Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Chance to Catch Up with Courteney Cox and "Cougar Town"

There are so many replays on TV these days, it's impossible to keep. Here's one that may be worth plugging into your DVR.

A Chance to Catch Up with Courteney Cox and "Cougar Town"

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Courteney Cox (left) and co-star Busy Phillipps in "Cougartown."
Courteney Cox (left) and co-star Busy Phillipps in "Cougartown."

There are so many replays on TV these days, it's impossible to keep. Here's one that may be worth plugging into your DVR.

SOAPnet, another tentacle of the vast Disney octopus, plans a Cougar Town "marathon" Nov. 14 (it's a Saturday) from 5 to 7 p.m.. They're running the first three episodes and the fifth one, and don't ask me why they're skipping No. 4. After "Pilot," you can see "Into the Great Wide Open," "Don't Do Me Like That" and "I Won't Back Down."

From Bill Lawrence, the producer of Scrubs, Cougartown stars Courteney Cox (always two e's with her) as a 40-something divorcee trying to navigate the treacherous waters of the dating pool, mostly with younger guys. It can be raunchy and supremely unbelievable, but Cox brings a playfulness to the proceedings that helps to override the smarm. Dan Byrd (from the marvelous and overlooked Aliens in America) is especially good as the son who suffers through her ill-conceived shenanigans.

Any show with episodes titled after Tom Petty songs can't be all bad. Bruce might have been better, but Courteney may be finished with her Springsteen period. She started her career 25 years ago with Bruce in his "Dancing in the Dark" video, which The Boss won't let me embed, but you can click and see how time flies when you're having fun.

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