Cougar Town, starring Courteney Cox, joined the TBS lineup in January 2013 after three seasons on ABC. It finished the year as one of basic cable’s Top 10 original sitcoms with adults 18-49. In the most recent Season 5, the series averaged more than 2 million viewers and ranked as one of cable’s Top 10 comedies with adults 18-49 (1.3 million) and adults 18-34 (639,000) for Q1 2014. Cougar Town was created by executive producer Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel. The series is produced by ABC Studios, with Lawrence, Cox, David Arquette and showrunner Blake McCormick serving as executive producers. Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins and Brian Van Holt co-star.
Syndicated Pop Culture Game Show With Craig Ferguson Set For Fall 2014 Launch Via FremantleMedia, Debmar-Mercury & Coquette
FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Debmar-Mercury for Celebrity Name Game, a fast-paced game show slated for a fall 2014 nationally syndicated launch with The Late Late Show’s Craig Ferguson hosting. The half-hour strip, based on the board game Identity Crisis, was developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Prods with Scott St. John (Deal Or No Deal), who will serve as showrunner. Ferguson’s involvement stems from the project’s first incarnation at CBS where Coquette sold it as a pilot two years ago under the title Identity Crisis with Ferguson hosting. In Celebrity Name Game, celebrities team with contestants to identify famous names including actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians and even cartoon characters. “Celebrity Name Game is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy,” said FMNA CEO Thom Beers, noting the company’s success with game shows hosted by comedians like Drew Carey (The Price Is Right), Steve Harvey (Family Feud) and Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal). This marks the second syndicated collaboration between FMNA and Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, along with Family Feud, which is produced by FMNA and distributed by Deb-Mer.
EXCLUSIVE: In yet another example of cross-pollination between vertically integrated companies this buying season, Fox has taken in an ABC Studios-produced comedy in a script deal with penalty. It hails from Courteney Cox and David Arquette‘s studio-based Coquette and writer Vijal Patel who also has an overall deal at ABC Studios. The single-camera comedy centers on tiger parents who realize raising smart confident kids is a horrible idea when they turn into smart confident teenagers who make your life hell. Patel is writing and will executive produce with Cox and Arquette, with Coquette’s Thea Mann co-executive producing. Patel, repped by APA and attorney Bruce Gellman, serves as co-executive producer on ABC/ABC Studios’ new comedy series Trophy Wife. He previously serves as co-executive producer on Family Tools and spent three seasons on The Middle. Coquette is co-producing with ABC Studios the TBS comedy series Cougar Town starring Cox.
EXCLUSIVE: The former Friends star is getting behind the camera for her feature directorial debut with Hello I Must Be Going. Written by David Flebotte, the Courteney Cox helmed pic has Seann William Scott in the lead role as Ted Morgan, a depressed man who heads back to his hometown to right some wrongs before committing suicide. Former Private Practice actress Kate Walsh co-stars as his sister-in-law Kathleen Morgan in the movie. Scott was last seen in 2011’s hockey enforcer comedy Goon and in 2012’s American Reunion. Walsh will be seen in the upcoming 10-episode DirecTV drama Full Circle. A co-EP on Desperate Housewives, Flebotte has written for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and served as a consulting producer on Raising Hope.
Courteney Cox’s hit series Friends ran on NBC for 10 years, chronicling the lives of 6 friends over a decade. Now Cox and her ex/producing partner, David Arquette, are developing Ten Years, an ensemble comedy that explores the ups and downs of relationships among a group of friends spanning 10 years. It is one of 2 projects ABC Studios has sold to NBC. The other is a drama from writer Daniel Taplitz and producers Ian Sanders and Kim Moses. Written by Howard J. Morris (According To Jim), Ten Years tracks the ebb and flow of a 10 year relationship for a recently separated couple in the center of a group of friends and family. Morris, Cox and Arquette are executive producing. Inspired by a true story, The Next Insanely Great Thing is set in the last company town in America whose suburban townspeople agree to become test subjects for a high tech company’s social media experiments, with unexpected, hilarious and emotionally gripping results. Taplitz, Sanders and Moses are executive producing.
Courteney Cox’s hit series Friends ran on NBC for 10 years, chronicling the lives of 6 friends over a decade. Now Cox and her ex/producing partner, David Arquette, are developing Ten Years, an ensemble comedy that explores the ups and downs of relationships among a group of friends spanning 10 years. According to our sister site TV Line, which broke the story, two of the characters are loosely inspired by Cox and Arquette’s real-life post-split arrangement where the two remain close in caring for their daughter. The project is set up at ABC Studios, where Cox and Arquette’s company is based, and will be shopped to the networks shortly. I hear Howard Morris is attached as writer.