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Cougar Town is losing one of its longtime residents.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Brian Van Holt — who has played Bobby “Penny Can” Cobb since the show’s launch on ABC in 2009 — will depart at the start of the TBS comedy’s sixth and final season.
According to a C-Town insider, Van Holt — who recently wrapped production on the Syfy limited series Ascension — is leaving early to pursue other opportunities.
The Cul-de-Sac Crew is set to bid farewell to Van Holt’s Bobby in the Season 6 premiere, which is slated to air in early 2015.
In a competitive situation, CBS has made a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Bill Lawrence. Written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof, the project revolves around two lifelong best friends who are poised to become successful restaurateurs — if they can keep from killing each other. In order to keep their business (and friendship) alive, the two decide to see a couples therapist, who will guide them through life, love and the fast-paced world of being big-city restaurant owners.
Dr. Cox will be reuniting with his ex-wife when Ground Floor stages a Scrubs reunion next season.
Christa Miller has landed a guest-starring role on the TBS comedy as the wife of John C. McGinley’s Mr. Mansfield, EW has learned exclusively. The chic, brassy and artistic Allie Mansfield is the only person in the world who can control her husband.
This will be Miller and McGinley’s second time playing spouses onscreen after Scrubs. In real life, Miller is married to Ground Floor creator Bill Lawrence, who was also behindScrubs.
Ground Floor is slated to return Dec. 9 on TBS.
Courteney Cox’s directorial debut has secured a distribution deal in the US and Canada.
Starz has signed on to distribute dark comedy “Just Before I Go” following its debut at the Tribeca Film Fest.
The film centres on a depressed man, played by “American Pie’s” Seann William Scott, who plans to commit suicide. But before he does he goes home to right his wrongs.
David Arquette, Rob Riggle, Garret Dillahunt, Kate Walsh and Olivia Thirlby also star in the film which Cox produced with Thea Mann of Coquette and Gabriel Cowan of New Artists Alliance. Arquette, Alexandria Jackson, John C. Rhee and John Suits exec produced.
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.