Amicable exes David Arquette and Courteney Cox have their next collaboration lined up after his run on “Dancing With the Stars”: The “Scream” co-stars’ new series about a recently split couple has been sold to NBC.
ABC Studios announced Tuesday that it has sold the comedy, “10 Years,” as well as the drama “The Next Insanely Great Thing” to NBC, the former home of Cox’s “Friends.” She now stars on ABC’s “Cougar Town.”
Since their separation last year after 11 years of marriage, Cox and Arquette have continued to collaborate, including on the Howard Morris-written show that bears striking similarities to their real life. Executive produced by Arquette and Cox with Morris, it tracks the 10-year relationship of a separated couple and the people around them.
Cox and the couple’s daughter, Coco, have appeared repeatedly on “Dancing With the Stars” to cheer for Arquette.
“The Next Insanely Great Thing” takes place in a company town in which residents agree to become test subjects for a high-tech company’s social media experiments. The experiments bring the town closer together as they take surprising, funny, and emotional turns. The show is written by Daniel Taplitz, who executive produces with Ian Sanders and Kim Moses.
Cougar Town won’t be back until midseason, but its stars will be everywhere this fall.
In an unusual spectacle of stunt casting, Courteney Cox and her co-stars on the third-season ABC comedy will pop up in background roles on more than a dozen shows across several networks before its season premiere early next year.
Ian Gomez is scheduled to kick things off as a doctor on tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 9 ET/PT), followed by Cox and Christa Miller as a lesbian couple at a fertility clinic on Private Practice (ABC, 10 ET/PT).
With so many entertainment choices these days and network promotional budgets often focused on just a few programs, shows have to find ways to market themselves, executive producer Bill Lawrence says. Since Cougar Town isn’t on the air now, “we decided it might be funny to say our cast is going to be on in the fall more than any other cast.”
Cox is game for the gimmick: “I thought it was hysterical. Bill and the writers have always been great about figuring out ways to keep people aware of our show even when we’re not on TV.”
Almost all the roles are designed to be uncredited, non-speaking appearances for a cast that also includes Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Busy Philipps and Brian Van Holt. To date, 13 shows are on board, says Lawrence, who hopes eventually to have more than 20. Series include:
•ABC:Body of Proof,Castle,Dancing With the Stars,Man Up! and The Middle
•CBS:How I Met Your Mother
•Nick Jr.:Yo Gabba Gabba!
NBC’s Parenthood and CBS’ 2 Broke Girls are also likely.
In return, Cougar Town’s writers and actors, some of whom have thousands of Twitter followers, will tweet to promote their appearances.
Lining up appearances on other programs, especially on competing networks, can be tricky, but relationships forged by Lawrence, Cox and others over their years in the business reaped rewards. The Mother role is reciprocation of sorts for when Scrubs creator Lawrence allowed star Sarah Chalke to appear on the CBS show, he says.
“The fun thing is that if you can get to this point, the idea behind it, as writers and creators, is that we can help each other out,” Lawrence says.
Lawrence is no stranger to guerrilla marketing. Cougar and Scrubs cast and writers produced videos and interactive promo material; Cougar and NBC’s Community have traded shoutouts. “Hopefully, it will be kind of a game for our fans and remind people we’re still around and coming back soon enough,” he says.
Getting to work on her hit show, Courteney Cox was spotted strolling around the “Cougar Town” set yesterday (August 25).
The “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” actress donned a grey striped shirt, distressed jeans and leather sandals as she read over her lines in between scenes. Earlier this week, Courteney was seen having dinner with her estranged husband David Arquette and their daughter Coco at Il Sole restaurant in West Hollywood.
And despite her makeup-free complexion, Ms. Cox looked as beautiful as ever as she enjoyed time with her family.
David Arquette’s performance on Dancing with the Stars “sparked something” in Courteney Cox Arquette, according to sources. The pair have remained on good terms since announcing they were separating after 11 years of marriage last year.
Courteney cheered on her estranged husband during his debut on the TV show last week. The actress and the couple’s seven-year-old Coco were in the audience of the dancing contest to lend their support to David. Sources have revealed seeing him perform conjured up a lot of old feelings.
“Courteney said watching him sparked something inside her and she felt ‘unbelievably connected to him’ and ‘more attracted to him than ever.’ She went back to his after the show and they had a huge chat about getting back together,” a source told Closer magazine.
Sources have revealed that a reunion for the pair is definitely on the cards. After talking about their feelings for one another, they are both willing to give their marriage another go.
“They both agreed that if they did try again, it would be on a trial basis, but it’s looking likely,” the source added.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette may have a rocky relationship, but they’re ready to work together again in the name of quality TV.The pair are developing a comedy tentatively titled “10 Years,” which would follow a group of friends and their relationships over the course of a decade. Wait, didn’t “Friends” last a decade?The show is being produced through their Coquette Productions based at ABC Studios. Cox and Arquette are shopping the idea around, but ABC would be a potential home for it, according to TV Line.Cox, busy with “Cougar Town,” would likely only serve as a producer, while it’s possible that Arquette appear on the show.The two are married, but have been having high-profile marriage problems of late. They co-starred in the “Scream” film series together, including this year’s “Scream 4.”
The third season of ABC’s adorable Cougar Town may still be a long time away, but the DVD of the show’s second season will be out today — a lovely way to get yourself out of your television wine withdrawal (if there is one). Marking the DVD’s release: the show’s stars Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps talked about how different season 2 was from season 1 (in Cox’s words, it’s the “new and improved Cougar Town”) and whether 40-somethings can really be that crazy.
Courteney Cox on how Cougar Town has changed from the first season:
“Cougar Town started out as a show about a 40-year-old woman dating younger guys. However, we soon realized that getting these young, male guest stars to appear in the show for just one week meant that the audience didn’t really invest in the characters. That’s why we decided to move away from a show about a ‘cougar’ and move into a show about this group of dysfunctional friends. It was always an ensemble show, but we decided to push it more when we realized that was the core of the show … It was a good decision because the regular characters on the show are far too interesting to take a back seat.”
Busy Philipps on how the show evolved into what it is now:
“When they were casting the show, they were looking for a group of people that would be able to work really well together. When we got to the third or fourth episode of season 1, I remember Bill Lawrence saying to us, ‘This is the show. It’s about friends. It’s not about her looking for younger guys. It’s about you and your relationships together.’ It wasn’t like the producers decided to change the tone of the show; it’s just made the show stronger.”
Cox on being nominated for a Golden Globe:
“I was so psyched when that nomination came through. It was such a good feeling. You know what? I’m really proud of this show and I’m really proud of what we’re doing. I am happier than ever working on Cougar Town.”
Philipps on whether Cougar Town’s childish character reflect reality:
“I think that depends on the people you hang out with. There are groups of people that sit around, drink wine and behave like proper adults. But there are also people who like to let loose and have some fun. My husband has this group of football friends that get together every Sunday. They are all aged 38 to 45 and they drink, play games and watch football. They have fun together and it feels very reminiscent of the stuff we do on this show.”
Cox on why Jules is a real estate agent:
“I am really into real estate, which is why Jules has the perfect job for me to portray on the show. I’m not sure how that came about, though. [Cougar Town creator] Bill Lawrence spent tons of time with me before he went away and wrote the pilot episode – and he really captured my sense of humor, although I don’t know if he was trying to capture my passion for homes by making Jules work in real estate. To be honest, I just think there are a lot of real estate brokers in Florida. Whatever works…”
Philipps on that old question — should Cougar Town change its name?
“The show’s name got a lot of attention when we were filming season 1, and it got a lot of people interested in the show. Television is a really tough business; the goal is to keep your show on the air and to get people to watch it. Having the discussion about the title gave more interest in the show and it got people talking. In season 1, we had a lot of bloggers saying, “If you’re turned off by the title, you should check it out. It’s not about cougars.” And then in season 2 they said, “Will they change the title? Won’t they change the title?” I think it continually garnered interest – but changing the title is a very tricky proposition.”