interview'Cougar Town' stars Josh Hopkins and Busy Philipps sat down to discuss the funniest things that have happened behind the scenes, on-screen nudity and incorporating more singing and dancing into the show. Josh gave us a sneak peek at his new song, 'Sex with Your Ex.'

Hopkins and Philipps dished on everything from what they were like in high school to the real-life inspiration behind their characters. They told us how much of the show's dialogue is ad lib and described the welcome adjustment from drama to comedy acting.
Plus, Philipps exposed her love for the ultimate "cougar bait," Zac Efron.

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'Cougar Town' - 'What Are You Doin' In My Life?' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 4th 2010 1:05AM
Cougar Town(S01E16) "That woman happens to be my family." - Laurie about Jules

I've been enjoying these last few episodes of 'Cougar Town' because the supporting characters have been fleshed out and have become a more central part of the show. This week was no different, as we not only met Laurie's mother but we also learned new tidbits about all characters, including Jules' real estate nemesis, Barb.

Another upside of this week's installment was the appearance of Beverly D'Angelo as Laurie's mother. Not only was it great casting because D'Angelo does look like she could be Busy Philipps' mother, but also because the 'National Lampoon' actress had the comedic acting skills needed to play Sheila, a superficial and bad mother.

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'Cougar Town' - 'When a Kid Goes Bad' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 11th 2010 11:40AM
Dan Byrd, Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, and Busy Philipps in 'Cougar Town' - 'When a Kid Goes Bad'
(S01E15)
If you want to see evidence of how much a show can change in its first season, look no further than this week's guest star, Barry Bostwick.

He's been among the Bill Lawrence Players for almost fifteen years now, since he was cast as Mayor Randall Winston on 'Spin City.' As Lawrence has said, that show so completely changed focus during its first season, from a romantic comedy to a workplace/government comedy, that the part of one of its stars, Carla Gugino, was cut halfway through that year.

Last night's episode really brought home the fact that in quick order 'Cougar Town' has become much more than what the show was supposed to be about when it debuted. The world surrounding Jules Cobb has now expanded to the point where we see where Andy works, we know Laurie's last name (Keller? Hope she's not related... ) and see enough mixing of characters to make us want to see more.

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Sheryl Crow Sings Her Way to 'Cougar Town'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 6th 2010 6:02PM
Sheryl CrowGrammy-winner singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has been tapped to appear in three episodes of the hit comedy series 'Courgar Town.'

Crow's past TV and movie appearances were mostly as herself and involved singing. However, she does have some acting experience from having played roles other than herself in movies such as '54' and 'The Minus Man' as well as in TV series such as 'Cop Rock.'

Sheryl Crow will have to tap in her acting skills for her 'Cougar' gig as the singer will not be playing herself.

Small spoilers about her role coming up!

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Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'All the Wrong Reasons'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 4th 2010 11:21AM
Courteney Cox and Christa Miller in 'Cougar Town' - 'All the Wrong Reasons'(S01E14) Ever watch an episode and think the writers wrote it just to address the gripes of its fans? That's the way I felt while watching this one. It was an episode that had more chuckles than laughs, but it addressed the stories of two characters who have probably gotten the shortest end of the character development stick so far: Ellie and Laurie. So, for that, the episode stood out.

Let's start with Laurie. For most of this first season, we've seen her as nothing more than a West-Central Florida wannabe version of Lindsay Lohan. So it was refreshing to see that she's actually grown a conscience, and is willing to admit to it. It's a good thing, because a caricature-heavy Laurie would be tough to take in the show's already-secured second season.

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Review: Cougar Town - Stop Dragging My Heart Around

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 21st 2010 11:52AM
Courteney Cox and Brian Van Holt in Cougar Town: Stop Dragging My Heart Around(S01E13) Wow. Didn't think I'd miss so much in one week. But the episode I had to pass on to Isabelle because of the TCAs was full of character movement; Jules breaks up with Jeff because she doesn't want to be tied down, Laurie and Grayson hook up because of their various relationship issues, and Andy gets a lot of agita from keeping all the group's secrets.

So to see it all play out this week made me a little bit uneasy, but that's a good thing. This show needed some raised stakes among its ensemble, even if we're starting to set up one of those eye-rolling situations where people start to sleep with each other and always end up finding out. Hopefully, this is something that will be examined in dribs and drabs and doesn't dominate the storytelling in the future.

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