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Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has been talking about changing the name of his ABC show since season 1. After two season, the name hasn't gone anywhere, and we were just about ready to call his bluff…until last week, when Lawrence tweeted: "Those that loved title "Cougar Town"... Not around for much longer."
If you're new to the Cougar Town name-change debate, here's why Lawrence has been contemplating it: He believes that the show hasn't managed to attract the viewership it deserves, despite heaps of critical praise, because people don't want to watch a show about a cougar. This is particularly frustrating, because the title doesn't fit the show, anyway. Courteney Cox's divorced, 40-something character did date some younger guys in season 1, but the show has never really been about that unsavory idea of an older woman preying on young studs.
In fact, it's actually about a group of adult friends living on a cul-de-sac, who do a lot of drinking together -- usually wine. (Along with clever dialogue and unique characters, Lawrence has also livened up the show with well-cast guest spots, like the upcoming one by Sarah Chalke, who costarred in Lawrence's last underdog of a comedy, Scrubs.)
So now the hunt is on for a more fitting name, and Lawrence has invited fans via Twitter to help him find it, by writing, "Still pitching ideas. Feel like any title change would need fan involvement." He recently acknowledged that he was kicking around ideas like The Drinking Age and Sunshine State.
In past tweets, he said he preferred a "nice boring title to a cheesy off-putting one." Here are some of other suggestions from fans and journalists who've weighed in: Grown Ups, Friends With Beverages, Friends and Neighbors, Family Jules, Modern Family, Too, Jules of Engagement, and C-Town.
Or they could just go with The Show Formerly Known as Cougar Town. Hey, it worked for Prince.