No escaping her friends
Courteney Cox says about the team, writes is all
OURTENEY Cox likes being part of a team. She loved being part of an ensemble on the long-running sitcom Friends.
And she feels the same way about the direction her show Cougar Town has taken.
The series debuted with Cox’s character, Jules, as a 40-something divorcee dating younger men.
However, it quickly moved away from that to focus on her relationship with her friends.
‘‘I think all successful shows are ensembles,’’ Cox says.
‘‘It seems like you have to be supported by somebody. You can’t just come out and do a one-man show.’’
Cox, co-star Josh Hopkins and the rest of the cast are keen to emphasise the show’s third season is all about friendship.
‘‘We have to let people know that it’s not a show about cougars,’’ Cox says. ‘‘It’s a show about adult friendships.’’
In the series, set in Gulfhaven, Florida (nicknamed Cougar Town because its high school teams are the Cougars), Jules spends most of her time hanging around and drinking red wine with friends, including her exhusband Bobby (played by Brian Van Holt). No one works much – and the show pokes fun at that.
Cougar Town also rewards its viewers with inside jokes about the cast.
Cox says everything the characters make fun of Jules for is something co-creator and executive producer and writer Bill Lawrence has made fun of Cox for in real life.
For this season, Cox channelled her self-professed obsessivecompulsiveness into directing two episodes.
‘‘She’s such a good director,’’ Hopkins says.
‘‘Some directors worry about offending you. She would just come up and say, ‘No. Do it like this’. ’’
‘‘Let me just put it this way,’’ Cox says. ‘‘In my episodes, he shines!’’
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