Yesterday, I ran a long interview with "Cougar Town" producer Bill Lawrence about the many ways the show has gotten better by reinventing itself as a low-fi ensemble comedy rather than the high-concept show that fit the title.

Tonight's episode - which involved callbacks to an early Courteney Cox role, photos of Taye Diggs, the game of Musical Beers and a giant inflatable blue gorilla - continued that upward trend, but I unfortunately don't have time to write about it today (nor will I tomorrow). So go read the Lawrence interview if you didn't already, and then tell me what you thought of "Breakdown."

Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, is available now. He can be reached at