Our favorite cul-de-sac crew returned last night to embrace their inner child (well, Jules’ inner child) with a game of Sardines in a Can. After the gang’s movie night got canceled, Travis told his wine-loving companions that a great way for adults to reduce stress levels is to embrace activities they loved as children. (If this is true, I demand a Lite-Brite be stationed at my desk from here on out.) And although I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to see Jules feel smart and depressed about the world instead of dumb and happy like always, their game of hide-and-seek was clearly a better idea than movie night. READ FULL STORY
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If you’re still laughing at Cougar Town‘s episode-ending finger gunfight (and Ellie resurrecting herself from the dead to drink some wine), odds are you will wet yourself when you watch the scenes from Spaced, the British series starring Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, and Nick Frost, to which it’s paying homage. (You can hear Cougar Town‘s Travis say “I love Spaced” as he falls, but it’s co-creators Kevin Biegel and Bill Lawrence you need to thank: In a joint statement to EW, they admit, “We are both self-proclaimed TV nerds and Spaced is such an awesome show that we wanted to give it a ‘shout-out.’ Plus, it was easier than writing our own joke.”) Watch the Cougar Town and Spaced scenes below. Cougar Town isn’t the first show to whip out the finger guns on American TV — The Office and Psych come to mind — but it was a nice surprise. After Jules’ therapist (Jennifer Aniston) cured her of the nervous tick, we feared they were gone for good. Instead, everyone’s packin’, and the fire is no longer friendly. UPDATE: Pegg has tweeted his approval: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That was always our motto.”
ABC’s Cougar Town returns on Sept. 22 with a half hour that features guest star Jennifer Aniston, an opening scene involving the consumption of red wine (naturally), and a playful reference to exec producer Bill Lawrence’s much-publicized and reluctantly-abandoned desire to change the comedy’s title. Whereas the title card usually reads “Welcome to Cougar Town,” for the season 2 opener, it will say “(STILL) Cougar Town,” as pictured. Lawrence tells EW it’s an idea that he, Courteney Cox, and executive producer Kevin Biegel came up with, and that it’s a one-time gag. Hilarious. But may we suggest that each week they reveal a replacement title that was shot down? So episode 2′s card for instance, using Michael Ausiello’s idea, could read “(NOT FAMILY JULES) Cougar Town.”
As someone who was resistant to the show at first because of the title — if you found yourself repeatedly saying, “It was surprisingly good” after episodes in season 1, you’re like me — I get the cast and crew’s urge to tweak it. The show’s no longer about Jules (Cox) dating younger men after her divorce. It’s an ensemble comedy with characters who are essentially functional alcoholics. But as a returning viewer who understands that, I sort of love the title now. In a way, it’s redefined the term “cougar” in my mind. It’s no longer a hot woman who wants to bed a younger man; it’s a woman hot enough that younger men want to bed her, but she’s happy living her life with a man close to her age — or solo with good friends.
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