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For years now, Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has been saying that his show was poorly named. Now he seems to be putting an exclamation mark on that statement. Lawrence recently confirmed to TV Guide that his central character, Jules (Courteney Cox), is about to become a married woman!
But will Jules actually arrive this fall at her show's new network, TBS, with a ring on her finger? Requisite season-finale (airing Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m.) shenanigans aside, it's a safe bet that she will.
"The one weird dilemma is, when you're talking about characters in their early 40s, you really can't do the will-they-or-won't-they or the stuff that comes with youth," Lawrence told TV Guide. "For us, if Jules and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) are in a great adult relationship and they're getting along, then they're going to get married. There's not going to be any leaving at the altar or anybody coming in and messing things up at the eleventh hour. So it was just playing that arc out."
As the spoilers hint, the tensions of this wedding episode will be more about whether Jules will be able to endure the bachelorette party that her well-meaning friend Laurie (Busy Phillips) arranges for her. And whether Ellie (Christa Miller) can manage to remain faithful to her own husband in the face of a hilarious come-on from a hotel concierge played by Cox's real-life ex, David Arquette.
Naturally, Grayson wants to elope, and Jules wants to make him happy. But would they actually ditch the other cul-de-sac dwellers, around whom this show revolves? Not a chance.
When it comes to commitment issues, fans of this show are actually less concerned about Jules and Grayson -- and more worried about Lawrence himself. In the wake of his announcement that he'd hired a new showrunner Ric Swartzlander to handle the day-to-day operations next season, he had to send out several tweets to reassure them that "no one is replacing me."
"All the cast is staying around and most of the writers are staying around," Lawrence told TV Guide. "And you'll see...my name all over the place." And no doubt, a fair number of giant wine glasses, too.