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Series premiere: Cougar Town with Courteney Cox

In television on 09/23/2009 at 8:55 am

Series name
Cougar Town

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC and City, repeating Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC and City

Regularly airs
Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC and City

Wizened hag of 40 something is dared by a friend to start having fun again five months after her divorce. So she hits the hay with younger men. And offers then crackers and peanut butter. And not in a kinky way.

Primary cast and crew
Courteney Cox (Friends, Scrubs, Dirt) is Jules, successful divorcee with horrible, horrible elbow skin. Such a hag.
Busy Philipps a (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, ER) is Laurie, the friend who gets her into the cougaring game.
Christa Miller (Scrubs) is her other best friend.
Josh Hopkins (Swingtown) is Grayson, the divorced guy across the street from Jules. They rub each other the wrong way. On the surface. Which sounds a bit dirty.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen only the trailer …
I like it. Courteney Cox is fun, although her trauma at discovering pinchy elbow skin? Seriously? However, not sure how much suspension of disbelief I am willing to put into buying Courteney Cox as a mother of an older teenager. Definite maybe. But then again, Wednesday is a busy night on my DVR.

Other reviews
Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star Ledger wisely observes that, while he likes the show and its chances, “Cougar Town has to walk a very careful line between making fun of the cougar concept and embracing it.”

Ken Tucker at ew.com says it manages to make its sex-starved storyline funny rather than vulgar and creepy. He gives it a B.

Official website
Still having the computer problems. Sorry. Will update.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay


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