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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.

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One Last Glass. Cougar Town’s Final Drink

It's a baby for Travis and Laurie in the final season on Cougar Town. Source: Provided
It’s a baby for Travis and Laurie in the final season on Cougar Town. Source: Provided

I’m having very bitter-sweet feels with the upcoming premiere of TBS’s Cougar Town season 6 (premiering Tuesday Jan 6th).  I’m extremely excited the show is back again yet incredibly sad to know it’s the final season.

Having followed Jules (Courteney Cox) and her gang of wine guzzling pals through each and every episode of all past five seasons, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the experience of watching a show grow into a very tight-knit, well written, well acted very funny comedy.

Sure, the title – Cougar Town – set a very steadfast path for the show and ultimately may have put viewers off (considering the term at the time was often coined in a highly negative tone) but those that stuck around got to witness this show about a 40-something divorced mother bursting back into the dating world with the help of her best friends mature into a show about a 40-something divorced mother navigate life and love with a teenage son with the help of her best friends and neighbors.

We’ve seen faces come and go – over sexual Barb Coman (Carolyn Hennesy) who I miss incredibly, Greyson’s (Josh Hopkins) first love interest Sarah (Sheryl Crow) who should have stuck around longer, Trav’s (Dan Byrd) teacher turned love interest for Bobby, Angie (Sarah Chalke) was a favorite too and last name first name Smith Frank (Ryan Devlin) I felt, was perfect for Laurie, and among those that have moved on, we have also found some that have stuck around. Nosy neighbor and he of the cul-de-sac playset Tom (Bob Clendenin) plus newly-weds Bonnie (Emily Wilson) and Jerry (Brad Morris) have been welcome additions along the way.

And now, season 6 is almost upon us.  There’s a time jump between the finale of season 5 and the start of 6 with Laurie’s (Busy Philipps) surprise pregnancy with Trav turning into a baby in the premiere episode.  There’s discussions between the new parents about baby names (Bug hookers anyone?) and Jules deals with becoming a first-time grandmother. And in sad news, Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt) takes a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity that see’s him leave Gulfhaven very early into this last season plus something I had been recommending from the go – Ellie (Christa Miller) returns to work!  Can’t wait to see girl lawyer in action!

It’ll be easier coming into this final season knowing we’ll be given a proper send-off to our cul-de-sac gang and even though I don’t actually drink wine, i’ll still bring out my over-sized vase/wine glass and toast a cheers to the cast and crew on that final episode.

Cougar Town returns for it’s sixth and final season, Tuesday Jan 6th, 10:30pm on TBS.

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!

TBS Comedy Ground Floor Renewed for Season 2

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John C. McGinley and Skylar Astin in TBS comedy Ground Floor

Great news!  TBS have renewed comedy Ground Floor for a second season!

I throoughly enjoyed the first season, Briga Heelan as Jenny and Skylar Astin as Brody are not only believable, but also lovable and with John C. McGinley thrown in, Ground Floor made for a really pleasant and funny comedy.

I must say, my personal favourite from the first season was Rory Scovel as Harvard.  Completely creepy, awkward and unlucky in love, Scovel stole pretty much most scene he was in, and I do hope his infatuation with Jenny is evolved even more in season two (if it’s possible!)

Created by Emmy® nominees Bill Lawrence (Cougar TownScrubs)  and Greg Malins (2 Broke GirlsHow I Met Your Mother), and starring Skylar Astin, Briga Heelan and John C. McGinley, Ground Floor enjoyed a rather moderately successful first season ranking among basic cable’s Top 10 original sitcoms of 2013 with adults 18-49 with ratings hovering around the 1.8 million viewers mark.

From the TBS press release “Set in the modern world of corporate America, Ground Floor centers on Brody (Astin), a young, hot-shot investment banker who thought he was just having a one-night stand with Jennifer (Heelan), a beautiful woman he met at an office party. He discovers, however, that she works in the maintenance department for the building where his investment bank– Remington Trust – is located. Suddenly their worlds begin to collide in the most unexpected ways. Facing Brody’s critical boss, Mr. Mansfield (McGinley), as well as annoyed colleagues, the pair must find a way to deal with their growing feelings for each other in this modern take on Romeo & Juliet”

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!

 

 

Familiar Faces Pop Up in new Comedy Ground Floor

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Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in Ground Floor

I looooove Briga Heelan.  Her guest starring role in Cougar Town as party girl Holly (and mother to Grayson’s awesomely named baby Tampa) still remains a favorite and I always hope she continues to pop up in future episodes.  That said, it seems Briga will be setting up in a permanent role in a new comedy from Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence.

From TVequals.com “TBS is staying in the Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town) business with their new sitcom Ground Floor, an upstairs/downstairs comedy with a twist–it is set in an office building where the upstairs and downstairs workers are separated by 34 floors. This won’t stop Skylar Astin’s ladder-climbing business guy from falling for Briga Heelan’s maintenance woman, hence the trailer’s use of Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator.”

While the trailer is little more than a music video featuring the cast, Ground Floor already looks promising: not only does it have Lawrence’s name attached, it will also star Scrubs‘ standout Ted C. McGinley. Check out the trailer below. Are you excited for TBS’s latest comedy?”

Ground Floor is set to premiere November 14th at 10/9c on TBS in America.

Wine Time for Cougar Town Fans

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TBS announced today that comedy ‘Cougar Town’ will be happily coming back for a fifth season!     That’s right, time to break out your own ‘Big Carl’ and fill him up to the brim with your finest red!

After being dropped from ABC after it’s third season, the unfortunately titled Cougar Town has been nabbing about 2.8 million viewers on a weekly basis with a large portion of those viewers in the highly sought after 18-49 demographic and sits as one of TBS’s highest watched programs.

“‘Cougar Town’ has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” said Michael Wright, TBS’ president and head of programming.

The new season of Cougar Town will air it’s 13 ordered episodes in 2014 while the current fourth season is due to have it’s finale on April 9th at 10pm on TBS.