Kudrow pulled in her old friend Courteney Cox for a guest spot on 'Web Therapy' and now she's returning the favor by appearing on 'Cougar Town' this week. Kudrow plays Dr. Amy Evans, a dermatologist who gives Jules Cobb a hard time about her decision to try and look younger.
Inside TV talked to Kudrow about 'Web Therapy,' producing shows and working with her 'Friend' again.
Instead, I'm going to focus on the things that really stood out this year. Sorry, Mad Men fans, but even though this was a great third season and an amazing finale, I expect it at this point. It's the only way I could come up with to keep my list manageable.
Also, as a point of protest I did not include Jon, Kate or the balloon boy hoax. These events got more attention than they deserved already this year, and I feel bad I even mentioned them.
Kudrow won't appear as a fellow-fortysomething mommy with twentysomething needs; rather, she'll play Dr. Evans, the busiest -- and scariest -- dermatologist in town. Botox is her game and her bedside manner is non-existent. As seen in this preview clip, Ellie (Christa Miller) and Jules (Cox) have to pep talk their way out of the waiting room and into Dr. Evans' lair (her manner is that much more unpleasant than a needle to a worry line, apparently).
Best Drama: Mad Men, Dexter, House, Big Love, True Blood
Best Comedy/Musical: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Entourage, Glee, The Office
Best Actor, Drama: Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Bill Paxton (Big Love), Hugh Laurie (House)
Best Actress, Drama: Glenn Close (Damages), January Jones (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elsewhere, Ellie decides that it's time to start trusting her husband and leaves the baby with Andy, but catches him and the baby in a makeshift prison crib. Scott Foley guest stars as the 'Mystery Man.'
Watch this full episode of 'Cougar Town' after the jump!
For the record, in the 18-49 rating, Big Bang had a 5.7; Men had a 5.1. In total viewers, the Chuck Lorre comedy hour of Men and Bang drew approximately 15 million watchers. Now, if you're curious about the upcoming episode, read on. However, if you don't want to be spoiled or listen to some speculation, stop here.
Christa Miller's 'Cougar Town' character Ellie is happily married (mostly) and provides a sharp but supportive contrast to single lady Jules (Courteney Cox.) Off-screen, Miller's happily wed (very) to the hit new sitcom's executive producer Bill Lawrence.
But that isn't stopping her -- or rather Ellie -- from fantasizing about 'Cougar Town' guest star Scott Foley on tonight's episode.
What's it like being married to the boss? And how does Miller juggle 'Cougar Town,' family and her role as Dr. Cox's ex-wife Jordan on Lawrence's other sitcom 'Scrubs'? Answer: she doesn't. Read on to see which one had to go for Miller to stay sane. (Hint: It wasn't her family.)
Of course, as a twist, they will not be friends in Kudrow's visit, but rather enemies. Kudrow plays a dermatologist that Cox's character goes to see. Will this be any different than Jennifer Aniston's appearance on Dirt playing a rival of Courteney Cox on that show?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Devlin will be joining the cast of 'Cougar Town' as a recurring character. Devlin, who most recently co-starred in the indie feature 'Weather Girl', is probably best known for his reality show hosting duties on such series as 'ET on MTV' and 'Rock the Cradle,' and for his role as the decidedly unsavory serial rapist Mercer Hayes on 'Veronica Mars'.
This time around it appears that he'll be playing a more wholesome figure. But though his new character Smith would seemingly be the perfect young suitor for title cougar Jules (Courteney Cox), it looks as though she won't be the target of his affections; rather, it will be assistant Laurie (Busy Philipps) who is in line for love.
But TV has always been a part of that equation, and it had no less of a role for me this year. So, in the TV world, here is what will make me thankful as I dive into the turkey tomorrow:
ABC's Wednesday comedy line-up: Against all trends, ABC rolled the dice and started a whole new night of comedy on Wednesdays. And while Hank flamed out, The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town look like they have staying power, both from a quality and a ratings standpoint.
According to Entertainment Weekly, production on 'Cougar Town' will resume next week, on November 30. This comes just a few days after ABC announced that they were halting production on the series in order to allow Cox to "deal with a private family matter".
As we reported yesterday, that led to some speculation that Cox is possibly pregnant, as she had previously told the media that she and husband David Arquette were "revving up the engines" in order to beat the deadline imposed by her biological clock. If true, it would be the second child for the Hollywood couple, following the birth of their daughter Coco in 2004.
The good news: 'Cougar Town' already completed three new episodes prior to the shut down. One of the episodes includes Cox's highly-anticipated reunion with her former 'Friends' co-star, Lisa Kudrow. Kudrow will play a dermatologist whose treatments Jules (Cox) quickly becomes addicted to.
No official announcement has been made regarding the issue, although there is one possible explanation for all of this: a baby. During the publicity rounds for 'Cougar Town,' Cox admitted that she and hubby David Arquette were open to the idea of expanding their family. "We're not trying yet," she told OK!, via ABC News. "We're revving up the engines. I'm only ready 'cause time's a-ticking."
As if that isn't enough, Leslie and Dave the Cop don't stand the test of time. "We were so lucky to get Louis C.K.," says Poehler of her character's love interest, "but he's starting his own show."
Luckily, it has just been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that 'Parks' fans will see that role filled by none other than Poehler's real-life love, Will Arnett. Of course, Poehler and Arnett have worked together many times, including on 'Arrested Development' and in films such as 'Blades of Glory' and 'Monsters vs. Aliens.' So it's only natural that Arnett would stop by 'Parks.'
Arnett's arrival on the show will coincide with that of Justin Theroux who will, incidentally, also vie for Leslie's heart.
With thoughts of Arnett and Poehler teaming up again, we brainstormed some other real-life couples whose pairings would translate well to the small screen.
But after enjoying the male side of the show more than the female side for the second week in a row, the reason has become clear: I might be the wrong gender. I'm neither getting nor caring about why Jules has so many issues with dating young'uns or the process she has to go through as a "woman of years" in order to do that.
What's ironic about that is that I had problems with the pilot because it felt like it was too frat-boy sounding. So maybe I don't know what I want out of this show. It's not the first time that's happened.
I have to admit that, when the Yankees are in the playoffs, most of my regular TV watching gets obliterated. Thankfully, DVRs and online TV sites (and, in the mid-'90s, VCRs) help me catch up. For instance, even though I have to review Cougar Town, I'll likely won't watch it until tomorrow morning, on either ABC.com or Hulu. Why? World Series game one, of course. Nothing, not even the Yankees being behind 22-0, is going to tear me away from FOX at 9:30, when I should be watching Cougar Town on ABC.
Which leads me to something that I've been wondering lately: Didn't networks used to program more reruns against the World Series? Tonight, NBC has a lineup of new episodes, as does ABC (except for Charlie Brown in Hank's slot, for understandable reasons). Tomorrow, all three of FOX's competitors have new episodes.
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