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A favorite Friend talks about how love, loss, and David Fincher prepared her to direct her first feature-length movie, the indie dramedy Just Before I Go.
I’ve always felt a kinship to Courteney Cox. I think we all have.
There was the way she managed, as Monica Geller on Friends, to make the combination of neuroticism and rabid energy seem warm, endearing, and fun. There was the middle finger she gave critics and industry suits who wrote off Cougar Town based on its misfire of a title by steadfastly guiding the little sitcom that could through 88 episodes and two networks, turning it into, at one point, the most consistently firing sitcom on TV and a showcase for her most nuanced acting yet.
She’s always seemed just the right balance of glamorous and goofy, that when you see her, you feel like you’re running into an old Friend. (Heh.) And, as she sits across from me raving in ecstasy about ranch dressing, all of the suspicions about how cool Cox might actually be in person are ever-so-blissfully confirmed.
“You’ve never seen the way I eat,” Cox cautions, dabbing dressing from the corner of her lip as we discuss Just Before I Go, her feature film directorial debut that premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival. But, as she begins to share the personal stories behind the personal film, all traces of vanity and self-consciousness goes out the window. “Ranch dressing is so good,” she coos. “Fuck yeah, Hidden Valley.”
Actress Busy Philipps may currently play wild child Laurie Keller alongside Courteney Cox on Cougar Town, but in real life, she’s a mom of two girls, 11-month-old Cricket Pearl and 5-year-old Birdie Leigh with screenwriter husband Marc Silverstein. And though we often think celebs’ family lives look nothing like our own, Busy’s sounds as down-to-earth as it gets!
The Stir recently caught up with Busy at the Banana Boat Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes kick-off in NYC, and she dished all about her girls’ names, their household screen time habits, and the low-key but completely cool birthday parties they’ll be enjoying this summer …
What fun summer plans do you have with the family? We’re doing a lot of beach time, a big family vacation in North Carolina at the beach, and we’re going to have A LOT of backyard pool time. I have a basket of sunscreen out by my pool, and it stays there all the time, so we literally always have it. It’s filled with that, and goggles for the pool, because kids come over, and they want goggles! I realized I have to go to Target and get 400 pairs of goggles in blue, pink, and green so that these kids can have goggles when they come over!
Busy Philipps is an accomplished actress with stints on “Cougar Town,” “ER” and “Dawson’s Creek,” but her husband Marc Silverstein is no slouch either.
The screenwriter is known for penning such romantic hits as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” Valentine’s Day” and “The Vow.”
“It was interesting when we were writing our wedding vows together [in 2007] and it was interesting what he came up with, because obviously it was so beautiful and well written,” Philipps told ABC News. “I was like ‘Oh really? You feel that about me? Oh right this is what you do for a living, oh my God you are so good at it!’”
In fact, Philipps said some of her and her husband’s wedding vows made their way into 2012′s “The Vow” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.
“That was a nice surprise for me, he never told me that he did that. Sometimes I read his scripts, sometimes I don’t,” Philipps said. “I hadn’t read ‘The Vow’ script. I watched it on an airplane and was sobbing hysterically during the vows part because I saw my wedding vows in there with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum saying them to each other (laughs)!”
David Cross, Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, and a whole bunch of people fromArrested Development, Friday Night Lights, and The League will appear on the second season of Drunk History. The show’s co-creator and host Derek Waters toldEntertainment Weekly that his only goal in casting season two was “to keep clear eyes and a full heart so I wouldn’t lose”—something that he achieved by landingFNL alums Adrianne Palicki, Zach Gilford, and Jesse Plemons as celebrity re-enactors. AD is represented by Cross, Tony Hale, and Alia Shawkat, and The League contributed Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, and Jason Mantzoukas.
Other actors who’ll pop up on season two include John Lithgow, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Johnny Knoxville, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Busy Philipps, Matt Walsh, Jon Daly, Emily Deschanel, Steven Yeun, Ken Marino, Jayma Mays, Jason Momoa, Charlie Day, and Jaleel White, among others. Season one guests Winona Ryder, Jack Black, Stephen Merchant, and Jack McBrayer will also return, albeit in new roles. This season’s inebriated storytellers include Jonah Ray, Duncan Trussell, Molly McAleer, and Morgan Murphy.
Season two of Drunk History launches July 1 on Comedy Central.
Cougar Town actor Brian Van Holt is boarding Syfy’s Ascension. Holt is joining the cast of the limited series space thriller, which also stars Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer.
Ascension is about starship secretly launched from Earth in the year 1963, sending hundreds of men, women and children to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.
Holt (The Bridge, Black Hawk Down) will play the ship’s captain William Denninger, who is described as “a natural leader, a military man and politician … strong-willed and confident.” He became captain of the Ascension as a result of his heroic actions during a fire that nearly destroyed the ship early in its voyage. While strong-willed and confident, he and his wife, Viondra (Helfer), have a tortured marriage.
Ascension is a six-hour drama created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville) who will serve as showrunner. Syfy plans to launch Ascension in November. We can’t wait to see what an early 1960s starship looks like!
Cougar Town star Christa Miller has boarded indie comedy Hot Air.
The actress now joins Justified‘s Jere Burns, Criminal Minds‘ Matthew Gray Gubler and musician-actress Schuyler Fisk in the movie that Derek Sieg is directing.
Hot Air revolves around a burned-out lothario (Burns) who fakes his own death in order to escape a life sentence in jail, only to meet the son he never knew he had (Gubler) at his own funeral. Sieg co-wrote the script with Jeremy Goldstein.
Miller is the woman Burns’ character should have married, but let get away.
The project, which is produced by Kyle Fischer, Dave Szamet and Goldstein, is shooting in Austin, Texas.
Miller has appeared alongside Courteney Cox in Cougar Town since the show’s inception in 2009. The comedic actress appeared for nine seasons on Scrubs and also starred in The Drew Carey Show.
She is repped by ICM Partners and Principato Young Entertainment.
Bill Lawrence still has plenty of boyish charm, but he’s become one of the elder statesmen of the sitcom biz, in recent years juggling three or more shows at a time through his Warner Bros. TV-based Doozer Prods. As NBC’s “Undateable” approaches its May 29 premiere, joining “Cougar Town” and “Ground Floor” on his active roster, the showrunner who cut his teeth on “Spin City” and “Scrubs” talks about mentoring a new generation, wine consumption and lost souls.
Why so many shows from your company all at once?
I’ve reached a point in my career that the most satisfying thing is to get other talented writers through the system. Also, they are younger than I am, so they still have souls. I need that in my life.
What makes a man “undateable”?
The idea behind this show is that due to insecurity, wardrobe choices, job situation, your “look” — see my peroxide-blond stage — every guy and girl goes through an “undateable” stage. Most people get out of it. These folks are stuck.
How is your job different when you are an exec producer/godfather vs. the creator of a show?
Same job, but if the show is really good, it’s because of the young, talented creator(s) behind it. If it fails, it’s most likely my fault.
Fill your largest flower vase with Malbec: TBS has renewed Cougar Town for Season 6.
Brace for a slightly bittersweet celebration, however, as the show’s next batch of 13 episodes will be the final ones for the Courteney Cox-led ensemble comedy about a group of wine-guzzling, suburban Florida pals.
TBS’ sixth- and final-season order will bring Cougar Town past the 100-episode mark, the magic number for becoming a viable candidate for syndication.
Cougar Town premiered in September, 2009 on ABC as a lead-out to Modern Family, then made the leap to cable after getting cancelled at the end of Season 2.
The forecast for the sitcom’s future looked slightly uncertain as recently as last month, when series regular Ian Gomez booked a role on the CBS comedy pilot Cuz-Bros (in second position to his Cougar Town gig).
The cul-de-sac crew is expected to return to TBS — and pound copious grape — in early 2015.
CBS’ Cuz-Bros is becoming a safe haven for sitcom actors with undefined futures.
Cougar Town‘s Ian Gomez has been cast in the CBS comedy, which also stars Enlisted‘s Parker Young and Geoff Stults, Deadline reports.
The sitcom centers on Nick (Stults), a Los Angeles ladies’ man whose world is rocked when his cousin Barry (Young) needs a place to crash. Gomez will play Phil, who’s in charge at the radio station where Nick works.
Like Stults and Young, Gomez’s Cuz-Bros part is in second position to his role on TBS’ Cougar Town; if the cabler renews the wine-soaked comedy for a sixth season, Gomez would continue with that series.
Bookmark TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard — and check often — to stay up to date on Cougar Town‘s fate.
#5.13 – “We Stand A Chance” – After winning Cul de Sac Crew Trivia, Tom gets to pick the location of the next group vacation. The gang is less than thrilled, however, when Tom opts for a stay-cation. Meanwhile, Jules fakes being healthy at her annual physical exam and gets some shocking results. And Bobby accidentally signs Grayson and himself up for a breakdancing competition.