'Cougar Town' cast swears move to TBS made show better, reveals Season 4 spoilers
Same cul-de-sac, different network.
After being evicted from ABC last spring, Courteney Cox and her "Cougar Town" neighbors will call TBS home for Season 4, starting Jan. 8. The cast, which converged in the oh-so-show-appropriate Napa Valley last December to discuss the syrah-soaked season with Yahoo! TV, was thrilled by the save for a variety of reasons.
"Mostly because of our mortgages," joked Josh Hopkins (Grayson), before Dan Byrd (Travis) added, "And I have a gambling problem."
"It would have been a shame and an injustice if it was canceled," Brian Van Holt (Bobby) admitted. "I would have been very depressed because I'd enjoyed working with these guys, especially Ian. I didn't want the bromance to end."
Ian Gomez (Andy) was a little more pragmatic: "We've all been doing this a long time and know the realities of the business. You're lucky if you get a show, if the show gets picked up, if you get two seasons. I was prepared to get back to the hustle. But I'm so, so happy because I don't like looking for work and I'm thrilled to do more with these guys."
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They could all agree that there were some loose ends that needed tying up and plenty more tales for the Florida friends to tell. "They did a really nice job of putting a little bow on things at the end of last season [just in case], but there were obviously still some open-ended things happening, like the Trav and Laurie relationship," explained Byrd.
Busy Philipps (Laurie) added, "I certainly didn't feel the show was finished and Bill [Lawrence, co-creator and executive producer] definitely sent the message to us toward the end of last season that the show was not done yet, no matter what happened with ABC. And I really trust Bill."
They also all agreed that the move to basic cable and a 10 PM time slot could not have gone any smoother.
"I can feel the change. It starts with the network. There was kind of a cloud above us [when we were] under the ABC umbrella," Gomez said. "At TBS, there is a lot more freedom and it's a lot cooler. We can do and say more things that would not have flown on the Mickey Mouse network. And there's like 12 people at the whole company and we know them."
His on-screen wife, Christa Miller (Ellie), couldn't agree more: "They're really excited and enthusiastic, and it trickles down to the cast and the crew."
Philipps echoed her sentiments: "The move has been awesome. It is such a different situation, feeling so embraced by the network. They want to make us a cornerstone of their comedy [lineup]."
Cox, who plays hot-but-dysfunctional mama Jules and also produces the show, feels it has made the overall product smarter and funnier: "I've directed a lot of the episodes so I get the notes right away, and they're so happy and supportive. They never say, 'You went too far there' or 'That's too racy.' They encourage it. Some of our previous boundaries have been taken away and I feel like we are in such a good place because of it. We get to do more of what we want to do."
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Hopkins continued, "We always struggled with [being] an adult show in a time when every other show is about 15-year-old vampires. This is a good-to-be-at … a place where we can take advantage of the fact that we can be a little more adult in our language and subjects."