Cougar Town may be about to disappear from TV schedules for two months, but no need to start binge drinking merlot just yet. Days after ABC renewed the comedy for a third season, the stars and executive producers welcomed reporters to its Los Angeles set to preview what's coming up next for the cul-de-sac crew. In between gazing at Big Carl and revealing which star is the best at Penny Can (Ian Gomez says Josh Hopkins is the one to beat), the cast and crew discussed Jules and Grayson's next big obstacle, Bobby's love life and the cliff-hanger ahead for Travis and Kirsten.
A (Baby) Speed Bump Is on the Way for Jules and Grayson: Now that Grayson (Hopkins) was finally able to man up and tell Jules (Courteney Cox) he loves her, there are only clear skies ahead for one of the cul-de-sac's cutest couples, right? Wrong! "The tension, at some point, is going to come from the fact that Grayson wants kids and Jules doesn't," Hopkins tells TVGuide.com. "That's where it's headed."
Will We Get to Meet Andy's Lesbian Sister?: Following guest spots by Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Ken Jenkins, Cougar Town's friends and family policy is next hoping to include Gomez's wife, My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos. Lawrence hopes to get her on the show before the end of the year, but who will she play? "She's probably going to try to be one of the guy's love interests. I'm hoping that she's my lesbian sister or something like that," Gomez jokes. "I'm not trying to pitch any ideas because I trust that they're going to come up with something great."
Bobby Is Playing the Field (in More Ways Than One): Season 2 has been a big growing year for Bobby, who saw his only son head off to college and is now determined to return to golf professionally. "I'm happy that [co-creators and executive producers] Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel decided to have Bobby evolve more and have a little bit more success rather than screwing up constantly and being the lovable loser," Brian Van Holt says. This new maturity also pushes Bobby to re-enter the dating scene with the inevitable successes and failures along the way. "He has a difficult time holding down a girlfriend," he says with a laugh.
Is There Trouble in Paradise for Travis?: The writers plan to embrace the hiatus with a small cliff-hanger involving Travis (Dan Byrd) and his girlfriend, Kirsten (Collette Wolfe) "It's a situation that closely resembles maybe what Jules' past was — although it doesn't mirror it," Biegel says."Young love is a big part of it. Jules dealing with that kind of takes us through the end of the year."
More Penny Can Is Coming!: Fans clamoring for more Penny Can, you're not alone. The gang's favorite game — both on-screen and off- according to the cast themselves — will be soon available for purchase Biegel promises, adding that an upcoming episode will center on the game, "There's a big story coming with Penny Can where Bobby tries to sell Penny Can and becomes a baron and makes money and it's shockingly successful."
Cougar Town airs Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
(Additional reporting by Hanh Nguyen)