The cast of Cougar Town stepped out last night for a panel hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in LA. Courteney Cox was back to focusing on her small-screen work after promoting her return to film in Scream 4. The movie didn't fare so well at the box office, but that hasn't stopped Courteney from continuing her press rounds. Her most recent stop was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she talked about her estranged husband, David Arquette. David's been doing his part to promote their thriller, though he claims to have finally tired of speaking about his relationship with Courteney. He's not the only man who has chatted publicly about Courteney recently. Her ABC costar Josh Hopkins just refuted the romance rumors that were sparked when he and she were spotted on the beach together in St. Barts. It looked like they were nothing but friendly at yesterday's event, as they mingled with a fresh-from-Coachella Busy Philipps. Courteney, Busy, and Josh took the stage with Dan Byrd to answer questions. The Cougar Town gang spoke about their series and touched on their hilarious Hawaii episode, Courteney's craziest onscreen mom moments, and how much Dan giggles on set.
Courteney Cox showed off her amazing bikini body in a green suit and kissed her onscreen love Josh Hopkins while shooting a scene for Cougar Town in Hawaii yesterday. The actress lay out on a lawn chair and hung out with her costars, including Busy Philipps who was fresh off attending the Oscars with best friend Michelle Williams. Busy arrived on location on Monday, and quickly stripped down to her tiny two-piece and hit the beach. Courteney has been on the island for a few days, and was spotted spending time with her daughter Coco on Sunday. The whole cast is having a blast shooting their season finale, which conveniently can double as a mini vacation, and one of the camera assistants is tweeting fun updates from all the action.
Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps were together on the Hawaiian set of Cougar Town yesterday afternoon with costar Dan Byrd. The day of work came after Courteney and her daughter Coco, who visited with her mom between scenes, were able to relax over the weekend with Brian Van Holt. Busy wore a hot pink cover-up over her bikini for the day in front of the camera, while Courteney was ready to hit the beach in a polka-dot dress. It was a particularly casual look for Busy, who was dressed up on Sunday to hit the Oscars with her pal Michelle Williams. Busy walked the red carpet with Michelle before they settled in to watch the show, and they even showed their affection while making the afterparty rounds. She was only able to get two hours of sleep before heading to the airport, but Busy said she and the cast are already having so much fun together.
Courteney Cox hit the beach in Santa Monica to work on Cougar Town yesterday. She was joined by her onscreen son, Dan Byrd, for fun in the sand during the afternoon and then welcomed her love interest on the show, Josh Hopkins, for filming at night. She and Josh kept their romantic scene going as they headed back to their trailers holding hands. Courteney's other costar, Busy Philipps, missed the sunny shoot since she was braving the snow on the set of I Don't Know How She Does It in NYC. Busy will return to the West Coast before the weekend though, since she's joining pal Michelle Williams at the Oscars on Sunday. Make sure to fill out BuzzSugar's ballot with your winner predictions for a chance to win a TV, or print your own to play with friends at home!
This week's Winter TCA festivities included a visit to the set of Cougar Town, and besides learning lots of funny, amazing tidbits about the show, I also had a chance to chat up the series' stars. I talked to Courteney Cox about how the show has helped her, and I also had a few minutes with her onscreen son, Travis, played by Dan Byrd. The young actor had a few things to say about his character's romantic life as well as his movie career, which recently included little gem Easy A, in which he appeared with Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone.
Buzz: Even though the concept for the show has changed, Travis's girlfriend is a few years older, so he's kind of dating a cougar right now.
DB: A little bit! I don't know if she quite qualifies as cougar status, but there are shades of it.
Buzz: Is Travis's current love interest sticking around?
DB: What I've heard — this is a spoiler alert — Travis I think gets a little swept up in that particular romance and tries to take it to the next level and gets shut down and pretty much spirals toward the end of the season.
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Courteney Cox and the rest of the Cougar Town cast and crew threw themselves a holiday party on the Sony lot in Culver City yesterday. Ian Gomez and Courteney took turns riding an oversized, inflatable slide, while Dan Byrd chowed down on a burger. Jules and Laurie were among Buzz's best platonic TV duos to round out a banner year for one of our favorite shows. We also loved the Friends reunion with Jennifer Aniston, though the series is on an extended hiatus so their other costar Matthew Perry's new comedy can make its debut. There were also major changes in Cox's personal life and her surprising split from husband David Arquette is one of our biggest headlines of 2010.
Prepare to be refreshed: for every dozen lackluster comedies, a diamond in the rough emerges, and by the looks of this trailer, that diamond could be Easy A. Emma Stone is at home in the starring role of the high school comedy — somewhat of a modern-day version of The Scarlet Letter — as Olive, a high school nobody. Her standing at school suddenly changes when she pretends to sleep with a gay classmate (Cougar Town's Dan Byrd) as an act of goodwill so their peers will stop torturing him. The lie soon snowballs, and her rep becomes both scandalized and impossible to ignore.
The premise is made all the better by the funny preview — it definitely smacks of Mean Girls, both in setting and humor (sample Olive quip: "I fake rocked your world"). Factor in the many famous faces in the film, like Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, plus Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as Olive's parents, and I'm ready to slap on a scarlet "E" for excited.
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As pilot season rolls on in LA, I've got a whole bunch of new TV castings to report. Of course, this week's big news is Brittany Snow getting offered the lead in the Gossip Girl spinoff, but there's much more going on. A few highlights:
- The cast for Courteney Cox's ABC comedy Cougar Town has filled out a bunch this week: Busy Philipps will play Cox's friend and coworker in the show, while adorable Aliens in America star Dan Byrd will play Cox's son. Brian Van Holt will play Cox's ex, described simply as "a loser."
- Chris O'Donnell is officially on board for the NCIS spinoff. He'll join LL Cool J.
- Angel alum Amy Acker has joined the cast of ABC's murder mystery Happy Town, playing the wife of Geoff Stults's character.
- David Morse and Michael Nouri will play blue collar and blueblood fathers in ABC's Empire State, about a modern-day Romeo and Juliet-esque couple.
- Derek Luke and Kevin Rankin (Herc from Friday Night Lights!) will play a doctor and a paramedic on NBC's Trauma. Jamey Sheridan is among others in talks to join the cast.
As far as this fall's new shows go, the CW's "Aliens in America" scored pretty high with TV bloggers who saw the pilot episode. I myself found a lot to love about the show, most notably the two main boys, Justin (Dan Byrd) and Raja (Adhir Kalyan). The story follows a Pakistani exchange student, Raja, who goes to live with an "all-American" small-town Minnesota family. The mother in the family (Amy Pietz) has a lot of reservations about this arrangement, including the fear that Raja may be a terrorist. But Justin soon finds a friend in Raja, someone who listens to him without judging.
There are some hilarious moments in this pilot episode and some clever writing overall. Yet there are also moments that make me squirm, and not in the funny-awkward "The Office" kind of way.
I actually watched the pilot episode twice, since the part of Justin's father was recast with Scott Patterson (yes, Luke from "Gilmore Girls"!) and I actually liked the show a lot more the second time around. I'll be curious to find out what you thought of it if you catch it tonight at 8:30 PM. For now, you can check out a preview of tonight's episode if you read more
The networks have announced their fall schedules, but which of the series will actually be worth watching? Throughout the summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. A lot can change before a show makes it to air, so these aren't comprehensive reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's installment: The CW's "Aliens in America."
What's it about? A shy, socially awkward high school kid from small-town Minnesota has his worldview turned upside down when he finds a kindred spirit in Raja, his family's Muslim exchange student from Pakistan.
Who's in it? Dan Byrd, Adhir Kalyan, Amy Pietz, Scott Patterson (most recently of "Gilmore Girls")
The good: Of all the half-hour comedy pilots I watched for the fall season, this was the funniest. Byrd and Kalyan are perfectly cast and absolutely hilarious to watch on screen (and the writing for them is stronger than it is for any of the adult characters). It's bold to take on pretty serious race relations issues through the vehicle of a CW teen comedy, and I appreciate the effort and the intention of the show.
The bad: Some of the scenes that call out Raja's religion or outsider status made me feel downright uncomfortable, and I couldn't tell if the writers were being provocative on purpose or if I was supposed to be laughing. A school scene in which a kid tells Raja she hates him because his people wrecked the World Trade Center was particularly squirmy, as was nearly every word out of the suburban mom character's mouth.
Will I watch? Yes. Despite how uncomfortable I felt with some aspects of the pilot, it was funny enough that I want to see where the show goes.
To watch a preview (note: this was filmed before Patterson was cast) and see a couple more photos, read more