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Exclusive: Courteney Cox and David Arquette Developing Ensemble Friends-Esque Comedy

In what is sure to be one of pilot season’s hottest properties, Courteney Cox and David Arquette are developing a comedy series that sounds a lot like Friends: The Next Generation.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the estranged but cordial marrieds will soon start pitching to the networks an ensemble sitcom that “explores the ups and downs of relationships across a group of friends, spanning 10 years.”

The project, tentatively (and aptly) titled 10 Years, is being produced through the couple’s ABC Studios-based Coquette Productions, which likely means ABC would get first dibs on it.

While Cox would only be involved in a behind-the-scenes capacity (she’s on a little show called Cougar Town, ‘memba?), it’s possible Arquette could serve as a producer and play one of the roles. There’s buzz two of the characters on the potential series are loosely inspired by Cox and Arquette, whose amicable split and joint child-rearing arrangement would provide fertile ground for storylines.

An ABC Studios rep declined to comment.

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26 Comments
  1. Ally says:

    I am beyond thrilled! these two are always very creative!!!!

  2. jana says:

    Cougar Town is not a “little” show, it’s a GREAT show, so underrated!
    Plus, they don’t split, just separate not definitively

    I think they manage it well and if unfortunately it ends by divorce, I know they remain worthy and friends. Many should take a lesson from them in hollywood

    It’s a great project, can’t wait!

    • lipsticksocialism says:

      Aus was just using some sarcasm; he loves the show.

      I’m thrilled they’re cooperating so well. The show sounds something we need back on our TVs :)

    • Miffy says:

      I know the author was being sarcastic, but Cougar Town is a little show, when you look at the ratings. Also a little show when you look at the laugh quotient. I wish the terribly unfunny Courteney Cox would spend her time trying to make her own show less unfunny, rather than hatch plans to foist more unfunny shows on the unsuspecting public.

  3. ABBE says:

    Seeing as how Cougar Town is never on…. you never know

  4. Michael says:

    Coquette has made some pretty great shows. I’ll be waiting for this!!! (Man, comedies are really hot stuff this season, or rather next season.)

  5. Adam says:

    So are they starting it out with the intention of it lasting 10 seasons? Or is it going to be based on flashbacks/forwards? Sounds intriguing enough though.

  6. deedeedragons says:

    I’m glad they’re still doing things together means more of a chance for Scream 5!

  7. Ryan says:

    Wait… I thought Cougar Town was the new Friends?

  8. Wendy says:

    What a bad photo. She started out resembling Demi, but that shot makes her look like Ann Margaret.

    • satirex says:

      Yeah, she’s turning into a big puddle of Botox. I hope the new show doesn’t have such a high proportion of irritating to likable friends. No Chandlers or Rosses this time. And make them believable as friends.

    • Erica says:

      Terrible head shot of her. She’s actually quite attractive with amazing eyes. That shot with all the makeup looks like a cross betwenn Mortica and Ann Margaret frozen faced!

  9. irene says:

    I’m beyond THRILLED!!!

  10. chris says:

    Cougar Town is a terrible awful show that loses half of Modern Familys audience regularly. It should be canned.

  11. Chanandaler Bong says:

    Maybe all the character names will be nicknames or aliases for the Friends characters. Could that be any funnier?

  12. matt says:

    Cougar Town is hilarious!

  13. Ed says:

    I’m not a fan of CT but can see why ABC has faith in Cox. I don’t think CT was given a spot in the fall lineup (maybe back mid season?) but sounds like it’s on notice. Cox is smart to keep her options open in front of and behind the camera. I think all the former Friends crew is held to a higher standard because of the wild success of that show.

    • melanie says:

      Matt Leblanc is doing great with Episodes, Kudrow is ok as well on web therapy but i doubt that show will be renewed… CT is what it is 3rd season is not bad after all for a show with such an idiotic name… too bad Matt Perry was being a diva and refused to please the fans and apears for eps as Jules Boyfriend lol…

      If only he could apear as a patient on Kudrow’s Web Therapy

  14. Brigette says:

    Interesting.

  15. remmez says:

    She’s just not funny.. and that ex of hers is even less funny. Cougar town was not really funny..as a matter of fact.. it sucked. I do not believe for one second these awfully unfunny people should get near anything or any sort of comedy.. Monica Gellar was bad enough.. Let’s leave it at that. And what’s up with the botox .. OMG she looks like Shreck

  16. melanie says:

    this show will fail because it is already compared to Freinds, will come looking for Chandler, Phoebe, Monica, Joey etc… Mon,dler and Rochel

  17. Free says:

    OPEN LETTER TO COURTENEY COX,
    I adore you, please leave your face alone. You’re beautiful. Your eyes are the perfect blue, your smile and hair are to die for. You are gorgeous. Ok, now, FREE IDEA FOR CC AND DA: Courteney & David, please make a show based on your appreciation of interior design..High End, Sunset Plaza-y, Vincent Gallo could play a faboo designer – David could play a cute single Laurel Canyon writer dad…xoxox F.

  18. Annie says:

    I think they should try to save their marriage. They obviously have great feelings, respect and admiration for each other, and David has done a lot of growing up lately. I don’t like this “girlfriend” issue. I hope they read this message.

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