David Arquette called into Howard Stern today for an exclusive interview about why he separated from Courtney Cox. It was an honest and candid interview, which is surprising because most celebrities usually just say, “we grew apart.” Arquette said that things began to unravel while they filmed Scream 4. Courtney bought David Arquette a motorcycle for their anniversary and told him that she “doesn’t want to be his mother anymore,” which basically meant that she was tired of nagging him about being more mature. David interpreted that as a license to party, and it didn’t help their marriage. Stern asked Arquette if he thought she had an affair with her Cougar Town co-star, Brian Van Holt, and Arquette said that, if anything, it was an “emotional affair,” because Van Holt is more verbal than Arquette, and Cox wanted someone she could have “deep conversations” with. He also admitted to having slept with Jasmine Waltz “once or maybe twice,” and implied that Waltz tipped off the tabloids about having slept with him. He insisted that he was already separated when he slept with her, and that it was Courtney’s idea to sleep with other people. Stern suggested that Courtney allowed that because she wanted to sleep with Van Holt, and Arquette shrugged it off. Arquette admitted that he constantly calls Courtney asking her to get back together, but he ultimately wants her to find someone to make her happy, and if he’s not that person, then so be it. And there you have it. I love David Arquette, and after hearing the interview, I’m sad for him. Click the link below to hear a portion of it.
David Arquette Interview With Stern
When I first heard about the idea of changing the name of Courtney Cox’s show, Cougar Town, I thought: what genius is behind this nonsense? You don’t change a show’s name after it’s already made its way on the air, and you certainly don’t change it if it’s successful. The main motive for the change is that Cougar Town transitioned from being a star-centered show, to more of an ensemble cast. Plus, the word “cougar” has surpassed its fifteen minutes of fame and it’s now an excessively off-putting term. Cougar Town producer, Bill Lawrence, discussed his desire for the name change in a pretty enlightening interview about how pitch meetings work. The chief problem in the Hollywood of today, is that the people you pitch your show to are usually a bunch of half-wit neanderthals that couldn’t predict the success of a show with even a crystal ball in-hand (we’ve all heard the stories about how everyone and their mother passed on Marc Cherry’s ‘Desperate Housewives). Lawrence gave a great example of this in his interview. Picture this: you walk into your pitch meeting and say that you would like to make a show about a bunch of guys that work in a bar. You would be kicked out of that meeting within 5 seconds – and Cheers never would have made it on the air. So when the word “cougar” was becoming part of our everyday comedic vernacular, it seemed like the best way to pitch the show. ABC jumped on it – and now they’re stuck. While I agree that the title creates issues, I still maintain my original point: what’s done is done. So I’m happy that it looks like Courtney will remain a cougar for the life of the series.