The Hidden Comedy Courteney Cox
“Cougar Town,” as the name suggests, first followed Jules’ adventures in his forties, dating men in their twenties. However, creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Beigel quickly realized that the series worked best as an ensemble comedy and shifted its focus away from Jules’ romantic life. With comedic talents like Busy Phillips and Christa Miller playing Jules’ best friends, the change in premise was certainly welcome. However, this led to a problem for Lawrence and Beigel – when the show was no longer specifically about a cougar, did that warrant a title change?
In a 2010 interview with HitFix (via DigitalSpy), Lawrence shared his thoughts on the irrelevant track of “Cougar Town,” saying it was hampering the show’s popularity. “I would like [change the name], and the studio talked about it. … partly because of common sense and partly from their research, they find too many examples of tests of people saying they would never watch a show called “ Cougar Town ” … then they screen a episode and people go ‘Oh, I would watch this show.’ “
In the end, the title of the show was never changed, but it wasn’t too awkward. Although ABC canceled the series after its first three seasons, TBS quickly picked it up and will air its final three seasons from 2012 to 2015, much to the delight of loyal “Cougar Town” fans. For those looking for a fun, light-hearted comedy about dating browsing, curious neighbors, and family intricacies, “Cougar Town” is a frenzy not to be missed.