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That Final Pour. Saying Goodbye to Cougar Town.

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I’m sad.  Sad enough that i’m contemplating arranging a buffet of sad binge food (cheese, bacon, cheesecake, cheese etc) and buckets of wine to gorge myself on on Tuesday night during the final ever episode of Cougar Town.

Cougar Town quickly became my go-to show for watching whenever the time called for it.  It was my FRIENDS replacement show, a show that I could watch over and over and over and over again.  Having trouble getting to sleep? I’d grab some midnight snacks and break out season two and watch away.  Have a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do?  Season 4 works great there!

I’ve followed and loved Jules Kiki Cobb and her group of drinking buddies right from the go with Cougar Towns’ overtly sexual beginnings on ABC to it’s new home on TBS, the disappearance of side characters (Barb…where’d ya go?), mugs of M&M tea and multiple deaths of wine vases to the introduction of Grayson’s mysterious surprise child (Tampa is like the best name ever), the tipping of imaginary top hats and the welcoming of Tom (Bob Clendenin) to the group and even the departure of Bobby Cobb…..I’ve been there.

I’ve watched Jules (Courteney Cox) grow from a clumsy and sexually clueless divorcee willing to do anything to please those around her to a clumsy, happily married woman to neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins) willing to do anything to please those around her.  The blossoming romance between her son Travis (Dan Byrd) and close friend Laurie (Busy Philipps) seemed cute at first – then a bit gross when it happened – then sweet when we became used to it.  Ellie (Christa Miller) and Andy (Ian Gomez) and their son Stan (that didn’t seem to age for four seasons), showed that copious amounts of wine, snarkism, sex cards and a short stint of being town mayor, all contribute to what constitutes a happy marriage.  Then there’s Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt) who showed that no matter how much life gets you down, what you do with your surroundings and those around you can be worth more than what any amount of money could provide.

I’ve been there when new relationships bloom then suddenly explode from truth bombs – wine seller slash awesome singer songwriter Sara (Sheryl Crow), last-name-first-name and first-name-last-name Smith Frank (Ryan Devlin), tiny pants unicorn Jeff (Scott Foley), tomboy Riggs (Maria Thayer) and I don’t know why we’re singing Kirsten (Collette Wolfe).  Guest stars that popped in along the way – Dodgy therapist Glenn Carolyn Hennesy (Jennifer Aniston), bitchy skin care queen Dr. Amy Evans (Lisa Kudrow), needy therapist Lynn Mettler (Nicole Sullivan), snarky wine seller Wayne Gibbons (Michael McDonald) and smooth romancer Sam (Matthew Perry) were all welcomed visitors to our home in Gulf Haven.

As I sit here typing away and remembering all the large and small things from Cougar Town, I can honestly say that there has never been an episode I have never liked or not laughed with and through all the dime eyes quips, games of Penny Can! and bug hooker books, I will miss Cougar Town.  So it’s here I say thank-you to Bill Lawrence, Kevin Biegel, Courteney Cox, Busy Philipps, Christa Miller, Brian Van Holt, Josh Hopkins, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Bob Clendenin and the rest of the Cougar Town cast and crew.  To TBS, thank-you for seeing the potential in the show and picking up our winos and continuing on their story.

In the end, if there’s only one thing I can walk away with from 6 seasons and 100+ episodes, it’s not that friends and family are the most important thing in life but that no matter the occasion or time of day, a glass of wine is more than fine.

Change approved!

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More Wine Time for Cougar Town Fans

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It’s somewhat bitter-sweet news for Cougar Town fans with the announcement that TBS have renewed the Courteney Cox led comedy for a sixth bottle of wine –

But this sixth drink will be the shows last.

Complete sad face at an empty bottle right?

 

Like last season, Cougar Town’s sixth season will run for 13 episodes, which will put the show into the magical syndication number of 100 episodes!

Season six is expected to focus on Laurie (Busy Phillipps) and Travis (Dan Byrd) as they head into first time parenthood.

Cougar Town, Season 6 will air on TBS in January 2015

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Cougar Town Pregnancies, Wine and Season 6?

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TBS comedy Cougar Town closed out it’s fifth season with it’s usual flair of positive messages, friendships, wine and screwball comedy with an added twist of a surprise pregnancy!

During the season 5 finale, the main story line saw Jules (Courteney Cox) use Laurie’s (Busy Phillipps) urine to pass a physical examination (Ellie slipped Jules some happy pills) at her doctors only to be told she is in fact pregnant – well not Jules, but her best friend Laurie, who is also dating Jules’ son Travis (Dan Byrd).

Now granted, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Laurie and Travis hooking up…I thought I wanted it, but when I got it…I realized I didn’t want it, but as this season has progressed, the Laurie/Travis relationship has grown on me, and the pregnancy should add a new element to what has already become a tight and well rounded comedy.

But the news of a sixth season is still yet to come.  There’s been no hint from TBS either way of a cancellation or a renewal and the only indication of a move comes down to ratings.  When Cougar Town moved to TBS for it’s fourth season, it became the network’s top original primetime series ever (2.8 million viewers) with both total viewers and the 18-49 age bracket however as the show moved into it’s fifth season, ratings began to dip into the 1.5 million mark.

Personally, i’d love to see a sixth (and probably final) season to allow a proper send off for our cul-de-sac crew!

Cougar Town Season 5 Premiere Date Set!

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Oh yeah!  It’s time to break out the oversized drinking vases and fill em’ high with your best red as TBS have announced that Cougar Town (why that name?!) will be back with an all-new season 5 on January 7th!

I can’t say when Channel 7 plan to air the show…we were lucky enough to get most of season 4 at like, 11pm on Thursday nights…that said, I suppose we should be oh-so-grateful it aired at all here.

Anyways, don’t listen to what the cul-de-sac crew ask you to do in the exclusive clip from EW.com.  I say don’t wait until Jan 7th, instead, drink everyday up-to and including Jan 7th to celebrate!

 

 

Wishlist: 6 TV Character Crossovers

Fictional crossovers between characters on television shows have been going on for a long time – often used as a way to offer cross promotion between shows.  Mad About You and Friends had a great crossover (Including a long running one involving side character ditzy waitress Ursula Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow), Cougar Town characters Jules Cobb and Ellie Torres (Courteney Cox and Christa Miller) appeared in Private Practice, Ally McBeal and The Practice (Two of David E Kelley’s biggest hits) often crossed paths too.

What about the crossovers that would never happen, but could be pretty awesome?  Characters that are no longer around, brought back to life, currently underused characters getting more screen time in another show…check out my ‘crossover wish list!’

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Roseanne’s Jackie Harris meets Modern Family

Easily said, Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) was one of the best bits about Roseanne.  She was somewhat crazy, highly lovable and suffered through some rather tough situations and when we last saw Jackie, it was revealed she was in fact a lesbian.  I could easily see her Jackie popping up in Modern Family,  fitting in for a guest spot quite perfectly with her hilarious antics with Cam and Mitchell – as long as she is wearing that bitchin’ knitted sweater!

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The X-Files Mulder and Scully meets True Blood

What could be better than bringing in two paranormal investigators to the town of Bon Temps where vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, faeries and witches all run rampant?  While the True Blood gang live in a world where Vampers are an everyday and (somewhat) accepted minority group, faeries and shifters and werewolves remain relatively unknown to humans, which could be the perfect reason to bring our FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in to investigate!

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Weeds Nancy Botwin meets The Walking Dead

Who’s to say, that after Weeds left our screens, the world Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) knew and lived in went the same as that of The Walking Dead?  Nancy would be the perfect replacement for the recently deceased Lori (she’s certainly less annoying) and we know she’d happily take her withdrawals from iced caffeine drinks out on the walkers.  Add in a romance with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and we have ourselves a crossover!

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Dawsons Creek Jack McPhee meets Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars features secrets, murders, blackmail, lesbians, teenage sex…it’s the modern day Dawsons Creek which would be a perfect launchpad to bring former creeker Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) back to our screens.  No stranger to secrets, McPhee spent his first few seasons hiding his homosexuality from his friends.  Granted Jack would now be somewhat older than the main cast, so i’m thinking in a teaching role, perhaps, with more secrets of his own, with extended screen time with Caleb or Ezra or Toby.

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Nurse Jackie’s Dr. Elanor O’Hara meets Greys Anatomy

There’s no denying that since O’Hara (Eve Best) packed up her wardrobe and stethoscope (and new baby) and headed back to London, Nurse Jackie hasn’t been the same.  The same could be said about Greys Anatomy withAddison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) leaving (for the dreadfully boring Private Practice).  The team at Grey-Sloan Memorial are in desperate need of that kick-ass surgeon who looks fabulous in expensive clothing all while thinking about which 5 star restaurant she’ll be dining at for lunch.  The only issue here – we doubt O’Hara would be seen dead in Seattle.

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Melrose Place’s Sydney Andrews meets Revenge

In total, Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) has been killed off twice during Melrose Place’s run.  What’s to say, she can’t be brought back to life for a third chance at life?  She’s highly skilled in bed-hopping, blackmail and bitching, all skills needed to fit in perfectly with Emily Thorne and the Graysons up in the Hamptons.  Let’s just hope this time she wouldn’t end up over the roof of a car or face down in a swimming pool.

Cougar Town Back on 7 for Fourth Season

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Cast of Cougar Town

It’s the show that Channel 7 boss David Leckie once famously claimed was a ‘shit show‘ and was shamefully given a post 10pm time-slot two weeks after it’s prime time premiere, but comedy Cougar Town is back on 7 with a brand new season.

Cougar Town has evolved effectively over the previous three seasons distancing itself from the original premise of a 40+ yr old woman on the hunt for a younger man after the break up of her marriage, into a funny, witty and grossly entertaining comedy focusing more on relationships between friends and family…..oh and wine.

The shows title has become such a stigma that between seasons two and three, show creator Bill Lawrence (the genius behind Scrubs and Spin City) hit twitter to ask permission of co-creator Kevin Biegel to change the name. Now in it’s fourth season here (Season 5 starts next year in the states), the title remains the same but now comes with the added fun of piss-taking itself in the opening credits with a different statement created on a weekly basis.

So what can we expect from season four? The show was picked up by TBS in the states after ABC decided not to renew the show after its third season and creator Lawrence took a step back from the show but this has done nothing to ruin the flow of each episode.

We’ll see more stories involving the newlywed Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) and should-they-shouldn’t-they relationship between Jules Cobb’s son Travis (Dan Byrd) and best friend Laurie Keller (Busy Phillipps). There will be a death of a loved one, a gold digger and Jules’ father pops back in for a visit. This season also features an incredibly funny flashback episode that treats us to the backstory of Jules and Bobby moving into the cul-de-sac.

Yes it’s called Cougar Town and yes, it’s a funny as shit show.

Cougar Town airs Thursdays at 11pm on 7