Courteney Cox developing a sitcom called “Cougar Town”

Courteney Cox doesn’t seem to have learned her lesson from Dirt. The poorly received show didn’t do well with either critics or audiences, but that hasn’t stopped Cox from creating a new show. Luckily this one sounds much better. She’s teaming with former Friends writer (and Spin City/Scrubs creator) Bill Lawrence to produce and star in a show called Cougar Town about a newly-single 40-year-old woman. Because we haven’t heard enough about cougars lately.

Welcome to “Cougar Town.” ABC has greenlighted a single-camera comedy pilot from “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence to star “Friends” alumna Courteney Cox. Produced by ABC Studios and penned by Lawrence and “Scrubs” writer Kevin Biegel, “Cougar Town” centers on an attractive, newly single 40-year-old mom (Cox) with a 17-year-old son.

“Forty-year-old women on TV are so beautiful and perfect and wrinkle-free,” said Lawrence, who first worked with Cox when he was a writer on “Friends.” “People don’t do the reality of it, and there is a real comedy area about a woman who is talking about Botox, about having sex with the lights on and how her body is changing.”

Lawrence and Biegel had the idea for the show for a while, and Lawrence felt that Cox, whom he describes as “comedically fearless,” would be perfect for the lead. After the actress guest-starred on the opening three episodes of the upcoming season of “Scrubs,” he approached her. Cox said she has been “a huge fan of Bill Lawrence and his comedic sensibilities” since “Friends” and that “after having such a great time with him on ‘Scrubs,’ it felt like the perfect fit.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Cox and Lawrence are going to co-executive produce Cougar Town. Even though I think they’re a little late in jumping on the cougar bandwagon, the show sounds like it could have potential. I tried watching Dirt a few times and just couldn’t get into it. It felt dull and monotonous. I think Cox does best in a more traditional/sitcom type of situation. This sounds like a potentially funny show that could be a hit if it’s well written and has good casting. Clearly Cox knows how to carry a show; she just needs the right vehicle. And this sounds like a much better (with less disaster potential) show than her last one.

Here’s Courteney Cox out and about in West Hollywood on Monday. Images thanks to WENN and Fame.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

16 Responses to “Courteney Cox developing a sitcom called “Cougar Town””

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Kaiser says:

    It sounds horrible, but I adore “Scrubs”… maybe good writing will rescue a horrible premise? Probably not.

  2. Feebee says:

    I think it sounds like it has potential but please let “Cougar Town” be a working title… honestly can you imagine asking a friend if she saw Cougar Town last night without sounding like a twat? Lipstick Jungle is only barely audible (and I love the show).

  3. Anni says:

    will she cast jennifer? 😆

    love scrubs too. but it should have ended earlier. with braff leaving it´s going to suck.

  4. stellapurdy says:

    I won’t watch if they don’t change the name.

    And what’s wrong with CC’s lips in the header picture?

  5. elisha says:

    Sounds kinda funny. Although I think sitcoms are dead.

    Is Dirt cancelled or something?

  6. Joe says:

    “Cougar Town” staring Jennifer Aniston.
    Two played out publicity ho’s hook up with men to jump start their dead career. The man turn out to be a complete disgusting douche bag, who’s own career has died out and he need a beard to hide behind.
    Yeah I think that’s already been done.
    I think it flop big time.

  7. Moderator says:

    Posters using multiple names on celebitchy will be banned. Choose a name and stick with it.

    The person to whom I am speaking knows who they are.

  8. RAN says:

    LOL CB Moderator – Big Brother is one of my favorite shows and we play it out here every day 😆

  9. Ron says:

    The title needs to change. Swing Town just got canned and Cougar Town will too. Try something like Cougariffic or Cougartastic 😉

    Say it like Samantha from Sex and the City….

  10. jennifer says:

    Courteney Cox doesn’t seem to have learned her lesson from Dirt.

    LOL what the hell “lesson” was she SUPPOSED to learn?!?! She was on a very successful sitcom for years, had one flop…YEAH, THAT’LL LEARN ‘ER! 😯 😆

    P.S. I won’t be watching. And not just because the cable company recently figured out I was getting free cable; no,mainly because it just sounds stupid, AND if it’s not cartoons or sports I’m probably not a fan… 😛

  11. Modesty says:

    I for one loved Dirt. Maybe because I’m not American! 😉

  12. geronimo says:

    I thought Dirt was ok too but I’d love to see her doing some really good tv work – even watching her now on Friends’ reruns, her delivery and comic timing is great. Just needs some good writing behind her. I hope this one works.

  13. JohnnieR says:

    While I freely admit that I developed a huge crush on Courteney Cox when she appeared on “Family Ties” way back when, I also, even then, realized that Courteney’s acting abilities and comedic timing were, to put it nicely,

    Then, along comes the NBC overrated and highly sophmoric “Friends”, featuring Cox’s overrated and vapid BFF, one Jennifer Anacin. Now, while I admit that Courteney, in ’94/95, was still smokin’ hot, I also realized that time had not enhanced her…er…acting skills. True, I have watched perhaps only 3 episodes of that insipid series, but that was more than enough to see that Cox-Arquette simply did not, and does not possess the acting chops. Plus, Courteney and Anacin elected to drop way too much weight; they emerged looking as if they had spent hiatus in a concentration camp. Courteney Cox, sans
    15 pounds and flat ironed hair, morphed into a skeletal version of Elvira.

    “Dirt”? One huge pile of it; I watched 20 minutes of this crap and couldn’t decide which was worse – the storylines/scripts or Ms. Cox-Arquette’s phone-in wooden performance.

    “Forty-year-old women on TV are so beautiful and perfect and wrinkle-free,” said Lawrence, who first worked with Cox when he was a writer on “Friends.”

    Uh…first of all, is somebody in denial here? Courteney is 44 going on 45, but, anything to preserve the illusion and sustain the delusion of time marching on. Secondly, sure, one can be “perfect and wrinkle-free” when one is injecting botox into the forehead and collagen into the smackers. Oh, but Ms. Cox-Arquette claimed to try it…only ONCE. Uh huh.

    Anyway, before I digress, I will give Cox-Arquette kudos where they are due; at least she, unlike the self-absorbed, minimally talented Jennifer Anacin, knows her place – the delusional wasteland of television and not the big screen. Then again, it’s highly questionable if Cox-Arquette has ever been deluded with big screen offers.

    Okey-dokes, this guy’s rant has finished.

  14. Granger says:

    I never liked Dirt either. To me, it was so “inside joke”-ish. “Ha ha, isn’t this funny? Famous people sitting around making fun of non-famous tabloid people, in a way that only other famous people can truly understand.” Almost — ALMOST — as bad as that horrendous scene in Ocean’s 12 (13?) where Julia Roberts’s character pretends to be Julia Roberts. God, that was awful.

    I like Cox, though. She was good on Friends. I still stick to my uncorroborated belief, however, that David Schwimmer is the most underrated actor from that show. It sounds crazy, but to me, he played a character the least like his “real” self. I’ve seen him in other things since, and he’s always completely different from bumbling, annoying Ross. Aniston, on the other hand, the most overrated Friend, always plays an iteration of Rachel. Just my opinion, of course…

  15. vdantev says:

    *Twitches at the word ‘Cougar’*

    No wonder Europe thinks we’re stupid.

  16. RAN says:

    Johnny… You DO realize it’s Aniston, right? 😕