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Pilot Watch: Cougar Town

The networks have announced their Fall schedules, but which series will be worth watching? Throughout the Summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. Note that a lot can change before a show actually makes it to air, so these aren't reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's pick is the ABC comedy Cougar Town.


What's it about? A divorced 40-year-old real estate agent with a teenage son tries to find out if she can regain her dating mojo while also keeping her self-respect.

Who's in it? Courteney Cox, Busy Philipps, Christa Miller, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Brian Van Holt

The good: There's something familiar and welcoming about seeing Cox on screen again as Jules, and I got a kick out of some of the supporting players, especially Philipps as Cox's unabashedly trashy co-worker. There are a couple of funny continuing gags, including one with peanut butter crackers and another with footie pajamas. Byrd (Heroes, Aliens in America) does a great job of convincing us that having Jules for a mother would be embarrassing.

The bad: The show's language is surprisingly raunchy — I'd give an example, but I don't think I can print it here — and Jules can seem too sex-crazed and desperate (especially because it's hard to believe she's having such trouble finding a date in the first place). The show leans on physical comedy more than I expected, though to be fair, Cox can pull it off. I love that there's a show with a hot leading lady in her 40s, but judging from one episode, it doesn't seem quite like the sensitive, pro-woman comedy I was hoping for.

Will I watch? I'm really pulling for this show, and I have faith in its stars and creator, but I'm a little concerned about it. I'll still follow it for a while, at least.

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Photos copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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