Exclusive: Cougar Town Is Recasting [Spoiler]!

When Cougar Town kicks off its third season, an integral member of the Cul-de-sac Crew will — gasp! — be portrayed by another actor. So, which face will look a whole lot different come premiere time?

Why, it’s Baby Stan, of course! TVLine has learned exclusively that the Powers That Be over on C-Town are looking for a new, older set of twins — somewhere in the range of three to four years old — to assume the role of Andy and Ellie’s rarely-seen offspring.

“We decided to age Stan and make him somewhat of a real character because, well, the people on the show never go to work and Ellie and Andy never seem to acknowledge him,” executive producer Kevin Biegel tells TVLine with a laugh. “We figured it was probably time to give them a little real-life responsibility. Mind you, he’s only going to be around three years old now, so he’s not suddenly 12 or something.”

And don’t worry, winos: The addition of a slightly older tot won’t change the Cougar Town you’ve grown to love. Biegel reassures viewers, “People will still drink on the show…a lot. There just may be a little three-year-old p—k-of-a-kid running around them every once in awhile. We promise, it won’t be cutesy or lame — we’re not going to ‘Cousin Oliver’ it.

“Also, we hear kids are super easy to work with,” he deadpans.

Cougar Town isn’t the only ABC sitcom aging one of its babes this season: As TVLine revealed, Modern Family has recast the scene-stealing toddler playing Cam and Mitchell’s adoptive daughter Lily in favor of — you guessed it — a four-year-old kiddie.

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  1. Kristine says:

    Wow. That was beyond lame. You should be embarrassed to even call this a scoop.

  2. mike says:

    what’s going on with the name change?

  3. BJohnson says:

    Actually, they do acknowledge him. Did they have the episode where Jules bet that she could take care of him? Since the show was called Cougartown, I didn’t expect the baby to be front and center. Love the show!

  4. Michael Sacal says:

    What the hell is a Cousin Oliver? (actually I do know, I just bring it up to mock the ease with which people make references to what have become obscure factoids of REALLY old TV shows that most people today would have no clue about).

    • lauren says:

      I’m confused, so are you belittling people whose TV knowledge base reaches further back than Heroes? If so, you’re probably mocking a bulk of the people who come to s TV-heavy site such as this.

    • Ace says:

      Even people who weren’t watching TV in the 70s and 80s (because they weren’t born) can be aware of television archetypes. I’m in my mid/late twenties, but I still know what “jump the shark,” “Cousin Oliver,” and “the Moonlighting Curse” refer to. I assume that most of my generation — or at least those of us who hang around sites like these — does, too.

  5. scooterbeanbag says:

    I think it would have been funnier if they did age the kid to 12.

  6. TS says:

    I was kinda hoping Christa Miller was graciously leaving the show because she doesn’t know how to play a negative character in a winning way. Miserable bitch Ellie dampens an otherwise good sitcom.

    I hope the writers (and Miller) figure out a way to make her character more silly and less smug.

    • B says:

      Wow someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Ellie may be a bitch most of the time but she’s actually usually the only practical one. Plus she’s needed to round out the different personalities in the group. Ellie’s smugness is hilarious

      • Amber says:

        I agree, B, she and Andy are my favorite couple on the show, as she and John C. McGinley were also my favorite couple on Scrubs. She does that personality so well and so funny. She is the character I can best relate to.

  7. abc123 says:

    I get why Modern Family did it, but Cougar Town features baby Stan so infrequently that this really wasn’t necessary. As for the name change, it’s not a good idea. The show is already being pushed to mid-season (or late-late fall) and it will air in a different time slot. The name change will just confuse the potential audience further.

  8. Sourabh says:

    I knew you were going to pull something like this.

  9. Jo says:

    The title of this article scared the crap out of me. But while reading it, I was pretty happy that it wasn’t one of the major players.

    As for changing its name….THEY’D BETTER NOT! It wouldn’t make any sense to do so. Cougar Town has its loyal followers who love the show regardless of what its called. Personally, I think that it goes with the concept of what the show has become. Maybe its not about older women catching the attention of younger boys. Maybe its about a tight knit crew that would do just about anything for one another without question. Maybe Cougars are like that in their natural habitat….who knows.

  10. TV Gord says:

    They should cast the girls who played Lily to play the boy on Cougar Town. If any show can carry that off, it’s THAT one!

  11. Babygate says:

    Soooo not funny! I thought it was one of the principals and my heart dropped! Each one of them is irreplaceable. But a new baby Stan is fine by me…

  12. Amber says:

    You guys had me scared for a minute. Uncool!

    I’m curious about the word you felt the need to censor in the article, p—k. Was it “punk”? Why would you feel like you had to censor the word “punk”? Is it offensive to people?

  13. Miffy says:

    Nobody watches this ridiculous piece of crap. Just like Scrubs. It’s unfunny.

    • anna says:

      that makes sense. it got to season three because absolutely no one watches it. same with scrubs. that had a long run because it was so terrible.

  14. Miranda says:

    You scared for a second, I thought one of the main actors was leaving and I was going to like the show a whole heckuva lot less for it.

  15. Josh says:

    Anyone remember Baby Jack from Scrubs? When he got older he had some great lines, so I’m sure this kid will be great.

  16. melanie says:

    traffic traffic traffic huh? this is isn’t news worthy!!!

  17. Daniel A says:

    I’m proud to be one of the people that think this show has not been given its just desserts. Why ABC has failed to see that this program belongs between “The Middle” and “Modern Family” is beyond comprehention.

    And I truly would not mind seeing “Happy Endings” in the 9:30 slot. Sure, critics call it a “friends” rip-off, but it is funny, and the cast is dynamic.