Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A Night Out On the Cougar Town
Cougar Town continues to be the little show that could, snatching renewal from the jaws of cancellation year after year. The critically acclaimed comedy returns for a fourth season on Jan. 8 on a new home -- cable network TBS. The cast and crew of Cougar Town celebrated the show's upcoming return by inviting press to the set (at the Culver Studios) on a recent evening. And yes, much wine was poured.
This is a cast that seems to genuinely love their show and each other. Perhaps it's the underdog nature of Cougar Town, which was never a big hit on ABC but was nonetheless appreciated by critics and a small but vocal fanbase for basically being Boozy, Grown-Up "Friends." The cul-de-sac crew is a group that you'd truly like to spend time with, sipping a Pinot and playing a mindless game of Penny Can.
The show's cast and producers are also the show's biggest boosters, and have spent much time, money and effort fanning the flames to keep it alive. Executive producer Bill Lawrence famously shelled out a lot of his own cash to throw Cougar Town parties before the start of the show's third season. He's also a big Twitter user, taking advantage of the medium to speak directly with fans. At the recent event, Lawrence and the cast went out of their way to make sure they were interacting with press and talking up the show.
Lawrence is genuinely thrilled with the amount of promotion TBS is putting into this new season of Cougar Town. The show was even promoted in theaters across the country. It's great to see the gang back -- and we'll be watching on January 8.