Cougar Town Gets A New Neighbor

There's a new man in Cougar Town, and his name is Tom. Here's what we know about him: He wears striped polo shirts and waters his lawn during the day. He has a very small chin, very bony shoulders, and a very obvious crush on Jules (Courteney Cox). In other words, Tom is the anti-Grayson (Josh Hopkins). In fact, Tom serves only two functions: To provide comic relief (which seems odd, because Cougar Town is a comedy) and to bring out Grayson's jealous side. Yes, he does have one.

I hope this Tom fellow sticks around for awhile because, frankly, I was getting sick of everyone on this show being so ridiculously attractive. I'm not saying Tom is ugly. I'm just saying he looks normal, which is comforting on a show starring Cox, Hopkins, and Brian Van Holt. Tom also has the potential to steal the "token goofball" role from Andy (Ian Gomez), who would then be freer to pursue jokes that are funny, rather than jokes that are merely self-deprecating. But the best part about Tom is that Grayson, for whatever reason, sees Tom as a threat. Jealous Grayson yields protective Grayson, and this new side of Grayson is simply delightful to watch as he passive-aggressively pines for Jules.

Grayson might be the best character on this show. His humor is subtle and dry, unlike the smack-in-the-face sarcasm of Ellie (Christa Miller-Lawrence) or the idiotic mumblings of Bobby (Van Holt). And his serious side is mostly mysterious, revealed in tiny increments over the course of this first season. Josh Hopkins has done a brilliant job of transforming Grayson from an irritating bachelor to a caring neighbor, while still retaining his biting wit and his URST with Jules. And now that Tom's around, we'll only have more reasons to fall for him. If only Jules would, too. After all, he looks great in a Snuggie.


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Ditto comment on Josh Hopkins 'Grayson" !! He has evolved into a pretty decent guy and yes very,very funny...JH is doing a great job with the facial expressions and so natural. The moments wth Tom was hilarious. Also really like how BL is developing the Jules /Grayson dynamic ..very subtle and quite believable. Rock on CougarTown!
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The lineup on Wednesday nights is one of the best they have ever had, especially The Middle and Cougar

Town; although Modern Family is really funny, also...

Glad Ugly Betty (and it really had become ugly and

irritating) is finally being ditched. ABC is certainly back with a bang!!
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This show slowly grew on me. It's hilarious! I just hope they don't go this road of "will they or won't they" between jules and grayson. Because we all know once they "will they" the show is over. I know Bill Lawrence is better than that!
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Oh yeah, and how can you say that everyone is so ridiculously attractive? I wouldn't say Andy is attractive and Bobby and the son aren't that attractive to me either. Maybe that's because I think Grayson is gorgeous and everyone else doesn't compare, I don't know :)
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I really love the show. I've been a fan of Josh Hopkins since many years and I'm really glad to see him on this show.
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Lol. yeah...that boot down the fireplace thing was so awesome! And you heard him on the roof first too! My favorite bits of this show are when Grayson and Ellie battle it out.
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this show has gotten pretty dumb. The only ABC show i watch is the middle that's pretty good and ugly betty. They really should have kept Sam who. That show was 100 times better then Cougar town and that modern family. Even what about Brian was better.
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not a fan of this show, sorry...
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