Ready to get your Valentine's cocktail on?
After nine months, Cougar Town is (finally!) back on tonight (ABC, 8:30 ET/PT), and Cox tells us how close she and creator Bill Lawrence came to kicking the cougar out of their town — literally.
"We gave the show a title that helped it sell the show and get it on, but then we didn't write that show," says Lawrence. "And so now we're a show called Cougar Town that's not about older women chasing younger guys. It's really a show that's about adult friendship and how people while away the time, essentially drinking with their friends."
So Team Jules opened the can of worms. "We tried to figure out what would be a better name that would all of a sudden make people want to watch the show?" says Cox. "And what name is worth changing it for?" She and Lawrence debated: The Sunshine State? Family Jules? Wine Time?
But they were plagued by thoughts of shedding viewers who would lose the show, and DVRs that would fail to record it. "That would be terrible, to lose people," adds Cox. "So I think it's just about people not being embarrassed about the title, giving it a shot."
Meanwhile, Cox joined Twitter just over two weeks ago and already has more than 102,000 followers. "It's a whole new thing for me," she says. "I don't know how all this stuff works. It's nice to be able to let the fans know that you're around and say hi."
So, how much tweeting is too much? "I don't know how personal to get, it's a little weird," she says. "I don't know if I'm supposed to be taking pictures of (things) or not ... it's a lot of pressure to try and be funny sometimes!"