The Cougar is TV Land's first foray into original primetime programming -- though it hardly seems "original." Best known for rerunning classic television shows and endless marathons of boring reality fare, the network has invented a new section for itself, "TV Land Prime." Here you'll find The Cougar, which is, in form, content, and production, merely a re-tread of ABC's The Bachelor/ette series.
In fact, Anderson lives amongst a group of 20something guys at the exact same mansion set where The Bachelor/ette is taped.
At one point, the guys are filmed from above, vying for Stacey's attention as she sits on a lounge chair poolside.
Stacy is lost in this shot, which is reduced to a circle of guys jostling each other for her attention, the tableaux looking creepily like the gang-bang set up from some cheap porn flick.
Such visuals complicate The Cougar's insistent claim that it is empowering women by breaking taboos and double standards about intergenerational dating.
At the end of the series premiere, Stacey has to whittle down the group of 20 guys to 15. In this, The Cougar is not only oogy and repetitive, but also as behind the curve as TV Land's usual rerun fare.I guess the preening repertoire of the 20something straight guy is limited at best.When he feels like he's not getting enough attention, for instance, J. strips down to his skivvies (or is it a Speedo that he's "conveniently" worn under his street clothes?"I'm Vivica Fox, and I am not your cougar." With these words, self-professed cougar Vivica A.Fox wisely distances herself from the contestants on TV Land's The Cougar.The cougar can frequently be seen in a padded bra, cleavage exposed, propped up against a swanky bar in San Francisco (or other cities) waiting, watching, calculating; gearing up to sink her claws into an innocent young and strapping buck who happens to cross her path.”Twenty single men will compete to win the affections of this woman who’s twice their age.