TV Bites: Kudrow and Cox Reunite As Bitter Frenemies
· Little love will have been lost when Lisa Kudrow reunites with her Friends colleague Courteney Cox in Cougar Town January 6. The show's creator Bill Lawrence has revealed that Kudrow "plays a dermatologist who is a horrible, horrible person, but [Cox] goes to her because she's the best. The [sight] of them playing people who dislike each other intensely was very funny." Lawrence credits Cox and Kudrow for the idea. But maybe the real credit goes to Brad Pitt, who explored the same concept when he guest-starred on Friends as the bitter former classmate of Rachel Green, played by his then wife, Jennifer Aniston. [EW]
Kevin Connolly tries sketch comedy, George Clooney's dream 6'5 Caucasian man with a dash of Chickasaw is realized, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Only one person in Hollywood has the comedy background and vision to completely reinvent the televised sketch comedy format, and that person is -- Entourage's Kevin Connolly. At least that is what Fox says he is doing with the new pilot, Inside Jokes, which will feature much "shorter and quicker-hitting skits than a traditional sketch." The pilot, which is being shot this week, was the brainchild of playright/acting coach Ted Brunetti, who brought on Connolly. Inside Jokes will mark Fox's first venture into sketch comedy following MADtv's finale last year. [Hollywood Reporter]
· Sons of Anarchy, which will go down in FX history books as the first cable show to beat The Jay Leno Show in the ratings, has been picked up for a third season. Creator Kurt Sutter has signed a two-year extension to continue executive producing, writing for the show and posting angry blog screeds directed at rival networks. [Variety]
· Please welcome TV host and former prosecutor Nancy Grace to the daytime TV landscape. Her new series Swift Justice With Nancy Grace will air on CBS in fall 2010, begging the question, who will play her on Saturday Night Live. The smart money is on Abby Elliott. [Reuters]
· Your favorite George Clooney-produced pilot about a Memphis police officer who gyrates his hips at night to "Love Me Tender" has wrangled a few more stars. Celia Weston will play the mother to Jason Lee's Dwight. DJ Qualls will fill the role of a cop and Dwight's protege, while the second juiciest Delta Blues role goes to Abraham Benrubi, who will play "a 6-foot-5 Caucasian man with a braided ponytail who is only one-eighth Chickasaw but lives by his tribe's wisdom and dispenses sage quotations to the rest of the Memphis detectives." [Hollywood Reporter]