The Los Angeles Times said Sunday that "Cougar" features Cox, 45, as a divorced mother attempting to find love in Florida, a far cry from her role as a cynical tabloid editor in the defunct FX series "Dirt."
"I hope this show is a huge hit and that people love it. Because I like playing this character more than any character I've ever played," Cox said of her character Jules in "Cougar," which is set to premiere on ABC on Sept. 23.
Bill Lawrence, who created "Cougar" with Kevin Biegel, said he designed the "Cougar" character around Cox's real-life personality.
"I wanted her to be like Courteney. If you talk to Courteney when she's off-guard, or when she's being herself, she's incredibly frank, she's incredibly brassy," he told the Times. "Very opinionated, very self-deprecating. But at heart she's still a goofball."