Ten years ago, more than 50 million people watched one of TV’s all-time biggest comedy sensations sign off the air with a final answer to Ross and Rachel’s “Will-they-or-won’t they?” saga (They will!) and a surprise twist to Monica and Chandler’s adoption journey (Twins!). In the April 11 issue of EW, we revisited the sextet’s sign-off — along with many other classic finales — in “The Art of Saying Goodbye,” a story in which the masterminds of 10 iconic series discussed the heady challenges of creating a lasting last episode. Below, in a bonus Q&A, creators/executive producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman chat about plotting the Friends finale as fans were lobbying for a rekindling of the Ross-and-Rachel romance, why there should never be a reunion show, and much more. READ FULL STORY
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Tuesday night’s episode of Cougar Town marks the first time actor Brian Van Holt stepped behind the camera to direct an episode of the comedy, accomplishing a goal he’d had since he started working on the series five seasons ago. And while he was thrilled to finally get the chance, the opportunity also came with a little added pressure — it was an episode that was set to guest star Courteney Cox’s former Friends castmate Matthew Perry.
“There was a lot involved and a lot of expectations,” Van Holt tells EW, “but that being said, it was amazing. I loved it.”
In the episode, airing at 10 p.m. ET, Perry guest stars as a man who has a fender bender with Cox’s Jules, and mayhem ensues when Jules takes a small fib a little too far. The episode finds a way to recapture the old chemistry between the two former co-stars, while also adding a little twist on the story. “I was so lucky to have Matthew in my episode because he made me look better. He brought so much to the table,” Van Holt said. “It was really an honor to direct Matthew Perry and Courteney.”
In fact, Van Holt says, as a Friends fan himself, it was somewhat “surreal at times” to see the two actors reunited. “I had my moments of, ‘Wow, This is Monica and Chandler at it again!’ They had such good chemistry,” he said. “I did get caught watching the monitors and forgetting to call cut because I could really let the camera roll on them forever. It was very special….It’s a big moment for two TV icons to come back together.” <
Cougar Town airs Tuesdays on TBS.
It started as “The One with the Reunion” and turned quickly into “The One with a Whole New Season,” but sadly, rumors that fans of the hit sitcom Friends will be seeing the much-loved gang back on their old orange couch at Central Perk sometime soon are decidedly untrue.
NBC has confirmed to EW that a Friends reunion is not in the works.
The buzz started months ago after rumors of a Thanksgiving 2014 reunion special began to make the social media rounds but really heated up late last week when a major Latin America news outlet reported that NBC had confirmed a new full-season order of the show. Fans, who have been clamoring for a reunion ever since the sitcom ended its 10-season run on NBC in 2004, have been running with the rumors on both Facebook and Twitter ever since.
The network’s confirmation that a Friends reunion is not being planned comes just a day after show co-creator Marta Kauffman said the same to E! “I’m going to clear this up — it’s not happening,” Kauffman said on the red carpet of the Lifetime TV movie Call Me Crazy. “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”
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Season 3 of Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' to debut July 22, feature Steve Carell and Billy Crystal as guests -- EXCLUSIVE
Believe the Skype: Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy will return to Showtime for a third season on July 22 at 11 p.m. In the 10 new episodes of the improvised comedy — which stars the former Friends actress as a self-consumed therapist who counsels patients via very brief video chats — Kudrow’s Fiona Wallice deals with the aftermath of husband Kip (Victor Garber) running off with his male campaign manager (Michael McDonald), and is investigated for campaign finance misconduct. Meanwhile, Fiona’s mother, Putsy (Lily Tomlin), steals her assistant, Jerome (Dan Bucatinsky), and launches a rival business called Net Therapy, and Fiona’s manuscript is being transformed into a Broadway musical without her input. READ FULL STORY
There’s not much you can do when that inevitable turkey coma sets in today so instead of fighting those couch potato urges, indulge in some Thanksgiving TV. Fortunately, there are plenty of TV marathons to be thankful for this year. Whether you’re craving something manly, in a nostalgic state of mind, or schadenfreude is the name of the game, there’s something to feast your eyes on. READ FULL STORY
Fun fact: James Michael Tyler is “terrible” at Friends trivia. Or so he claims.
Luckily, the actor’s trivia skills didn’t impede him during his task for EW, in which he singled out five of his favorite “Gunther moments” during the course of the series, which came out on Blu-ray this week.
Below, he presents his five favorite moments, in no particular order:
1. The one where Gunther buys Rachel’s cat
(Actual episode: “The One With The Ball”)
In this episode, Rachel found herself in the company of a wildly overpriced pure-bred, hairless Sphinx cat that disgusted everyone — except Gunther, who willingly purchased the beast, thinking it would bring him closer to Rachel. “I would try to put myself in Gunther’s mindset — basically he hates everything except Rachel,” Tyler says of nailing Gunther’s notorious wordless reactions, like the one seen in this scene. “Well, hate is probably too strong of a word, but I don’t think Gunther had a lot of patience for the rest of [the gang].” READ FULL STORY
It’s hard to imagine Friends concluding one of TV’s most iconic relationships with anything other than a happy ending. But that’s almost what happened.
As producer David Crane reveals in this exclusive clip from the Friends Blu-ray set, on sale Nov. 13, there at one time had been talk of concluding Ross and Rachel’s story in a much more open-ended manner. “At first we thought that [getting them together] seems so expected,” he says. The alternative? A “vague” ending with a “hope for the future.”
Obviously, those plans were killed. But can you believe that was ever on the table? (Does. Not. Compute.)
Watch Crane talk about the writers’ change of heart in the clip below:
On July 1, Matt LeBlanc will resume a role that he will forever be identified with: Matt LeBlanc. The Showtime meta comedy Episodes — in which the Friends actor stars as the Friends actor starring in Pucks!, a lousy adaptation of a high-brow British comedy — returns for a second season of Hollywood misadventures. (The season 1 DVD was released earlier this week.) LeBlanc, who won a Golden Globe for playing this more outrageous, less reputable version of himself, believes that this season “has a bigger, bolder feel to it. It’s more complex… It’s almost like everyone’s been let off the leash.”
Before you pick up the current issue of EW, which contains a profile of LeBlanc, check out a few of his thoughts on Episodes, Friends, and spinoff Joey. READ FULL STORY
Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy has not had a typical trip to television to say the least. The series, which finds Kudrow playing Fiona Wallace, a not-so-accredited therapist who conducts sessions online, already has three seasons worth of three- to seven-minute webisodes available for viewing. But tonight marks its Showtime debut, where the show takes on a half-hour format, with the episodes comprised of the webisodes and material formerly available only via mobile devices.
“I like to say I’m busy enough,” says the actress, who juggles the production of Web Therapy‘s fourth online season with work on the third season of her heritage-tracing series Who Do You Think You Are.
EW caught up with Kudrow to talk about Web Therapy‘s interesting trip to television, her star-studded guest cast, and pitch our fantasy crossover ideas. (Hint: We love Friends!) READ FULL STORY
When Jennifer Aniston made the transition from the small screen to the big screen, there was always the looming dilemma of whether she’d ever be able to escape her iconic (hair cut and all) Friends character Rachel Green. And while her role as a dentist who sexually harasses her employee (Charlie Day) in this weekend’s hilarious, raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses most certainly proves she can (Rachel may have hit on her assistant Tag, but never like this), there’s still no way of ever totally escaping Rachel. But Aniston is okay with that.
The actress, who appears on the next installment of Inside the Actor’s Studio airing Monday, July 11 on Bravo at 8 p.m., explained to host James Lipton why she’ll never let Rachel or Friends go. READ FULL STORY
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