Right now, the show is on hiatus. I haven't heard a definite date for its return, but there has been speculation that it will be in March. In the meantime, the creators of the show, Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel decided to step outside the box and do something to keep the fans interested and enthused. They began sponsoring Cougar Town viewing parties all over the country. They promised that at least one cast member and one writer would be in each location. There would be lots of time to talk and ask questions. Also, they would preview an episode or two from the coming season at each event. Ticket giveaways have been organized through Twitter, mostly in a fairly last minute way to keep things interesting :) I was soooo excited and happy when I got the email saying that we were in!!!
Last night DR and I got to go to what was probably THE best of all of the nationwide events. Living in Los Angeles does have the occasional advantage. We were able to go to Culver Studios where they actually do their filming. Since it was homebase, all of the cast and a great deal of the writing staff and other crew where in attendance. They visited with the fans in a very casual fashion, right on the fake street that stands in for their Florida neighborhood. They ran a Penny Can tournament, provided free drinks, and most importantly, just made themselves available for questions, comments, and photo opportunities.
|Me and my new boyfriend, Bill "VDOOZER" Lawrence.|
Here are some pictures of other people we met -
|DR and Bob Clendenin. Bob plays the creepy neighbor, Tom, on the show. Nicest guy ever.|
|Me and the adorable Ian Gomez, who plays Andy Torres on the show. |
DR made him laugh by mentioning remembering him from 28 Days.
I have a small story about his extreme kindness.
Aren't they the cutest?
Anyway, after another glass of wine and sitting around the big heaters they had out, it was finally our turn to go see some preview episodes of the show. We were in the second group and had a bit of a wait. When we went in, the cast were all seated in front for some more Q and A. It was the first chance to see Courtney Cox, who didn't really mingle before hand. While this was going on, they were also handing out souvenirs. DR got a Cougar Town tour tee and I got a complete Season One DVD set. After that Bill released the cast and we settled in to enjoy a couple of brand new episodes. We watched Eps. 1 and 4 from the coming season. At the last minute, we were invited to view Ep. 5 if we wished. We did! Made me look forward to this third season so, so much...which of course was the point.
After that we hobbled off to the car and home. I think it was one of my best evenings ever and I was so glad that DR and I got to do it together before he takes off again in a couple of days. Go Cougar Town! :)