Courtney Cox Spills The Dirt On Season 2

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TakeFiveGal Gets All The Scoop From Courtney Cox On Season 2 Of Dirt. 

Season 2 of Dirt kicks off Sunday March, 2nd on FX 10PM ET/PT.
TakeFiveGal :   My question touches on relationships, and I like that you mentioned the Lucy and Don relationship and how great it is, and I’m a fan of Lucy and Holt as a romantic relationship.  Do you think that they ever will have some kind of healthy relationship, and is Lucy able to have a healthy relationship?

C. Cox : That’s definitely something that we were going to explore, and we did.  I like Holt and Lucy too.  I think it’s really interesting.  Two kind of lost souls trying to make it, and the way they come together.  I think that’s kind of what we were going to explore and we started to.  And we’ve continued to explore it in season three, if we get picked up.  So she definitely has her fears and intimacy issues, as many of us do, but I don’t know, I like that you like that and I think we’re going to explore it more.

This season feels a little bit more ripped from the headlines, and we were just curious to know if that was something of a conscious choice, just following the past year of what’s gone on, or if it was just accidental?  

C. Cox: No, it’s absolutely a choice.  We thought that would be a good way to just start the season, and it is absolutely ripped from the headlines.  We usually do a hybrid of celebrities and then add to the story like maybe what happened to cause this to happen to them or sum it up in a different way just for fun.  But yes, it’s definitely relatable this year and I think it makes for just a more exciting television show.

Are there any other celebrities, because right now we have some story lines that are a little bit a la Nicole and Paris and David Hasselhoff, are there any other celebrities that we can expect to see something from?  Any little tidbits you can give us on that?

C. Cox: Well, there is definitely going to be, in almost every episode you’ll see something that you will recognize, and that’s kind of hopefully the fun of it that you’ll be able to guess who this person we might be talking about, even though it’s not really about them.  It could be about, like I said before, just a couple of people or a couple of situations.  But yes, every episode there is that relatable. 

Have any of the celebrities that have been touched upon contacted you guys?
C. Cox: No, I don’t think they’ve seen them yet.  We air March 2 and we’ll see.  I think there’s a fine line that the producers, even me as a producer, will take.  We don’t ever intend to hurt anyone.  And as a matter of fact sometimes we make the characters sympathetic just by showing our creative version of what their life must be like or how they got to the place where they did something outrageous.  It’s all in fun.  It’s much lighter this year and it’s funnier, and I don’t think anyone’s going to get upset.  And if they do, that I guess, it wasn’t intentional. 

How do you kind of keep the show grounded and not go too far and not make the characters too out there?  Do you find that difficult as you go into season two?

C. Cox:    Well you know you would think that that would be a problem, but really if you just look at any magazine or follow any celebrity that people are fascinated with, they seem to do the outrageous things on their own.  We’ll come up with something that we think “okay, now what’s really shocking,” because we want to make good television.  So obviously we want to shock people.  But then, lo and behold, it ends up happening or something.  Life is outrageous enough.  I don’t think that we have to worry about making anything seem crazy, because through time if you look at all the tabloids from the last whatever many years it pretty much speaks for itself. 

And do you find that true even for your character, that you don’t have to worry about keeping her grounded because that's just the world she’s in is out there?

C. Cox: Yes, I think that the world of magazines, and I think it’s so competitive that you do have to go to great lengths to get the exclusive story or the perfect picture.  It’s just so competitive.  So I think that that’s what great about this show and the subject matter, because there are no limits.  You could go anywhere and it wouldn’t be—yes, last year we did some things, which I really loved, where Don Konkey, he cut off his finger to get a story, but that’s because he really was loyal to Lucy.  He’s also a schizophrenic and wasn’t on medication.  I want to be as kind of outrageous but within the realm of reality as possible, and so far it hasn’t proven to be something that’s hard to come up with.

Last year was great when you had Jennifer Aniston on, that was a lot of fun for people.  I didn’t know if there are any other guest stars you’re planning on or you can tell us about or hopes you have to?

C. Cox: We have great guest stars this year.  We don’t have any cast members of Friends, but we do have, Tom Arnold was on and Rosanna Arquette, my sister-in-law, and Vicki Lewis and Sharon Lawrence and Richard Karn, all just really great actors.  And we have recurring role characters and new characters on the show that work in the office.  I think it’s been a great season for just really good actors being on the show.