Friends Reunion Not A Ratings Win
Friends Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox-Arquette reunited for therapy sessions on Cougar Town last night. Aniston nabbed some laughs, but that didn't amount to good ratings for the Cougar Town premiere.
Though it was a reunion, there were no signs of their former alter egos Rachel Green and Monica Geller. Cox's Jules is a completely different brand of neurotic than Monica was, while Aniston seemed to be playing off an LA stereotype as feel-good therapist Glen, a calm, granola eating, incense burner who is actually wacko and angry on the inside.
Aniston's Glen did some deep breathing, cleansed the air with sage and tried to play it cool as she dealt with high-maintenance Jules, but it was all an act. And the son she kept using as an example who was set to have his first communion turned out to be her dog.
In spite of all the deep breathing and the uber-hyped reunion, however, the Cougar Town premiere only lured in 8.4 million viewers. That was a big drop from its lead-in, Modern Family, which banked 12.6 million viewers to be Wednesday night's big winner.
Aniston may still sell magazine covers, but as SheKnows has noted before, that hasn't equaled box office draw for movies like The Switch and now, it seems, it didn't do much for her TV stint either.
While SheKnows enjoyed the gig, we should mention that much of the funny was previewed around the net, killing some of the magic.
In addition, several outlets are panning the Aniston-Cox reunion all together, saying it fell flat. Some felt the Friends alums lacked chemistry and Aniston just couldn't pull off the hippy persona.
One thing that definitely was a hit, however, was the episode's Movie Mash-up game! If you missed it, the cast members picked two movie titles that share a word, mashed the stories together and then described it.
For example: Killer whale gives out golden tickets to see who gets his candy company equals Free Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Can you come up with a mash-up?