Exclusive details on Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston's 'Cougar Town' reunion

It’s official: ABC is confirming what I first reported last month: Courteney Cox will reunite with her former Friends costar (and real-life BFF) Jennifer Aniston in the show’s second-season premiere on Sept. 22.

Who will she play? Keep reading for all the exclusive details straight from exec producer Bill Lawrence…

“She’s going to play Courteney’s shrink named Bonnie,” reveals Lawrence, referring to Cox’s character, Jules. “Kind of a get-too-involved-in-her-life-type of therapist. Those guys are so close in real life they kind of do that for each other anyway. Bonnie has the life Jules wishes she has.”

This marks only the second time the pair have worked together on a scripted series since Friends went off the air in 2004. Their first reunion was in 2007, when they re-teamed for an episode of Cox’s FX dramedy Dirt.

Lawrence says Cox rightly wanted to get Cougar Town on its feet before playing the Aniston card. “It took us a while to find the show,” acknowledges Lawrence. “And once we did and once it was clicking, I think that not only did Courteney feel comfortable talking to Jen about doing it, but comfortable in how funny she thinks the show is and that Jen would like it and fit into this world really well.”

“It starts and ends with Courteney and Jennifer being really great friends and excited to work together again—especially doing comedy together,” Lawrence adds. “Every day that those two talk they have more ideas about [the role]. It’s definitely something they’re both involved in creatively.”

Lawrence is hoping viewers that tune in for Aniston’s guest appearance will realize the show has evolved from its original conceit and stick around. “I want as many people as I can get to see what the show kind of became last year,” he says. “It went from a typical TV show trying to find itself to something that I’m really proud of and like and think is really funny.”

But back to Aniston, given the massive amounts of emotional baggage that Cox’s character carries around, might we see Aniston’s shrink return? “We’re very intentionally implying that it’s a therapist Courteney has been using for a while, and we’re certainly not going to make it like they’ll never see each other again,” he says. “So I’m crossing my fingers that if she has a good time it’ll happen again.”

Thoughts? Psyched to see Cox and Aniston work their magic on CT? Hit the comments!

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  • Rebecca

    This is AMAZING news! I was hoping this would happen!

    • Stormy

      Oh please! Anniston is becoming the female Brett Michaels, anything to be in front of a camera. Blech!

      • toots

        Brett Michaels is the female Sharon Osborne.

      • Holla Atcha

        Sharon Osbourne is the female David Spade.

      • Botox

        And someone please tell Courtney to stop injecting me into her face…she looks awful.

      • Lorie

        Not as awful as the actress who plays Courtney’s best friend. Christa Miller?! I loved her on Scrubs but her face: OMG!

      • bruno

        OMG!!!! SHE IS??? OH my…WHO. CARES???!! i love all of the people in this reply by the way. ausiello, not so much. but way to give yourself a pat on the back for a story you reported over a MONTH AGO! good for you samrt guy. i mean, whoever would have thought jeniffer i do everything aniston would make an appearance on her bff’s show. you must be psychic dude. get fired.

    • cg

      Uggggg. What is it that has people enamored by this one note munchkin. She has a cute little punim (not really pretty) and manages to stay emaciated. Other than that, I don’t get it. And I am sad for her that she has no children.

      • dk

        There’s more to life than bearing children.

      • cg=dumb

        I hope you don’t have children. God knows they would be dumber than dirt.

      • PJM

        Uh, she has a daughter, idiot.

      • @PJM

        The posts above yours were about Anniston not Cox.

    • Jersey Jeff

      I don’t watch this show, so I don’t care. What about something interesting.

      • RAB

        Then why did you bother to come to this article and then post a comment?

        You care more than you say you do.

      • Lynn

        If you don’t watch the show and don’t care, then find an article about something you do care about and post a comment there. Idiot.

      • Kris

        people who dont care, don’t comment

      • Jersey Jeff

        @Kris – I don’t care about when you try to think

      • Garry

        Hey, Jersey Jeff, just tell us all what it is you consider interesting, and maybe everyone at EW will drop what they’re doing and come up with a custom-made web site just for you!

      • Jersey Jeff

        You spelled your name wrong it is Gary

      • Garry

        You must be thinking of someone else. I can spell my own name, you dope.

      • Creaux

        Why do people always say “if you don’t care then don’t comment”? I don’t care at all but I felt the need to tell you people who do care how stupid you are for watching this hopefully cancelled soon show. I went out of my way to do this. Geez get a life will ya? And now on to more important things

      • Tony

        @Creaux – Shut up, you peasant.

      • Carm

        @Creaux – Judging a person’s intellect on what that person watches on TV is stupid. Television is used by most to provide entertainment. I learn more by reading. I watch TV to be entertained. I bet a lot of others do the same. And coming to an entertainment website to call others stupid is also very stupid.

    • Jess

      You two look Phenomenal !!!
      Forever fan… I will not miss an episode.. Those haters can go jump in rush hour traffic.. LOve Ya. Jess

      • SirLizard

        “You two look Phenomenal” Uh, Jess, neither one of them wrote this article, and it’s extremely doubtful that they are reading it, so it’s pointless for you to write as if you’re addressing it directly to them.

    • Buz

      I had Chinese food for dinner last night.

      • Jersey Jeff

        See I do care about that. What did you have?

      • Boone

        We had homemade lasagna and a spinach salad.

  • tammy stark

    Yay!! Cannot wait for the Jen and Courtney reunion. Must say, I love how these Friends girl are so close. First Lisa came on CT and now Jen… no wonder, Friends connected with billions world over. It still does. I still watch the reruns and love it as much.

    • chris

      Totally agree. It makes me like all three of them more than I already do!

      • Kayla

        finally … a positive comment !!
        i was shocked to see all of these negative @$$ comments !
        and they say not to comment if you don’t care !!!!
        anyway … i completely agree !!
        =D

  • Kelly

    YES YES YES YES YES! Bring back Lisa Kudrow as the mean dermatologist. All three of them in the same episode would be AMAZING!

    • Kev in Switzerland

      Yes, would be awesome!

    • Ugo

      that would be fantastic!!

    • Ally

      And maybe David Schwimmer can be her dentist. :-P

      • Lynn

        Matthew Perry as her dentist would be funnier because he played one in The Whole Nine Yards, too. But I don’t think they’ll ever bring him on the show since they were married on Friends.

      • kh

        Didn’t Lisa Kudrow already play her dentist?

      • Boone

        Maybe Matthew Perry could be her statistical analysis and data reconfiguration guy? And the joke could be that she doesn’t even know why she’d need that.

    • Chivita Punk

      Yes!! It’s such a great idea! But also It would be great if they could add Matt Perry in one fine episode of Cougar Town… He’ll bring the kind of dark humor this tv show requires to be more awesome!

      • sandy

        he could play her ex husband brother…

      • sandy

        he could play her ex husbands brother…

    • Garry

      Please remember that they wouldn’t be playing their characters from “Friends”, so you could probably put any good comic actors their age in the roles and get pretty much the same results.

      • Jersey Jeff

        correction GARY

      • Garry

        I spell it with 2 r’s. Deal with it, and then get out of here.

      • Ashley

        what are you 12??? he spells him name with two r’s seriously get over it!! GROW UP! JERSEY JEFF, now thats a name! if you going to make fun of someones name make fun of your own LOSER! yeah i posted it twice STFW!!

      • Jersey Jeff

        Sorry you are upset Asshley.

    • Beth

      that would be absolutely amazing!!!

    • Stina

      I LOVED that episode! I’d love to see Lisa Kudrow back for another episode. Or three.

  • Kev in Switzerland

    Great! This show has definitely come a long way, despite a couple of let down episodes mid season and can’t wait for season 2, and to see Aniston and Cox’s chemistry again!

  • Andy

    I am so excited.

    • Jersey Jeff

      really?

      • Ashley

        what are you 12??? he spells him name with two r’s seriously get over it!! GROW UP! JERSEY JEFF, now thats a name! if you going to make fun of someones name make fun of your own LOSER!

  • pw

    The show is nothing like the name implies and has turned into one of my favs- my husband even likes it and he rarely watches ‘my’ shows. It will be great to have Jen on it-Courtney is fabulous as is the entire regular cast. Adding the chemistry with Jen at any time can only make it even better.

  • Louis

    How was the show originally “conceited”?

    • John Berggren

      Conceit – An organizing theme or concept. The original conceit for the series was as the name implied – Cougars in their 40’s getting their groove back with younger men.

      • Stormy

        Are you the poster child for Why Johnny Can’t read? The words you’re looking for are conceived and concept.

  • Bee

    omg YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! how awesome. love cougar town, love jen, love courteney, love the two of them together, and love that it’s gonna be in the season premiere. cannot wait.

  • Kate

    Geez, Jules has been seeing a therapist for awhile? Um..maybe it is not working…

  • timelord

    can we get one of the guys from friends next? guess we have run out of ladies anyway

  • Kevin

    Louis… look it up. Many words have various meanings.

  • graeme

    Lisa Kudrow’s guest starring episode was fantastic, so hopefully this is on the same level.

    • ger

      Kudrow can act, though. Big difference.

      • Tala

        Ok so if Jennifer cannot act like you guys are implying why is she still around years and years later..
        May be because gee she can act and bring in box office bucks! so she had couple movies that did not do so well so what so have others. And why in the last few years ppl picking on her so much, so her husband left her for someone else, adultry is caused by 2 parties and she is over it a long time ago, it’s the tabloids that cause all this crap. Personally i like her acting, and i like brads and Angies to. Some people talk like they know them its such crap…. You think she cares what you think? I think NOT she is laughing all the way to the bank! You go girl!

  • Jenn

    AMAZING! perfect timing too. i really hope this helps the show and shows everyone what an awesome show it’s become, despite the completely wrong name. a season premiere on it’s own would get a bump in ratings. add the modern-family lead-in. add jennifer aniston. add the fact that two friends will be re-united. hopefully it draws big.

  • Robin

    I think that is great. The show has really turned into a fun show. I’d like to see them together again.

  • Barry

    Two talentless “actresses”.

    • roger

      Agreed! This appearance by the former Ms. Pitt will no doubt get great ratings proving once and for all she’s not a movie actress and couch potatoes love them some old sit-com reunions.

    • toots

      Write on !!!!!

    • Jenn

      3 useless haters.

      • @ jenn

        Including you that would be 4.

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