Cougar Town Exclusive: Ellie's Mother Is...

Expect some finger guns shooting harsh truths during Season 3 of Cougar Town. TVLine has learned that The Towering Inferno‘s Susan Blakely (who most recently played Ben McKenzie’s mom on Southland) has been cast as Claire, the mother of Christa Miller’s cantankerous Ellie — and first impressions will apparently be deceiving.

According to a Cougar Town insider, “upscale, attractive, patrician” Claire will initially charm the cul-de-sac crew — despite Ellie’s warnings that little Stan’s grandma is a “horrible person.” But it won’t take long for Ellie’s friends to realize she’s in fact not exaggerating.

ABC has yet to schedule a return date for Cougar Town, but there’s buzz it could return as early as November.

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