This has been a jam-packed weekend and it all started on Friday night, when I attended the San Francisco Cougar Town cocktail party.
After Cougar Town got left off the ABC mid-season schedule, creator Bill Lawrence decided to take publicity matters into his own hands (as far as I can tell). He decided to throw viewing parties in various cities around the country, in part to reward loyal fans with new episodes and celebrity contact and in part to just continue to keep the show’s name out there. Bill paid the bar tab, provided the cast and three episodes for our entertainment at Pete’s Tavern in San Francisco.I met up with a friend and her friends at the bar’s downstairs meeting room. We were lucky to share a table with some super fans who had just gotten back from LA’s party on the Culver City set. Busy Philipps was our cast guest, but as we had all been following on Twitter, her flight had been delayed and delayed and delayed due to the terrible weather we were having. Blake McCormick, a writer for Cougar Town courageously led the party for most of the night with good humor and requisite adorkableness. Apparently, the writer at the party usually just introduces the cast member who then hosts the party. But with Busy being delayed, he had to host us for close to three hours. There were trivia questions to win t-shirts (I was the only one who didn’t win one at our table) and of course, games of Penny Can.
Blake showed us the “sizzle reel,” which had a few spoilers in it and then we got to watch full episodes. We watched the season premiere, which was fantastic, and reminded just how much I miss this show. It ended with an “aww!” and definitely got me excited for the premiere on Valentine’s Day. We also watched the fifth episode, before we gave Blake a break and hit the bar again. Bill Lawrence was nice enough to double (and I think, double again) the bar tab to make up for Busy’s plane delay-ness.
Busy finally came in about 10p and we watched a third episode (apparently, most of the parties only wanted to watch two – so weird!). Busy did some live commentary for us and then answered questions afterward. She dished on the Golden Globes and all the shows she’s worked on before now. Then she gave away “shit from my purse” for correct answers to trivia questions. She was so apologetic and sweet about being late, even though it was totally not her fault. Around 11p, the party “ended” and everyone got up to take pictures with Busy. It took about an hour for my little group to get to the front of the line, since Busy was being very sweet, chatting with everyone and taking multiple photos, if one didn’t come out perfectly. She also signed my planner (the only paper I had with me), which was super sweet.
It was such a great idea and I’m so thankful to Bill and Christa for paying for the whole thing, as well as Blake and Busy for giving their time to hang out with us. If I wasn’t pumped before, I’m totally psyched for the season three premiere of Cougar Town on February 14th at 8:30p on ABC. Watch it!