'Cougar Town' scoop: Details on Big Joe (RIP) and Big Carl

Last week, ABC’s Cougar Town said goodbye to a fan favorite, Jules’ ginormous red-wine glass Big Joe (pictured, top). Luckily, following Ellie’s moving eulogy, Jules introduced the cul-de-sac crew to her new companion, Big Carl (pictured, bottom), who we will get to know better in this Wednesday’s Thanksgiving episode. EW asked Cougar Town prop master John Ornelas for a closer look at each of the gentlemen, both of whom he says can hold approximately 44 oz., or 5½ cups. Your standard wine bottle holds just over 25 oz., so Jules could, technically, pour herself more than a bottle and a half of wine at a time. (She remains our hero.)

Big Joe: “The original Big Joe is a special-edition Oleg Cassini sommelier glass that I happened upon by accident while searching sommelier glasses. This special edition is bigger than a normal sommelier glass and was behind the counter at a wine shop. It was the personal property of the guy who worked at the store. I convinced him to sell it to me, which was no easy task. I took that back to the stage and offered it up, along with about a dozen other options. I didn’t want to present that one because there was only one and if anything happened to it we’d have a problem, but I knew it was perfect. [Co-creator] Bill Lawrence also thought it was perfect and picked it. I went back to the wine store and begged the clerk to help me find another one. He was able to locate two more that a friend of his had, and I negotiated for those two. All good…until a couple of weeks later I was informed we’d be breaking it in an upcoming episode and that we’d need a replacement…. Start the search again.”

Big Carl: “I found several options that included vases, urns, and anything that might look right. I even considered having a glass made. I finally found Big Carl at a crafts store downtown. I think it was meant to hold a candle. I went back to the stage and offered it up along with about 15 other options. [Co-creator] Kevin Biegel picked the one that became Big Carl. Both glasses hold about the same amount but Carl is bulkier and taller, so it looks like it holds more.”

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  • Josie

    I love this article. I don’t know why, but I do.

    • googie

      i was thinking exactly the same thing!

  • Sara

    Cougar Town is the funniest show on tv! I laughed so hard at the memorial they had for Big Joe!!!

    • Jay

      Cougar Town is good, and has been getting even better as it goes…. but it is definately NOT the funniest show on TV.
      Modern Family, Community & The Big Bang Theory are all funnier

      • A

        What do you care if Sara thinks it’s the funniest show? That’s her opinion, let her have it. Comedy is subjective. I, for instance, think The Big Bang Theory is awful, but if you enjoy it, then good for you.

      • Mc Prophet

        I can’t watch The Big Bang Theory. Something about Jim Parsons comes across to me as creepy pedophile/serial killer. It’s unnerving, not funny.

      • Glory

        I concur with A and Mc Prophet. I’ve tried TBBT about 5 or 6 times thinking I must have missed something, with all the hubbub it gets. Nope…still don’t find it amusing. (and really not so much Community, although I CAN watch it.) But hey, if it makes you laugh, more power to you. Laughing’s awesome.

  • Mr. Holloway


    Now get the prop master to tell us where he found the show’s imaginary opera gloves and convince one of the producer’s to release “It’s Part of Being a Couple” (Techno Remix) on iTunes, and we’re good to go.

    • Liz

      Part. Of. Be-ing a cup-le, Be-ing a cup le. Be be be being a couple. Lol!

      • lisa

        I’m still waiting for “Confident in my sexualitaaayyyy”

    • tracy bluth


  • Kelly

    Just like Mariska Hargitaaaaay

  • Big D

    Josie took the words right out of my mouth.

  • kln

    Cougar Town is AWESOME!! The best new tv comedy and Courteney Cox is so beautiful..(RIP BIG JOE)

  • sweet

    I wish EW would do more of these types of articles. I love the details.

  • Alex

    Big Joe died?????? Why did I miss last week’s!

    • Saleem

      Tu verras bien qu’un beau matin faitguc3a9J’irai m’asseoir sur le trottoir d’c3a0 cc3b4tc3a9. Surtout pas de spleen. Ce mot est trop vieux, trop employc3a9. Le XIXe sic3a8cle s’en est gorgc3a9 pour mener oc3b9 ? Lc3a0 oc3b9 on est. Mc3aame pas sur le trottoir, mc3aame pas assis, mc3aame plus debout ! Presque allongc3a9 avant que tous les crc3a9tins qui professent de penser se rejoignent inc3a9luctablement dans le grand nc3a9ant dont l’humanitc3a9 nous donne quotidiennement un aperc3a7u ! Les deux mamelles sont belles, Yves, elles sont comme la beautc3a9 qui se dc3a9couvre et une fois dc3a9couverte reste c3a0 jamais belle ! Le temps vous rendra justice sapristi !

  • Alex

    And yes, please put the songs on Itunes. I love them all so much!

  • tracy bluth

    Agree with everything Mr. Holloway said. Who else wants a “policewoman” sign? Or at least a personalized gift from Ellie (aka The Gift Whisperer)?

  • dropper

    It’ll take me awhile to warm up to the new cast edition. Carl has a big foot to fill.

  • pam beesly

    I tried watching this show. Twice. I couldn’t bear it. It is SO BAD.

  • paige

    Biiiiiiig JOOOOOOOOOOE!

  • ImStillToni

    I want to go to there! Seriously, don’t we ALL need Big Joe/Carl in our lives?!?!?! That’s it (and so the hunt begins..)

  • Michelle

    I love Sarah Palin and she should be on this show as a hotter cougar and TheMillionaireMatchmakers was faboulous

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