After 102 episodes, six seasons, two networks, one very infamous name, and lots — and lots — of wine, “Cougar Town’s” cul-de-sac crew is toasting for the very last time.
Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel’s TBS ensemble comedy, which is toplined by “Friends” star Courteney Cox, says goodbye Tuesday night. Series regular Josh Hopkins, who plays Grayson, warns fans that the final episode is a “tear-jerker.” Still, Hopkins sees the glass half full.
“We had the perfect amount of episodes. We ran our course pretty well,” Hopkins tells Variety. With a laugh, he says: “It’s perfect when you leave and everyone still loves each other. I’m going to miss seeing those people every day, but I just think what a great experience it was, rather than be sad that it’s over.”
Hopkins took a break on the set of his NBC pilot, in which he was cast opposite “Parenthood’s” Monica Potter, to chat about “Cougar Town.” (Since then, that network has decided to put the comedy on hold. Variety has learned NBC believes the show can improve if put back into development, rather than be put in contention for the 2015-16 season).
When asked if he ever imagined “Cougar Town” lasting for six seasons, Hopkins answered, “This is lightning in a jar, and we caught it.”
He added: “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve done a lot of pilots and a lot of shows that never went past 13 [episodes], and a lot that went less than that. So to get on a show that went on like this, this is what you look for. I would love to find something like that again. You can never think it’s going to happen, but you can hope.”
Hopkins looks back and reveals his favorite scene to Variety, his off-set drink of choice and the show title he would have chosen for “Cougar Town:”
What was the vibe like on set the final day?
It wasn’t that sad, it was more just appreciation and love. There’s an inevitability built in with these things, and I think it’s more sad to have a show that you think could really be great and then it just doesn’t catch on or is never given a chance — now, that’s sad when that gets cancelled and it’s your last day — but this is more like a celebration of six years of being together and holding great relationships.