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Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Continuing from a highly entertaining season three, “Private Practice” Season Four was well-written and featured highly emotional episodes that were pretty shocking.  The writers for season four definitely stepped their game and really delivered.  If you are a fan of “Private Practice” or are curious about the series, “Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” is a great season to jump in and enjoy!  Recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season

YEAR AIRED: 2010-2011

DURATION: 22 Episodes (986 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Spanish and French Subtitles, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

COMPANY: abc studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2011

Created by Shonda Rhimes

Directed by Mark Tinker, Michael Zinberg, James Frawley and Tom Verica

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Jon Cowan, Robert L. Rovner, Ayanna Floyd, Michael Ostrowski, Lauren Scmidt, Craig Turk, Steve Blackman

Executive Producer: Shonda Rhimes, Mark Tinker, Betsy Beers

Producer: Lauren Schmidt

Co-Producer: Scott Printz

Music by Chad Fischer

Cinematography by Lex DuPont

Editing by Christal Khatib, Noah Pontell

Casting by John Brace, Linda Lowy

Series Production Design by Richard C. Hankins

Starring:

Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery

Tim Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder

KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King

Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman

Amy Brennerman as Dr. Violet Turner

Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett

Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett

David Sutcliffe as Officer Kevin Nelson

Brian Benben as Sheldon

Jay Harrington as Dr. Wyatt Lockhart

Josh Hopkins as Dr. Noah Barnes

Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd

Experience every complex romance, medical crisis and moral dilemma of ABC’s “Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season”.  Don’t miss a moment of TV’s sexiest drama, from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy.

Join the Oceanside Wellness Group family as they try to balance work, friendship and love while they lean on each other for the help and support they need.  As Pete and Violet prepare for their wedding day, disagreements at the clinic put a strain on Addison and Sam’s relationship.  Meanwhile, Charlotte and Cooper struggle in the aftermath of a traumatic personal event and Derek’s sister, Amelia, returns from Seattle with a destructive secret.

It’s a season of change and new hope for Dr. Addison Montgomery and her colleagues.

In 2007, Shonda Rhimes (creator/executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and writer of “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”) developed a spin-off of “Grey’s Anatomy” titled “Private Practice” based on the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). For the most part, “Private Practice” Season One lasted about nine episodes and received a so/so reception from fans.

The premise of the series is that Dr. Addison Montgomery has left Seattle Grace Hospital and moved to California to work for a private practice, Oceanside Wellness Center. In the first season, Dr. Addison Montgomery had to win the respect of her fellow doctors and relationships were examined in the first season.

In the second season, Oceanside Wellness Center is not exactly in the best circumstances as the center faces major financial problems, a new rival practice trying to steal their clients, more relationship problems and drama, cross-over episodes with “Grey’s Anatomy” and to cap things off, a dark and twisted season finale that viewers were probably not expecting.

For the third season, “Private Practice” was all about personal challenges and taking things up a notch. For Addison, we know that her promiscuity comes from her father and she knows she has to deal with it. This season, she finds herself in more complication situations and also having to decide where she stands with Pete and Sam.

Naomi is also put into an interesting situation as her move to another center tests her friendship with Addison but also her business/personal relationships with the men she works with. But most of all, she’s tested as a mother, with a teenager who is growing up.

Violet and Pete must take on many challenges after Violet has suffered a major attack and now, not sure where she is in her life after the attack and having to give up her baby and making Pete a single father. Cooper and Charlotte’s relationship is tested and as volatile as a couple, they are also in love but have a difficult time showing it.

Last season, Dr. Addison Montgomery and Dr. Sam Bennet kept their relationship secret, meanwhile Dr. Peter Wilder and Dr. Violet Turner grew closer in their relationship, as with Dr. Cooper Freedman and Dr. Charlotte King. Also, the season featured Dr. Amelia Shepherd moving in with Dr. Addison Montgomery and the season ended with tragedy as Dell and Myra were in car accident and while Myra and her baby survived, Dell died from his injuries.

For “Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season”, the doctors recover from the death of Dell, meanwhile they must decide what to do with his daughter.  Meanwhile, couples get married, a couple breaks up and as their is one joyous occasion, there is also heartbreak as one of the doctors is raped and beaten savagely, one of the doctor’s may lose her license and one suffers a heart attack.

“Private Practice” focuses on the following main characters:

Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Drew Carey Show”) - A doctor at Seattle’s Grace Hospital and was married to Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, “Grey’s Anatomy”) but had an affair with his best friend, Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane, “Grey’s Anatomy”) and thus ruined her marriage. Thus leaving to Los Angeles and joining a private practice. In the first season, her fellow doctors/co-workers are not exactly warm to her but she manages to prove to them that she’s dedicated to her job and is finally accepted. She was attracted to Dr. Peter Wilder (Tim Daly) but in season two, she is now is looking for a man while leading Oceanside Wellness Center.

Dr. Peter Wilder (Tim Daly, “The Nine”, “Eyes”, “The Fugitive”, “Wings”) – A doctor at Oceanside Wellness Center and is a naturopathic doctor and licensed herbalist. He knows that Addison is attracted to him but is unable to be with other women since the death of his wife. In season two, he finds out that he may be a father of Violet’s baby. Due to his failed relationship with Violent, he has left Oceanside to work for Pacific Wellcare.

Dr. Naomi Bennett (Audra McDonald, “The Bedford Diaries”, “Kidnapped”, “Mister Sterling”) - A founding partner of Oceanside Wellness Center and specializes in reproductive endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology. She works with her ex-husband Sam (Taye Diggs) and has a daughter named Maya. She has left Oceanside Wellness Center to head up the Pacific Wellcare Center which has caused friction between her and Addison

Dr. Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs. “Day Break”, “Kevin Hill”, “Grey’s Anatomy”) - Known to the other doctors as “Doctor Feelgood”, Sam is a founding partner of Oceanside Wellness Center and is an internist. Was married to Naomi and has a daughter named Maya. Wrote a best-selling nonfiction book, “Body Language: The Mind-Body Connection”. In Season 2, he faces a malpractice suit and also becomes concerned about his former wife.

Dr. Violet Turner (Amy Brenneman, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Judging Amy”, “Frasier”) – A psychiatrist at Oceanside Wellness Center. Trying to get over her breakup with her ex-boyfriend Allan. In season two, having been with a few men, she is now pregnant and is not sure who the father is.

Dr. Cooper Freedman (Paul Adelstein, “Prison Break”, “Hack”) - The pediatrician at Oceanside Wellness Center and is the private practice’s pediatrician. A caring doctor and good friends with Violette but not good with dating women and tends to look for them online. This time he balances his personal time with both Violet (as a friend) and Dr. Charlotte King.

Dr. Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland, “The Grudge”, “The Wedding Bells”, “American Gangster”) - The Chief of Staff at St. Ambrose Hospital in Santa Monica. She helps open Pacific Wellcare, a competition to Oceanside Wellness Center. She was recently fired and now trying to get a job at Oceanside. She is also dating Dr. Cooper Freedman and is known for being a cold-person.

Dr. Sheldon Wallace (Brian Benben, “The Brian Benben Show”, Dream On”) – A psychiatrist who had a relationship with Violet. It is not known who the real father of Violet is and thus he and Pete call themselves the fathers, and thus the two do not get along.

Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone, “1-800-Missing”) – Sister of Dr. Derek Shepherd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and a surgeon. She has not talked to her brother since their father had died and became a drug addict. She attended medical school and became a doctor who is tough and fragile.

“Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” features 22 episodes on five discs. Here are spoilerless summaries for each episode:

DISC: 1

  • EPISODE 55 – Take Two – The aftermath after the death of Dell and how everyone must move on.
  • EPISODE 56 – Short Cuts - Pete and Cooper deal with a mother who is giving her autistic child her medical marijuana.  Addison and Sam decide that Naomi should know about their relationship.
  • EPISODE 57 – Playing God – The driver who killed Dell shows up at Oceanside and has a heart attack at the center.  Sam must treat the man he loathes.
  • EPISODE 58 – A Better Place to Be – Dell’s daughter, Betsey, is given up by her mother and now the friends must decide if one of the them should take Betsey in.
  • EPISODE 59 – In or Out -  Addison disagrees with a new oncologist in regards to a newborn who has a malignant tumor.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 60 – All in the Family - Addison and Sam clash over a comatose patient.
  • EPISODE 61 – Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King? – Charlotte is beaten and raped but she wants to keep her rape secret.  Meanwhile, because no report is made..the rapist could be let out free.
  • EPISODE 62 – What Happens Next – Charlotte deals with her assault but can Addison keep Charlotte’s rape a secret.
  • EPISODE 63 Can’t Find My Way Back Home – Charlotte resists listening to the others request for her to pursue criminal charges against her rapist.
  • EPISODE 64- Just Lose It – The DA has bad news for Charlotte in regards to her sexual assault case.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 65 – If You Don’t Know Me - Addison’s mother asks for her help to save her dying partner and it means working together with Dr. Rodriguez.
  • EPISODE 66 – Heaven Can Wait – Addison plans Bizzy and Susan’s wedding, meanwhile Dr. Rodriguez continues to flirt with her.
  • EPISODE 67  Blind Love – Charlotte’s attacker arrives in St. Ambrose in critical condition.
  • EPISODE 68 – Home Again – After a family tragedy, Addison returns to her Connecticut home.
  • EPISODE 69 – Two Steps Back – Charlotte and Cooper deal with secrets, Sam and Naomi treat a pregnant teen with Down syndrome.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 70 – Love and Lies – The doctors clash when an expectant motehr and her husband want them to harvest eggs of their unbon, ill-baby.
  • EPISODE 71 – A Step Too Far – Sheldon falls for Dr. Marla Tompkins,  Cooper and Sam try to convince a family to make their son’s health a priority.
  • EPISODE 72 – The Hardest Part – Pete’s brother, Adam brings their sick mother for a consultation and Peter discovers something about her illness.
  • EPISODE 73 – What We Have Here… -  Katie feels that Violet’s book has breached patient confidentiality and threatens to sue her.  Cooper wonders if Charlotte has feelings for her ex-husband.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 74 – Something Old, Something New – With Cooper and Charlotte’s wedding day approaching, after all that has happened, will the two still get married?
  • EPISODE 75 – God Bless the Child – Betsey returns to the ER for a visit and Amelia tries to stay sober.
  • EPISODE 76 – …Tho Change the Things I Can – The practice is undergoing an investigation by the medical board.  Addison receives an offer and Amelia and Charlotte get into a fight.  Something bad happens to one of the doctors.

VIDEO:

“Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions. Whereas “Grey’s Anatomy” tends to be focused indoors, inside the hospital, “Private Practice” has a slick California look. Indoor scenes are well-lit and outdoor scenes are quite vibrant but viewers will notice the grain in the series. Even during the low-light scenes, you do see a bit of noise but compared to other drama series on television, the series is above average in terms of picture quality on DVD.

AUDIO:

As for audio, “Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Possibly with the exceptions of the final episode with the sirens and episode 41 (Blow Ups), the series is primarily dialogue driven, so it’s pretty much front and center channel driven.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” includes the following special features:

DISC 5:

  • An Inside Look: The Violation of Charlotte King – (13:13) Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers talk about exploring rape and how actress KaDee Strickland trained for the emotional scene.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring eleven deleted scenes.
  • Bloopers – (2:15) “Private Practice” season 4 bloopers

EXTRAS:

“Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” comes with a slipcase cover.

Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers definitely had to face a major hurdle with season three in order to bring back the fans who were skeptical about the show’s longevity.  And suffice to say, they accomplished that goal.

Now with season four, how would the writers continue their success in making sure that “Private Practice” remains to be a strong, well-written show but most of all, utilize its characters.

And sure enough, it’s about focusing on the characters and their relationships.

Season four of “Private Practice” focuses on tragedy and heartbreak.  The series started up strong with the rape of Dr. Charlotte King and with her character typically being shown as cold-hearted, we had the opportunity to see the writers make her character appealing but also warm-hearted and frail.  We know she is strong-willed but the connection she has with Cooper Freedman and the happiness he brings to her life is well-done.  This season, this couple has become my favorite of the series because of their fragile love but the fact that they are opposites that truly compliment each other.

The writers found a way to explore their characters and take them out of their comfort zone and explore… from the rape, to them trying to fix their relationship to their planned wedding.

The other story arc focused on Addison but instead of having too much Addison storylines, the writers also did a good job of not focusing on her character too much but spreading the story evenly but not over indulge the viewer with Addison this and Addison that.  Addison’s relationship with her mother and family but also her relationship with Sam and also Naomi was nicely done.

Addison is a complex character with a lot of instability but also deep inside, she is a beautiful woman that is caring and vibrant if given the storyline to showcase the positive and emotional side of her.  And its good to see that.

And then there is Peter Wilder and Violet Turner.  Violet had an emotional season three, this time around she’s appeared to be the more headstrong character but at the same time, her relationship and marriage with Peter will probably be tested from what takes place in season four.  Violet had a lot to face near the end of season four, as did Peter…but there is no doubt that this couple will be going through challenges for season five, especially what happened at the end of the season finale.  Actress Amy Brennerman was given her moment to shine towards the end of the season with another emotional performance and as for Tim Daly, makes you wonder what the writers are trying to do with his character, especially with how things concluded in the season finale.

With that being said, I do feel the writers felt that Naomi and Sam were a bit difficult to focus on because while they do play an important role in each episode, compared to last year which focused on their daughter, it seems that they were the least focused on this season.  So, perhaps because they were focused on so much in season three, the writers took a step back with these two characters.  With the announcement that Audra McDonald would not be returning as a regular cast member, it may answer why she wasn’t portrayed as much in the series but also why the changes with the hospital took place.

As for Amelia Shepherd, we are starting to see the writers utilize her character even more but there is no doubt that her problems as a recovering addict, will no doubt creep back and hurt this talented doctor.  She showed a lot of enthusiasm but hopefully her character is explored a bit more in season five.

And for Sheldon Wallace, he definitely had a role this season but more of a supporting role for each of the characters as he is the go-to guy when everyone is having emotional problems.  But it would be great to see him integrated a bit more in season five.

This season, I definitely have to say that I enjoyed it.  Well-written storylines, the chemistry among the actors worked very well.  We had solid performances by KaDee Strickland, Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein and Peter Wilder and everyone else in the cast.  But KaDee Strickland definitely had to make her storyline work and seem real and she accomplished that.  Great emotional performance!

I did enjoy the introductions of Dr. Rodriguez (played by Cristian de la Fuente) and also bringing in Jake Reilly (played by Benjamin Bratt) as a possible love interest for Addison but losing Audra McDonald, hopefully this means better character development for the character of Amelia Shepherd but I hope the alcoholic or the junkie storyline doesn’t get overplayed for next season as it is quite cliche for medical dramas.

As for the DVD box set, it would be nice if audio commentary was featured.  Granted, the last season box sets didn’t really come with that many special features but it would be nice to have the director or writers and cast take part in one, especially for the more shocking episodes or the season finale.  But overall, “Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” was a solid set with a few special features and also with good picture quality and audio quality.

Overall, “Private Practice” was an entertaining season.  The writers managed to to keep the season entertaining, especially from a well-done season four.  Each episode was quite entertaining, also a good dose of very emotional episodes as well.   I do like how the writers made sure everyone in the series had a significant role and that was a major plus.   So, with the new changes at the end of season four, I definitely look forward to what the writers have in store for season 5.

“Private Practice – The Complete Fourth Season” is recommended!

Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An enjoyable, fun, adult-humored sitcom from the writer of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”. “Cougar Town” is a fresh comedy featuring a colorful cast of characters and the more you watch it, the more the series starts to grow on you. The second season of “Cougar Town” is hilarious, over-the-top and highly enjoyable.  Definitely recommended!

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TITLE: Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2010-2011

DURATION:22 Episodes (467 minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: ABC Studios

Released Dated: August 30, 2011

Created by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence

Directed by Michael McDonald, John Putch, Gail Mancuso, Chris Koch, Bill Lawrence, Michael Spiller

Written by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh, Linda Videtti Figueiredo, Mary Fitzgerald, Ryan Koh, Sam Laybourne, Sanjay Shah, Mara Brock Akil, Kate Purdy, Peter Saji

Executive Producer: Courtney Cox, Bill Lawrence

Co-Executive Producer: Kevin Biegel, Linda Videtti Figueiredo

Produced by Thea Mann, Randall Winston

Co-Produced by Danny Rose, Mark J. Greenberg, Sanjay Shah

Supervising Producer: Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh

Associate Producer: Abraham Park

Consulting Producer: Mara Brock Akil

Music by Waz, Will Golden, Al Sgro

Cinematography by Andrew Rawson

Edited by John Michel, Roger Bondelli

Casting by Debby Romano, Brett Brenner, Blyth Nailing

Production Design by Cabot McMullen

Art Direction by Gary Warshaw

Set Decoration: Archie D’Amico

Costume Design by Kimberly A. Tillman

Starring:

Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb

Christa Miller as Ellie Torres

Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller

Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb

Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis

Ian Gomez as Andy Torres

Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb

Carolyn Hennesy as Barbara “Barb” Coman

Spencer Locke as Kyle

Ryan Devlin as Smith

Nick Zano as Josh

Scott Foley as Jeff

Sheryl Crow as Sara

Bob Clendenin as Tom

TV’s funniest mom (And the cul-de-sac crew) return for more laughs in their not-so-quiet Florida neighborhood.  Courteney Cox leads an all-star cast in the hilarious second season of ABC’s hot hit comedy, Cougar Town.

It’s a new year of uproarious changes as Travis prepares to leave for college, Jules and Grayson’s relationship reaches another level and Bobby tries to stand on his own.  Meanwhile, Andy and Ellie find clever new ways to keep their marriage lively and Laurie ramps up her search for love – in her own unique way.

Relive all 22 episodes and every laugh-out-loud moment of ABC’s Cougar Town: The Complete Second Season, with never-before-seen bonus features, in the sensational 3-disc box set.

In 2009, Bill Lawrence (co-creator of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”) and Kevin Biegel thought about a TV series that revolved around single people in their 40′s getting back on the dating scene and for Lawrence, said he was also inspired by his wife, actress Christa Miller (who also stars on the show “Cougar town”, “Scrubs” and “The Drew Carry Show”) and her life when she walked out of the shower, went in front of the mirror and flashed it. By that action alone plus their ideas of featuring a 40-year-old trying to get back into the dating scene, the idea of “Cougar Town” was born.

“Cougar Town” is a sexual comedy sitcom which revolves around Jules Cobb (played by Courteney Cox, “Friends”, “Dirt”, “Scrubs”), a 40-year-old divorcee who is a single mother raising her teenage son Travis (played by Dan Byrd, “Aliens in America”, “Heroes”) and also is successfully business owner who owns her own estate business. Having been divorced for eight months, Jules now wants to have fun and enjoy life like a single woman would. No strings tied, no relationships, just to have fun and most of all, having some sexual freedom in her life.

But of course, she’s learning quickly that entering in the dating game (and not wanting a relationship) at age 40 is not too easy, especially if your eyes are in younger men.

Fortunately for Jules, she has a support system which includes her next door neighbor and best friend Ellie Torres (played by Christa Miller). Ellie inspires Jules because she is married and has managed to make her marriage work. Ellis is also a voice of reason and a friend she grew up with and since both Jules and Ellie tend to do everything together. Ellie is married to Andy (played by Ian Gomez, “Rita Rocks”), who is a man that loves to eat, tries to be a good husband but also has lazy tendencies as well. Together both Ellie and Andy are new parents and raising a baby and do all they can to keep their marriage happy and functioning.

When Jules is not hanging out with Ellie, she hangs out with her young, promiscuous (and not-so-smart) assistant named Laurie (played by Busy Phillips, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Made of Honor”). Laurie is all about hooking up with men, having fun and despite not being a great assistant, Jules enjoys her company because she is part of the young single scene and hopes her assistant can take her to areas where she can meet younger men.

And because Jules has friendships with both Ellie and Laurie and both woman are quite the opposite from each other, these ladies don’t really get along but for Jules sake, they manage to hang out together for their good friend.

Meanwhile, Jules is still close with her ex-husband Bobby (played by Brian Van Holt, “John from Cincinnati”, “Threshold”) who loves to party, drink beer, play golf, and is a custodian at his son’s school and lives on a boat parked in a driveway. Despite Bobby knowing why the reason he got divorced with his wife is because of his issues with infidelity, he does care for his ex-wife and wants to have some sort of relationship with Travis.

Another man in Jules life is a man named Grayson Ellis (played by Josh Hopkins, “Private Practice”), a 40-something bar owner, who lives across the street. Grayson irks Jules because young women constantly come out of his home (and Jules is jealous that its easier for older men to get back into the dating game compared to herself, an older woman). But both because of their initial rivalry, Jules wants to be friends with Grayson and encourage him to join the neighborhood activities within the neighbors living in the cul-de-sac.

For the second season of “Cougar Town”, big changes are in store for Jules and friends.  Travis is leaving home to go to college (albeit 20 minutes away), Jules and Grayson’s relationship is becoming stronger, the friends try to come up with new games to enlighten the cul-de-sac crew and also new characters plus a tie-in with NBC’s comedy show “Community”.

Here is a summary of each episode featured on “Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” (a total of 22 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

DVD 1:

  • EPISODE 25 – All Mixed Up – Jules sees a shrink named Glenn (played by Jennifer Aniston), who tells her to give Grayson his own free time without her.
  • EPISODE 26 – Let Yourself Go – Jules is having a hard time dealing with Travis moving away and going to college.
  • EPISODE 27 – Makin’ Some Noise – With Travis going to college, Grayson worries that she will focus all attention on him.
  • EPISODE 28 – The Damage You’ve Done – Grayson and Laurie tells Jules the truth, that the two slept together.
  • EPISODE 29 – Keeping Me Alive – Bobby stops receiving alimony form Jules but will Jules celebrate the occasion?
  • EPISODE 30 – You Don’t Know How It Feels – Jules comes to town for a visit during Halloween.
  • EPISODE 31 – Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) -  Laurie teams up with Grayson to sabotage Ellie for Jule’s birthday gift contest.
  • EPISODE 32 – Little Girls Blues – Travis brings home his new girlfriend Kirsten (played by Collette Wolfe), but will Jules like her?

DVD 2:

  • EPISODE 33 – When the Time Comes – It’s Thanksgiving and Jules and Grayson’s relationship is becoming stronger.
  • EPISODE 34 – The Same Old You – Bobby is offered to play on the PGA, will he do it?
  • EPISODE 35 – No Reason to Cry – Jules questions her relationship with Grayson.
  • EPISODE 36 – A Thing About You – What happens when Laurie becomes Jules new houseguest.
  • EPISODE 37 – Lost Children – Jules creates a new game of hide-and-seek.
  • EPISODE 38 – Cry To Me – It’s Valentine’s Day and Jules wants Grayson to communicate his feelings towards her.
  • EPISODE 39 – Walls – Jules continues to disrupt Travis’ young adult life and Ellie tells her that she needs to back off.
  • EPISODE 40 – Baby’s a Rock ‘N’ Roller - Jules wants to prove to Ellie that having a baby in her twenties is difficult.

DVD 3:

  • EPISODE 41 – You’re Gonna Get It – Jules wants to do something for charity.
  • EPISODE 42 – Lonesome Sundown – Grayson tries to be interested in Travis’ life and the Jules and friends form a council.
  • EPISODE 43 – Damaged By Love – Travis gets his heart broken!
  • EPISODE 44 – Free Fallin’ – Travis drops out of college…how will Jules react?
  • EPISODE 45 – Something Good Coming – Part 1 -  Jules and friends go to Hawaii in order to bring Travis back home.
  • EPISODE 46 – Something Good Coming – Part 2 – Part 2 of Jules and friends trying to bring Travis back home and enjoying a vacation in Hawaii.

VIDEO:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is good and with a lot of the series shot outdoors and inside with a lot of lighting, the series looks pretty good on DVD.   It’s actually a vibrant series, especially for this second season.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue is crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

  • (Still Called) Cougar Town: Season 2 – (8:32) Interview with the series creator and producers about the title cards and their dislike of the title of the series.  Also, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast.
  • Andy’s Dreams – A total of five scenes featuring the cast of “Cougar Town” in fun movie parodies as part of Andy’s dreams (Movie Mash Up, Gulfhaven Vice, The Hair Up There and Sports).  Also, featuring an introduction from Ian Gomez (who plays Andy) and also behind-the-scenes of the making of the dream sequences.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of six deleted scenes.
  • Bloopers – (2:01) Featuring outtakes from “Cougar Town”.

EXTRAS:

“Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” comes with a slip cover case.

With the first season of “Cougar Town”, it took a while for me to warm up to it, but once the series became a more ensemble series versus a series focused on 40-year-old woman dating young men, “Cougar Town” became one of my favorite comedy series.

For this second season, the series focused on Jules and her relationship with her son, her boyfriend and her friends.  But also the friendship between the cul-de-sac crew between the ladies and also the men.

With Jules and Travis, it’s about Travis going out in the real world, leaving her mother behind and getting used to the college life but at the same time, getting involved in a major relationship which seems a bit one-sided.

As for Jules and Grayson, she wants more from him (emotionally) and for Grayson, it’s more of taking things day-by-day but also showing an interest of wanting to have his own child, which at 40-years-old, it’s something that Jules definitely does not want.

And then there is the friendship dynamic which was a big part of this season and the writers actually integrating the characters much more this season over the last.  The Torres family which comprises of Ellie and Andy was absolutely hilarious.  Ellie with her blunt wisecracks, Andy being the upbeat friend to everyone and then of course, Jules ex-husband Bobby who actually is starting to grow up more as a business owner and taking on more responsibilities but yet not being portrayed too much like a redneck.

And although not part of the cul-de-sac crew but more of Jules frienemy Barbara, also makes her appearance in several episodes.

This second season also showcases a few newer characters such as Tom (played by Bob Clendenin) as the creep neighbor who wants to be part of the cul-de-sac crew and Travis’ football roommate Kevin (played by Lamarcus Tinker).

But these episodes were hilarious and fun to watch and also loved how the writers (who have grown to hate the name of the show) would mess around with the title cards when the opening theme would start playing.  If anything, “Cougar Town” has grown to become an upbeat comedy series that I just love!  And very different from any other 30-minute comedy series on television.

It’s also important to mention of the guest starring roles by Jennifer Aniston but also to see the network crossover between ABC’s “Cougar Town” and NBC’s “Community”. Typically, you see crossovers with shows from the same network but not opposing networks.  So, that was a blast to see!  (Note: If you want to see the “Cougar Town” crossover on “Community”, then definitely also check out “Community – The Complete Second Season”.)

And the writers also have done a great job with character development but also made the series quite easy for anyone who has never watched the show before, to jump in and enjoy.  It’s a pretty easy series to follow, although the latter episodes of this second season does deal with a continuing storyline that centers around Travis.

Overall, “Cougar Town” is a wonderful series which the writers have done one heck of a job from improving from the last.

If you are looking for a comedy series that is fun, hilarious and over-the-top, definitely check out “Cougar Town – The Complete Second Season” and don’t be surprised by the end of the series if you find your self yelling “Penny can!”.

Highly recommended!

No relationship between Courtney Cox and Josh Hopkins

April 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rumors continue to persist that “Cougar Town” stars Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins are dating especially with photos that showed the two together along with Cox’s daughter Coco.

But Hopkins wanted to set the record straight during an interview with Access Hollywood. Hopkins tells the TV show, “There [were] a lot of people with us, but we’re the only ones you see [in the photos]. They just frame us two, so it’s a story. It’s not true.”

“It’s not like a terrible story to have out there,”  Hopkins said. “It’s not like I’m upset about it. I mean, she’s really hot. But it’s just not true.”

Cougar Town: The Complete First Season

Cougar Town – The Complete First Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

An enjoyable, fun, adult-humored sitcom from the writer of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”.   “Cougar Town” is a fresh comedy featuring a colorful cast of characters and the more you watch it, the more the series starts to grow on you.  Definitely an entertaining series worth watching!

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TITLE: Cougar Town – The Complete First Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2009-2010

DURATION: 24 Episodes (520 minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

RATED: TV 14 DLSV

COMPANY: ABC Studios

Released Dated: August 17, 2010

Created by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence

Directed by Michael McDonald, John Putch, Gail Mancuso, Chris Koch, Bill Lawrence, Michael Spiller

Written by Kevin Biegel, Bill Lawrence, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh, Linda Videtti Figueiredo, Mary Fitzgerald, Ryan Koh, Sam Laybourne, Sanjay Shah, Mara Brock Akil, Kate Purdy, Peter Saji

Executive Producer: Courtney Cox, Bill Lawrence

Co-Executive Producer: Kevin Biegel, Linda Videtti Figueiredo

Produced by Thea Mann, Randall Winston

Co-Produced by Danny Rose, Mark J. Greenberg, Sanjay Shah

Supervising Producer: Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh

Associate Producer: Abraham Park

Consulting Producer: Mara Brock Akil

Music by Waz, Will Golden, Al Sgro

Cinematography by Andrew Rawson

Edited by John Michel, Roger Bondelli

Casting by Debby Romano, Brett Brenner, Blyth Nailing

Production Design by Cabot McMullen

Art Direction by Gary Warshaw

Set Decoration: Archie D’Amico

Costume Design by Kimberly A. Tillman

Starring:

Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb

Christa Miller as Ellie Torres

Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller

Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb

Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis

Ian Gomez as Andy Torres

Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb

Carolyn Hennesy as Barbara “Barb” Coman

Spencer Locke as Kyle

Ryan Devlin as Smith

Nick Zano as Josh

Scott Foley as Jeff

Sheryl Crow as Sara

Bob Clendenin as Tom

Golden Globe® nominee* Courteney Cox (Friends) stars in the hilarious hit comedy Cougar Town: The Complete First Season. After spending the last seventeen years as a wife and mother, recently divorced Jules (Cox) has reluctantly waded back into the dating pool and quickly finds herself in over her head. Now forty-something and single, Jules tackles real-life issues – dating, parenting and friendship. It doesn’t help Jules that her two best friends can hardly stand each other, her ex-husband is hanging around more now than he did during their marriage…and there’s that handsome divorced neighbor that Jules can’t quite get out of her head. Packed with laugh-out-loud moments and featuring a cast of television’s brightest comedic stars, Cougar Town struts its stuff in this DVD collection, along with exclusive bonus features and one or two special surprises. Cougar Town – it’s more than a place, it’s a state of mind.

In 2009, Bill Lawrence (co-creator of “Scrubs” and “Spin City”) and Kevin Biegel thought about a TV series that revolved around single people in their 40′s getting back on the dating scene and for Lawrence, said he was also inspired by his wife, actress Christa Miller (who also stars on the show “Cougar town”, “Scrubs” and “The Drew Carry Show”) and her life when she walked out of the shower, went in front of the mirror and flashed it.  By that action alone plus their ideas of featuring a 40-year-old trying to get back into the dating scene, the idea of “Cougar Town” was born.

“Cougar Town” is a sexual comedy sitcom which revolves around Jules Cobb (played by Courteney Cox, “Friends”, “Dirt”, “Scrubs”), a 40-year-old divorcee who is a single mother raising her teenage son Travis (played by Dan Byrd, “Aliens in America”, “Heroes”) and also is successfully business owner who owns her own estate business.  Having been divorced for eight months, Jules now wants to have fun and enjoy life like a single woman would.  No strings tied, no relationships, just to have fun and most of all, having some sexual freedom in her life.

But of course, she’s learning quickly that entering in the dating game (and not wanting a relationship) at age 40 is not too easy, especially if your eyes are in younger men.

Fortunately for Jules, she has a support system which includes her next door neighbor and best friend Ellie Torres (played by Christa Miller).  Ellie inspires Jules because she is married and has managed to make her marriage work.  Ellis is also a voice of reason and a friend she grew up with and since both Jules and Ellie tend to do everything together.  Ellie is married to Andy (played by Ian Gomez, “Rita Rocks”), who is a man that loves to eat, tries to be a good husband but also has lazy tendencies as well.  Together both Ellie and Andy are new parents and raising a baby and do all they can to keep their marriage happy and functioning.

When Jules is not hanging out with Ellie, she hangs out with her young, promiscuous (and not-so-smart) assistant named Laurie (played by Busy Phillips, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Made of Honor”).  Laurie is all about hooking up with men, having fun and despite not being a great assistant, Jules enjoys her company because she is part of the young single scene and hopes her assistant can take her to areas where she can meet younger men.

And because Jules has friendships with both Ellie and Laurie and both woman are quite the opposite from each other, these ladies don’t really get along but for Jules sake, they manage to hang out together for their good friend.

Meanwhile, Jules is still close with her ex-husband Bobby (played by Brian Van Holt, “John from Cincinnati”, “Threshold”) who loves to party, drink beer, play golf, and is a custodian at his son’s school and lives on a boat parked in a driveway.  Despite Bobby knowing why the reason he got divorced with his wife is because of his issues with infidelity, he does care for his ex-wife and wants to have some sort of relationship with Travis.

Another man in Jules life is a man named Grayson Ellis (played by Josh Hopkins, “Private Practice”), a 40-something bar owner, who lives across the street.  Grayson irks Jules because young women constantly come out of his home (and Jules is jealous that its easier for older men to get back into the dating game compared to herself, an older woman).  But both because of their initial rivalry, Jules wants to be friends with Grayson and encourage him to join the neighborhood activities within the neighbors living in the cul-de-sac.

Throughout the season, we get to see each of these people who are close to Jules, end up being close friends and are there for each other in times of need.

Here is a summary of each episode featured on “Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” (a total of 24 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

DVD 1:

  • EPISODE 1 – PILOT – Jules at 40 now tries to take on the dating scene.
  • EPISODE 2- Into the Great Wide Open – Jules tries to party like she’s in her twenties thanks to her friendship with Laurie and against her best friend Ellie’s advice.
  • EPISODE 3 – Don’t Do Me Like That – Jules and her new young boyfriend wait until their 10th date to have sex.  But when they do have sex… what will happen after?
  • EPISODE 4 – I Won’t Back Down – Jules tries to uncover Grayson’s weakness.
  • EPISODE 5 – You Wreck Me – Jules finds it strange that her ex-husband Bobby and Grayson become friends.
  • EPISODE 6 – A Woman in Love (It’s not Me) – Jules wants to breakup with Josh (because she’s not ready for a serious relationship) but is not sure how she can do it.
  • EPISODE 7 – Don’t Come Around Here No More – Jules goes out on a date with an older man.
  • EPISODE 8 – Two Gunslingers – Jules doesn’t know how to get her two friends (Ellie and Laurie) to get along.

DVD 2:

  • EPISODE 9 – Here Comes My Girl – It’s Thanksgiving and Travis wants to introduce everyone to his new girlfriend Kylie.
  • EPISODE 10 – Mystery Men – Jules meets Jeff, a home buyer interested in buying one of Jules expensive homes.
  • EPISODE 11 – Rhino Skin – Jules is upset that her mean dermatologist is dating her ex-husband Bobby.
  • EPISODE 12 – Scare Easy – Jules and Jeff are doing great with each other but when the relationship starts to heat up, Jules is afraid that she may be getting into a relationship.
  • EPISODE 13 – Stop Dragging My Heart Around – After her breakup, Jules goes to Bobby for support and the two end up having sex.
  • EPISODE 14 – All the Wrong Reasons – Ellie loves being around her hot tennis instructor but what happens when Jules starts to get tennis lessons as well.
  • EPISODE 15 – When a Kid Goes Bad – Travis wants to go to a party but Bobby and her are not sure if they want him to.
  • EPISODE 16 – What are you Doing in My Life? – Laurie needs a co-signer for her first condo…but who wants to help her?

DVD 3:

  • EPISODE 17 – Counting On You – Travis and Bobby spend some father and son time “noodling”.
  • EPISODE 18 – Turn This Car Around – A wine rep named Sara (played by Sheryl Crow) starts to win Grayson’s affections and Jules tries to not drink for a month.
  • EPISODE 19 – Everything Man – Grayson introduces Sara to Jules and friends.
  • EPISODE 20 – Wake Up Time – Jules is saddened by Travis’s breakup with Kylie, now Jules wants to fix things between the two.
  • EPISODE 21 – Letting You Go – Travis has been accepted to two colleges but will he choose the one 20-minutes away or the one in California?
  • EPISODE 22 – Feel a Whole Lot Better – Jules and Grayson become “FWB” (Friends with Benefits).
  • EPISODE 23 – Breakdown – It’s Travis’ big graduation day and he hopes his mother and friends don’t embarrass him.
  • EPISODE 24 – Finding Out – Jules and Grayson are officially dating but they realize that everyone knows except Bobby.  How will they break it to him?

VIDEO:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions.  For a DVD series, picture quality is good and with a lot of the series shot outdoors and inside with a lot of lighting, the series looks pretty good on DVD.  There are compression artifacts as expected from a DVD release but it’s not that bad.  So far, “Cougar Town – The Complete Series” is a good looking TV series on DVD and fans of the show should be happy with its picture quality on DVD.

It’s important to note that Amazon has a listing for a “Cougar Town” Blu-ray release and if that is the case, I can imagine that this series would look fantastic on Blu, especially since the series has a lot of outdoor scenes.  Definitely a series that has the potential to show off quite a bit of detail and vibrant colors on HD.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.  The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven.  I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue is clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Bloopers – (1:40) Bloopers from the first season of “Cougar Town”.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of 15 deleted scenes from the first season.
  • Taming Cougar Town – (4:47) Discover How Cougar Town Has Evolved From Its Initial Comedy Pilot Into Today’s More Subtly Sexy ABC Hit.  Interviews with the creators on how the series began and behind-the-scenes footage for the series.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Saber-Tooth Tiger Town – (1:59) Jimmy Kimmel talks about his spin-off on ABC’s “Cougar Town” titled “Saber-Tooth Tiger Town” featuring Cloris Leachman and Shirley Jones playing senior women going after younger men.
  • “My Sexuality” Music Video – (1:03) Featuring clips from the series to the music of “My Sexuality”.
  • Ask Barb – The Ultimate Cougar Barbara “Barb” Coman (played by Carolyn Hennesy) answers questions in regards to being a cougar.  Featuring nine two-minute segments.
  • ‘Stroking it with Bobby Cobb’ series – Featuring four one-minute segments with Bobby Cobb (played by Brian Van Holt) as he is playing golf and the various things that come out of his mouth.

EXTRAS:

“Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” comes with a slip cover case.

When I first started watching “Cougar Town”, I admit that I thought the first initial episodes turned me off.  To watch these cougars fawning over high school boys and watching Jules, a 40-year-old woman going to nightclubs where younger people frolic and then hanging out with students and playing beer pong was something I just had no interest in.  But I stuck with the series and sure enough, things got better.

As the first few episodes did focus on the “cougar” aspect of older women going after young men, the series began to be more about relationships and friendships.  The series literally became much more fun to watch and easily a series that will appeal to both men and women.  I enjoyed how the series started to include more storylines that revolve around the people closer to her.  For example, her son Travis is constantly being embarrassed by Jules and his father Bobby and friends.   But he’s a graduating teen who wants to lose his virginity and it’s interesting to see how he goes about that and also tries to take advice from his father, his neighbor Andy and Laurie.

Meanwhile, the Torres family are hilarious to watch.  Ellie and Andy have a fun relationship, especially how they plan their daily lives with each other.  May it be taking care of a child to planning their sexual nights.  But of course, as Ellie is a big support for Jules, Andy on the other hand is like the comedic character as he tries to be the confident man who knows about women in front of Travis and also becomes the follower when it comes to him hanging out with Bobby and Grayson.

Meanwhile Grayson is the guy who loves to be with younger women but suddenly finds himself interested in Jules and Bobby, the ex-husband who is loud and obnoxious but also starting to noticed the woman he lost because of his infidelity problem.

And then you have Laurie, your stereotypical blonde floozy who is just a promiscuous woman who just doesn’t care.  She just loves to have fun and there’s no stopping her.

Also, this is role that suits Courteney Cox quite well.  As she was an actress that absolutely shined on “Friends”, it’s great to see her in a sitcom that is just fun to watch and also to see her character evolve. It’s quite hilarious and you just have to love the hand “guns” and her “bing” chest bumps.  And as I enjoyed watching Courteney Cox, it was also great to see Christa Miller (who I absolutely enjoyed on “The Drew Carey Show” and “Scrubs”) in the supportive role as Jules best friend.  Both Cox and Miller have great chemistry (as best friends) and to see both sitcom veterans together on one show is pretty awesome!

Another element that I enjoyed with “Cougar Town” is the guest appearances.  It was cool to see Sheryl Crow play the wine client Sara who starts dating Grayson and also to see “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow playing the mean doctor and dating Jules ex-husband Bobby.  And now, hopefully we will see an appearance by another “Friends” alum on the show… Jennifer Aniston anyone?  Or even one of the male “Friends” characters.

Overall, “Cougar Town” is a series with a colorful cast and I found myself enjoying the episodes more when they focused on everyone as a collective rather than always focusing on Jules.  And the fact that you have series creator and writer Bill Lawrence involved in the series, you do get that “Scrubs” adult humor type of feel when watching “Cougar Town”.  Also, I liked how the series is contained within 30-minute episodes, it’s easier to follow and much more easier to take in.

The DVD release for “Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” is definitely enjoyable DVD release and you get all 24-episodes and a good number of special features.  So, fans of the series should not be disappointed.

I admit that “Cougar Town” was much better than I expected and it’s a comedy series that definitely caught my attention and will more than likely star watching it when the second season comes back on air.  For now, if you are curious about this series or are looking for a fun and hilarious adult-humored series on DVD, definitely give “Cougar Town – The Complete First Season” a try!

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