ABC execs and “Cougar Town” exec producer Bill Lawrence have speculated for some time that the sitcom’s title is keeping some viewers (particularly guys) from tuning in. As the show morphed away from its original focus on the love life Courteney Cox’s character and into more of an ensemble, the drumbeat to change the show’s title has grown louder.
Such a move is not unheard of, after all. “These Friends of Mine” became “Ellen,” and “It’s a Living” became “Making a Living” (and then “It’s a Living” again). “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” became “Two Guys and a Girl.” And in one of the more famous cases, “Valerie” became “Valerie’s Family” and then “The Hogan Family” after original star Valerie Harper left in a contract dispute.
“Cougar Town” is a catchy name and easily remembered — so I’m not sure they’d want to give it up so fast. Besides, titles don’t always have to be so literal anyway. The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes jumps into the issue and is conducting a tongue-in-cheek poll for potential replacement names. Here’s how things stood yesterday: