In an unusual spectacle of stunt casting, Courteney Cox and her co-stars on the third-season ABC comedy ['Cougar Town'] will pop up in background roles on more than a dozen shows across several networks before its season premiere early next year.
Ian Gomez [kicked] things off as a doctor on 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by Cox and Christa Miller as a lesbian couple at a fertility clinic on 'Private Practice'.
Almost all the roles are designed to be uncredited, non-speaking appearances for a cast that also includes Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Busy Philipps and Brian Van Holt. To date, 13 shows are on board, says Lawrence, who hopes eventually to have more than 20. Series include:
•ABC: 'Body of Proof', 'Castle', 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Man Up!' and 'The Middle'
•CBS: 'How I Met Your Mother'
•Nick Jr.: 'Yo Gabba Gabba!'
NBC's 'Parenthood' and CBS' '2 Broke Girls' are also likely.
In return, 'Cougar Town's writers and actors, some of whom have thousands of Twitter followers, will tweet to promote their appearances.
AOLTV reported the story and then bleeped it up with their own observation:
This isn't the first time 'Cougar Town' stars have done crossovers. Last season, series stars Dan Byrd and Busy Phillips appeared as background characters on 'Community,' a nod to the NBC show's running story about Danny Pudi's characters' love of the series. Pudi himself also appeared in an episode of 'Cougar Town.'
These new appearances by the cast of 'Cougar Town' will NOT be crossovers (for the most part). These are actors appearing on other shows as different characters. With 'Dancing With The Stars', Courtney Cox wasn't even a character - she appeared as herself in support of her husband David Arquette.
There's always the pozz'bility that some of these appearances, if they remain nameless and perhaps without dialogue, could be considered to be their characters from down in TV-Florida. But we'll just have to wait and see if these roles can support that hypothi- hypotha- can support that splainin.
As for those appearances between 'Cougar Town' and 'Community', I've written about that already.
My thanks to my "Little Buddy" Sean for suggesting this topic.....