08/16/2011 12:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Courteney Cox Directs Episode Of 'Cougar Town'

Like many stars before her, Courteney Cox has decided to take a more hands-on approach to her TV show as she's gained a certain amount of clout in her career.

The one-time star of "Friends" and now lead on "Cougar Town," Cox won't just feature on camera this season -- she'll get a chance to call the shots from behind it, too. TVGuide reports -- and The Hollywood Reporter confirms -- that Cox will direct one of the show's new episodes. She's already an executive producer, and has directed a film short in 2008's "The Monday Before Thanksgiving."

Cox joins a long tradition of TV stars branching out to helm takes of their own show. Last season, Paul Adelstein directed an episode of "Private Practice," John Slattery helmed an episode of "Mad Men," Jason Priestly directed an episode and starred in an arc of sci-fi show "Haven" that will air this season, Kevin Connolly is directing the second-to-last episode of "Entourage," and Jon Hamm is helming the upcoming season debut of "Mad Men."

For more on the episode, click over to TV Guide.