Hello Cul De Sac Crew!
The tour was run by McCormick’s awesome and funny assistant, MJ. MJ was the best tour guide, ever. The tour started promptly at 9:30 a.m. and MJ began taking us around the set.
As we continued walking to Laurie’s apartment, we saw pieces of furniture were missing. Some were categorized by blue tape. We learned they were beginning to tear down Laurie’s set. Suddenly, the final season became real to us and we realized the show is coming to an end.
Right next to Laurie’s place was Tom’s garage. We saw Tom’s little model of Jules’ house (so creepy…) and were told that sadly, his dolls were already gone. License plates lined the walls of the garage. Blankets covered up every piece of furniture inside it. We faced another indication that the show was ending with the furniture being marked with blue tape and covered by blankets.
After Tom’s garage, MJ took us to the most inspiring and exciting part of our tour – Stage 6, which houses Jules’ kitchen, Grayson’s pub and Jules’ and Laurie’s offices. We waited outside for a minute and watched the red light spin, indicating there was filming occurring. After the red light went off, we went inside the set and saw the cast and crew of the show. Internally, we were screaming, but on the outside, we remained calm! The first person we saw as we walked backstage was none other than Courtney Cox (Jules) reading her script. We were literally internally screaming as we walked to the production room. Right away, we were introduced to Josh Hopkins who shook our hands and and greeted us warmly!
We were in what industry people call “video village” and we saw monitors showing what was being filmed. MJ let us sit in the official “Cougar Town” set chairs. Josh told us to take a seat and watch it be boring. Ha! We felt like we were part of the show’s cast and crew. McCormick came over to say hello and began his work on the show. As we were sitting, every single cast and crew member introduced themselves to us. We felt welcomed on the “Cougar Town” set by the cast and crew’s warm personalities. Ian Gomez even offered us gum from their “gum bag” that apparently used to be a box. Ha!
Once the filming had hit break time, MJ took us to see the outside of Tom’s window, Grayson’s pub, Jules’ office and Laurie’s Krazy Kakes!
After watching filming for a little while longer and getting photos with the cast, MJ took us to see Travis’ college, a.k.a. the colonial house used in “Gone With The Wind.” While on the way to Travis’ college, MJ told us about the history of the studios. Once we reached the mansion, MJ took a picture of us in front of it and the tour was concluded.