Anyone else feel like Lifetime doesn’t understand what a draw Cougar Town’s Josh Hopkins is? He costars in 12 Men of Christmas (premieres Saturday, 9 p.m. ET) with Kristin Chenoweth, not that the network makes a big deal about it in the art (see him in a little ornament like he’s just one of the guys and not the leading man) or in the trailer, which yes, does feature him shirtless at :14, but doesn’t bother to name drop him.
I’ll admit that I only knew Hopkins as “Grayson on Cougar Town, who used to be on Swingtown” until he made our recent list of TV’s Best Bitches. But after I learned his name, I typed it in YouTube and spent 54 minutes watching him in old episodes of Cold Case (I recommend this and this) and Private Practice (thank you, AddieFan2008 for compiling his scenes in five parts).
Is Hopkins the reason you’ll tune in for 12 Men of Christmas (which we’ll be discussing Sunday on PopWatch, of course)? Or, like me, are you also a sucker for any movie that has a jaded city girl finding herself when she moves to the country — in this case, Montana, where she takes a PR job and tries to convince the men of an underfunded volunteer search-and-rescue team to pose semi-naked for a calendar to raise money for a new helicopter? Okay, I do sorta cringe reading that back…but watching the video below that has Hopkins (“Mr. December”) talking about modeling in chaps, and “Mr. May” Jessie Pavelka looking criminally hot, and My Girl’s Anna Chlumskly working (yay!), I don’t really care.