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'Cougar Town' Moment: Lou Diamond Phillips Is the Face of Penny Can

by Joel Keller, posted May 19th 2011 10:00AM
Something that you realize quickly when you watch a Bill Lawrence production is that he tends to use the same actors over and over again. It's why, for instance, Barry Bostwick has had roles in all three of his shows (though his role on 'Scrubs' was a one-time-only guest role). But, when he sees someone he likes, he tends to use them over and over.

'Cougar Town' - 'Free Fallin''
Let's officially add Lou Diamond Phillips to the Bill Lawrence Family Players. He's now been on 'Cougar Town' twice, playing himself, and has done a great job each time. Though I still can't see him as a spokesman for a game where you throw a penny in a can.

The show has been doing a really good job at developing storylines of late. There's still room for silly stories, of course, as we saw with Ellie and Grayson's dealings with the creepy "Chalk Children." Even there, though, the story had a point: Their neighbor, Tom, isn't as creepy as they think. Well, maybe he is, but he's also just shy.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Cougar Town,' 'Glee,' & More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 17th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Burn Notice,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Dexter,' 'Glee,' 'HawthoRNe,' and 'White Collar.'

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'Cougar Town' Stars Pop Up on 'Community' -- Will the Character Crossovers Go Both Ways?

by Alex Moaba, posted May 7th 2011 1:18PM
NBC has released a picture from next week's 'Community' season finale (paintball part deux, part deux) that appears to confirm rumblings we've been hearing that a multi-network 'Community'-'Cougar Town' crossover episode is in the works. This development marks an awesome next step in the referential love-fest that's been going on between the two shows for well over a year.

What's the evidence? Check out 'Cougar Town' actors Dan Byrd and Busy Philipps standing behind 'Community' actors Donald Glover, Danny Pudi and Alison Brie in the background of this photo.


Pretty cool, right? The two shows have been engaged in a friendly ping-pong game of mutual admiration lately, and now it's really starting to get fun.

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'Cougar Town' Moment - Jules Loses Her Wine to a 'Shark'

by Joel Keller, posted May 5th 2011 11:30AM
'Cougar Town'There's a reason why, instead of doing full-fledged reviews of 'Cougar Town,' I just concentrate on moments: it's because, in a lot of ways, each episode is organized as a series of moments, rather than one with an A-story and a B-story.

Sure, there has been the recent through-line of Travis and his quest to get his girlfriend Kirsten to stay by asking her to marry him. But the rest of each episode is generally distinguished by its easygoing hilarity.

I'm talking about scenes like Bobby and Andy sumo wrestling in Jules' house, or Grayson's schoolgirl-like crush over Lou Diamond Phillips, or Laurie getting a tiny wine glass named "Little Richard" as punishment for creating "The Council," which served as a kangaroo court for the Cul de Sac Crew. So the review becomes more about which scenes were funny than about how the series is progressing.

And the scene I picked to talk about this week is no exception. It was funny, sure, but also silly and basically was there to show how different tidbits of story can come together for one heck of a punchline in a scene.

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'Cougar Town' Moment -- Bobby Hits the Wrong Ball

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 28th 2011 11:00AM
Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb in 'Cougar Town'There's always crazy stuff going on in 'Cougar Town.' Busy Philipps' character, Laurie Keller, now has a Twitter feed, @thelarmy, where you see her supposedly tweeting while things are going on in the episode. Then there's Jules and her penchant for bodily-shutting-down when embarrassed; wouldn't you shut down, though, if a bunch of 6-year-olds tell you that the name "Richard Stands" isn't in the pledge of allegiance?

In a lot of ways, though, there's nothing crazier than the life of Bobby Cobb. He lives on a boat in the middle of a parking lot. He creates games like Penny Can. He's still good friends with his ex-wife. So, when Bobby finally got his act together long enough to qualify for a professional golf tournament, you knew that he wouldn't be challenging Tiger Woods at the top of the leader board.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'Psych,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 22nd 2011 3:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Damages,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Oder: Criminal Intent,' 'Law & Oder: SVU,' 'Modern Family,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Psych,' and 'White Collar.'

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TV Easter Eggs: Our Favorite Fan Shout-Outs From Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:00AM
TV Easter eggs are so much better than real ones -- no mess, no smell, no creepy rabbit delivering them. Which is why we're celebrating this holiday with our favorite hidden gems from TV shows past and present.



(And some Peeps. C'mon, we're only human.)

We each chose a nod to the fans that we loved, from the numbers on 'Lost' and the secret things hidden in the 'Battlestar Galactica' fleet to the end of "555" phone numbers and more.

Did we forget your favorite superfan surprise? Share your own eagle-eyed discoveries in the comments ... and try not to overdose on Cadbury Eggs while doing it.

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'Cougar Town' Moment: Things Get Hairy When Jules Babysits Stan (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 21st 2011 10:30AM
'Cougar Town' - 'Baby's A Rock N Roller'The direction this episode of 'Cougar Town' went in was interesting. First, there was the plot where Andy plays Laurie's wingman as she tries to get back into "bed 'em and ditch 'em" mode. Then you had Bobby trying all he could to get up super-early and catch a free tee time.

But the most intriguing plot was where Ellie challenged Jules to babysit Stan for a night. Jules thinks that bringing up a kid shouldn't be any more difficult in your 40s than it was in your 20s, when she did it. Ellie knows differently, and the night Jules and Grayson spent with Stan bore that out.

Stan's a good kid, but he's got his own foibles, like a long list of things he's allergic to, and the ability to work locks after getting into things he shouldn't. So, Jules hides all the dangerous things in the house -- knives, a brulee torch, the merlot -- in her lockable pantry / safe room, not thinking that Stan would ever make his way in there. She was wrong.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Treme,' 'Archer,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 20th 2011 1:00PM
Ryan McGee and I planned to do a 45-minute podcast last night. Whoops!

We ended up with an 80-minute Talking TV podcast, and part of the reason the discussion lasted so long is because many of the same themes came up throughout the podcast. Plus there were just a lot of news items and new programs to get through.

This week on the podcast, we talked about 'Doctor Who,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Archer' (which has its season finale Thursday), the 'Game of Thrones' renewal and the various critical and fan responses to that drama, and also 'Treme,' which returns on HBO Sunday. Running times are below.

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'Cougar Town' Moment: A Radio Ad for Penny Can (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 19th 2011 10:45AM
'Cougar Town''Cougar Town' is back, and as Mo Ryan said in her review, it's picking up where it left off when it in February, with the exploits of the Cul de Sac Crew being just as funny as ever. Yes, there was some seriousness in the mix -- mainly with the story of Jules trying not to meddle with her son Travis's desire to ask his girlfriend to marry him -- but general goofiness is usually what people remember the most from any particular episode.

Take Penny Can ... or, rather: Penny Can! Who says that Bobby Cobb isn't an innovator? Toss a penny into a paint can from a distance and make up your own rules as you go along. The "in and out" rule we found out about this week was one of their better ones, mainly because we got to see Courteney Cox with a Magic Marker mustache.

Anyway, it's a fun game. And, believe it or not, it's marketable. Yes, it's an old paint can with a label on it, and you have to supply your own pennies (no nickels allowed), but I'd buy one after hearing the radio ad he and Laurie created for it.

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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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'Cougar Town' Returns With Its Goofy Charm (and Secret Serious Side) Intact

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 18th 2011 3:15PM
'Cougar Town,' (9:30PM ET Monday, ABC) has a silly name, and its characters often do goofy, immature things (and just to be clear, the latter tendency is part of the show's quite considerable charm).

Still, the comedy, which slides back into its usual 9:30PM ET slot on Wednesday, is deceptive. The two episodes that air this week are solidly funny in typically 'Cougar'-ian ways: There are lots of games of Penny Can, gallons of wine are drunk and the sharp ensemble cast slings mildly barbed banter with ease (there's even an amusing appearance from Ellie and Andy's often-absent baby).

But this week's episodes, like the show as a whole, explore real questions that everyone has to grapple with at some point. When is it a good idea to accept who and what you are? How much should you try to change deeply ingrained habits and attitudes? When is a flaw not really a flaw at all?

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Bill Lawrence: Ted From 'Scrubs' Will Appear in 'Cougar Town' Finale & Other Surprises

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 16th 2011 9:00AM
Penny Can! on 'Cougar Town'
It's always fun to talk to Bill Lawrence because you never know where the conversation is going to go. When I spoke to him earlier this week, the conversation ranged from ratings to his wife Christa Miller appearing on the Howard Stern show to 'Hanna Montana.'

But the best parts are the tidbits about his show, 'Cougar Town.' For instance, Lawrence told me that Sam Lloyd will appear in the show's Hawaii-based second-season finale, as his 'Scrubs' character, hapless lawyer Ted Buckland, a move that had been rumored a few months ago. He'll be there to help Travis through some tough times.

"We were outlining the show to have a friend [of Travis'] that's had his heart broken there in Hawaii, and we're like, who should we cast? And I'm like, I'll tell you, we should get Sam Lloyd out there and put him with his guitar," said Lawrence. "It's one of my favorite bits of the year. Because it's a gag that Sam Lloyd can do, which is, he can take any popular song with a guitar, and make it depressing."

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Courteney Cox Weighs In on the 'Cougar Town' Finale and Why You Should Buy a Penny Can

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 13th 2011 12:00PM

Courteney CoxI've spent many a Wednesday night fantasizing about becoming an honorary member of a certain dysfunctional, boozy and all-around awesome cul-de-sac crew.

So when I sat down with Courteney Cox at the 'Scream 4' junket on behalf of our sister site, Moviefone (check out that chat here), I couldn't resist slipping in a few 'Cougar Town' questions to quench fans' thirst before the show returns from its distressingly long hiatus next week.

Join us after the jump to see what Cox had to say about Bobby and Laurie's latest business venture, and what fans can expect from the hour-long season finale on May 25.

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Swords, Doctors and Sam Axe: 19 Spring Shows You Need to Know About

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 15th 2011 12:20PM
Fall is always crazy in the TV realm, but the middle of the current season has been just as bananas.

As soon as 2011 rolled around, the networks unleashed a bumper crop of new and returning shows, and only in the past couple of weeks did the relentless pace of premieres and returns simmer down to a manageable level.

We can't get complacent, however, because in the next few weeks, cable and broadcast networks will release yet another barrage of notable new shows, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Killing' to 'The Borgias.'

To make sure you don't miss anything, here's a handy list of 19 notable March and April programs. I've put a * next to new programs I've seen at least one episode of. Look for full reviews of most of these programs on TV Squad in coming weeks.

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