Okay, so the Cougar Town cast and creators weren’t pounding grape quite like the cul-de-sac crew does, but they came with red wine in hand to last night’s Paley Center panel. The event was just the latest of a series of viewing parties that the cast and co-creators and executive producers Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel organized as part of a grassroots campaign. With the ABC comedy stuck in TV schedule limbo, they decided that sitting around and doing nothing was not an option. “For Bill and for me it was kind of a no brainer,” Biegel said. “Why would you not do this? I want people to see it. So if that means going out there to show it to people, I’m going to go out there and show it to people.”
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In preparation for Cougar Town’s Feb. 14 return date, Creator Bill Lawrence put together a nifty highlight reel — spoilers and all — for the new season. Among them: Some hottie refers to his body as “the truth” while another uses the name “Prince Charles” to indicate a fierce desire to hurl.
Valentine’s Day can’t get here soon enough. READ FULL STORY »
'Cougar Town' scoop: David Arquette to guest. Plus, more season 3 intel from Courteney Cox and Bill Lawrence!
Here’s a Valentine’s Day present for Cougar Town fans. The comedy is returning to ABC on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 8:30 p.m.
You had to figure with the cancellation of Work It (which was sneakily axed late Friday night) that this was coming, right? That’s why ABC seemingly ignored Cougar Town during its midseason dates announcement — you can’t declare a return date for a series that you suspect is going to take the place of another show that has a high likelihood of not working.
And yet, ABC also demonstrated a sort of accidental brilliance by leaving Cougar Town off its schedule and recent Pasadena press-tour lineup. The decisions seemed to slight the show, yet it galvanized fans and rallied creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel to promote the comedy as an underdog, resulting in more press attention and buzz than if the show been on the schedule all along.
So here’s the new question. Cougar Town used to enjoy the huge Modern Family lead-in on Wednesdays. Now, moving to Tuesdays, its lead-in will be Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, which has gone through two companions in the last few months (Man Up, Work It). Will Last Man Standing and Cougar Town get along?
Most ABC shows don’t have to launch and finance their own full-scale publicity tour, but then most shows aren’t like Cougar Town — the adults-only confection that has yet to earn a spot on the network’s midseason lineup.
Rather than sit around and wait for ABC to talk up the comedy, creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel have decided to shoulder the responsibility themselves. They’ve begun hosting nationwide screenings in hopes that fans will do what the network can’t — encourage more people to watch one of the most endearing (though ratings-challenged) shows on TV. READ FULL STORY »
'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Justified,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Welcome back, friends! Hope the holidays were as fattening for you as they were for me.
As winter hiatus comes to a close, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. (Although, I hope you still enjoyed the special Once Upon a Time edition of Spoiler Room that was served up last week!) And this week, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, I hope. If not, there’s a simple way to solve that: Hit me up! E-mail SpoilerRoom@ew.com or Tweet me @EWSandraG. And if you don’t see your question, keep trying! (I do read them all!)
Enjoy, and it’s truly lovely to be back in the swing of things! (Side note: Anyone else sort of love what’s going on in this week’s Spoiler Room blend? Now that’s a trio!)
‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’: STEFAN CHANNELS… JACK BAUER AND CHUCK NORRIS?
The year 2011 hasn’t been the easiest for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Co., on The Vampire Diaries, and, as Julie Plec told Mandi Bierly, the first new episode of the season doesn’t do much to indicate changing winds in 2012. READ FULL STORY »
Welcome to Spoiler Room: Jen’s Edition. Kidding. But also not really. After wrapping up today’s column, I realized I chose four questions from people named Jen. I promise you, this is not an act of favoritism. But now I’m really curious how many of you are out there.
Regardless, if you ask, I’ll answer. So get askin’! Send your questions, ponderings, new show scoop requests, and post-premiere reactions to email@example.com. And if many of your names happen to be Jen, fantastic. (Your move, Sarahs.)
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’: FINALLY SOME MER/DER FOR YOU
I can’t tell you how often I get harassed lovingly asked for Meredith and Derek scoop, and after sitting through next week’s two-hour premiere with my mouth hanging open for 80 minutes (two hours, minus commercials), here’s what you’re going to get out of me on Mer/Der, Crowen, and Alex (who is sans nickname because he’s all alone. Poor Alex). READ FULL STORY »
The Critics’ Choice Television Awards — created by the recently established Broadcast Television Critics Association — were designed in part to be a counterpoint to the annual Emmy Awards (and the more established TCA Awards). The winners of the first annual CCTAs, however, echoed several Emmy winners of the recent past: AMC’s Mad Men took home Best Drama; ABC’s Modern Family won Best Comedy; Best Actress in a Comedy went to 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey; and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons earned Best Actor in a Comedy.
The majority of winners, however, have not snagged an Emmy award — or, in some cases, even a nomination — but remain long-standing fan favorites. READ FULL STORY »
'Cougar Town': Exec producer Bill Lawrence gives you the scoop on tonight's season finale in Hawaii!
It’s time to wave goodbye to the cul-de-sac for awhile, figuratively and literally. Not only does tonight bring the one-hour season finale of Cougar Town (ABC, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT), Jules (Courteney Cox) and the gang leave Florida to jet off to Hawaii, where Jules’ son, Travis (Dan Byrd), has apparently decided to become a beach bum. Plenty of Hawaiian high jinks await you, including but not limited to tropical versions of Big Carl and Penny Can. “I think people will really dig it,” says co-creator/exec producer Bill Lawrence. “Just so it wouldn’t seem like a typical ‘resort episode,’ we shot in and around Hawaii too. We took some shots at doing stuff that people haven’t seen, hopefully.… But mostly it was an excuse to get the tabloid people out taking pictures of Courteney in a bikini.” Kick off your shoes and luxuriate in the following teasers from Lawrence about tonight’s finale. READ FULL STORY »
'House,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Good Wife,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Roomies, I hope this scoop finds you well!
Quick reminder before your healthy helping of scoopage: Team EW will be at Upfronts next week, so be sure to send your burning questions for any stars/suits on hand to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Nothing is too small or geeky to be asked!) Or follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute action: @EWSandraG. Also, summer TV is upon us! Start getting those questions in!
See you next Friday!
‘HOUSE’ GOES OFF THE CLOCK – AND IT’S DISGUSTING(LY AWESOME)
The penultimate episode of House takes us behind the curtain of our favorite doctors’ lives – and let’s just put this out there: These people are highly troubled. Oh, but that’s why we love them. READ FULL STORY »
Season finale alert! When to expect goodbye episodes from 'Survivor,' 'Chuck,' and 'Saturday Night Live'
Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).
Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales. READ FULL STORY »
InsideTV Podcast: Is 'The Voice' better than 'American Idol'? Plus: 'Survivor' and 'Cougar Town' talk
Maybe it was simply due to the pimped-out spinning chairs with the badass button and “I Want You!” lettering, but we were totally smitten with the debut episode of NBC’s The Voice. Our interest shocked even us seeing as how a televised singing competition is the last thing this world needs (get ready for two more with Bravo’s Platinum Hit and Fox’s X Factor). We loved the anticipation of seeing if anyone would buzz in, and then the follow-up anticipation of seeing which coach a singer would choose. We also liked how competitive the celebrity coaches got (next week: Adam Levine vs. Christina Aguilera in a steel cage match!). But how does the show stack up to American Idol? If you could only watch one from here on out, which would it be? Annie Barrett, Jessica Shaw and I answer that very question on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast READ FULL STORY »
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