'Cougar Town': A sitcom by any other name...


Ever since ABC's Courteney Cox-starring comedy "Cougar Town" debuted last fall, there have been critics who objected to the show's name.


Among them: show creator Bill Lawrence.


Lawrence will tell pretty much anyone who will listen that he'd like to change the name of the show. That's because some people in focus groups told the studio they would never watch a show called "Cougar Town," because they don't think a show about a 40-something woman shagging younger men is appropriate for prime-time TV. (We're guessing they also don't allow Balzac novels to pollute their houses.)


But once these name-haters were forced to watch an episode as part of the focus-group gag, they said they would watch it. Yeah, uh huh -- until they saw the episode in which Andy, the neighbor of Jules (Courteney Cox), whines that his new baby, Stan, doesn't look like him. Whereupon Andy's wife whips off Stan's diaper to reveal private parts described by one bystander as "elephant trunk"-like which, Andy's wife says coyly, proves Stan is Andy's child.


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