No es­cap­ing her friends

Courteney Cox says about the team, writes is all

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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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