“Cougar Town” — First impressions

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Pros:

Cons:

The cons on this ABC sitcom are too numerous to mention.

I didn't buy the premise, the characters, the setting, the jokes, the casting. None of it worked for me. I'm surprised at how much I didn't like it, because the creative auspices are strong. But watching the "Cougar Town" pilot felt like a long 23 minutes.

I particularly disliked the perf by Busy Philipps as the dopey, slutty co-worker of Courteney Cox's recently-divorced-mom character. Josh Hopkins, who was so good in "Swingtown," and Brian Van Holt, who's adorable and roguishly charming, are simply wasted.

The one thesp who wasn't half-bad was Christa Miller as the married next door neighbor of Cox's hapless Elie.

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