When a TV cast is good, it’s good. There’s nothing like a couple of co-stars who have such undeniable chemistry that it carries the show. Makes you believe in them. Makes you wish you could, like, look them up on Facebook long after the series finale. For fans of the original Beverly Hills 90210, this dream is sort of coming true. Co-stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling (who were BFFs on the show, and truly the only duo that stayed intact during the series’ decade-long run) are making a primetime comeback! They’re starring in a new ABC Family sitcom, Mystery Girls, where they’ll play “former co-stars on a ’90s TV show” who open a detective agency. Amaze. And it had us thinking — what if we could find out what our other favorite old school co-star characters are up to these days?
It’s been a decade since the series finale of Friends, and we’ve still failed to find a show that’s as hilarious or as enthusiastic about celebrating Thanksgiving. (How I Met Your Mother came close, and ABC never gave Happy Endings a real chance to succeed.) In the 10 years since the finale, many a TV writer has embarked on a quest to recreate that Friends magic. Turns out, it’s harder than it looks.
May 6th marks the ten-year anniversary of the Friends series finale. That night, over 52 million people tuned in to find out how it would all end. Would Ross finally get together with Rachel? Would female characters ever stop moving to Paris when their shows drew to a close? Who actually lived in Rachel and Monica’s apartment? Would coffee ever taste the same again? While we got most of those answers, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths. Our best friends of the past 10 years left us feeling lonely. Knowing it was time for us to change the channel, the networks rushed to fill the void. NBC tossed out a few post-Friends options that failed to capture our hearts while ABC, FOX and CBS attempted to mix up the template with a few different offerings. Sadly most of them failed (and failed badly). While How I Met Your Mother managed to soar for nine years, the faux Friends on this list did not.
Ah, Thanksgiving… It’s a time to feast with family, friends and the television show Friends. For whatever reason, the writers of Friends decided to take Thanksgiving and make it the show’s big holiday and we are incredibly thankful to them.
Now some people marathon all the Friends Thanksgiving episodes. Some people need to watch them in order. However, we at VH1 know that you might not have the time for five hours of your favorite Friends. (I mean, there’s also this thing called football happening and some people are actually cooking.) To help you pick and choose, we’re ranking them Thanksgiving buffet style. Which episodes make a good main dish? Which offer a sweet sentimental dessert? And which episode, like Chandler’s traditional non-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving food, is fulfilling for a Friends fan, but not very festive?
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It’s impossible to imagine watching an episode of Friends without seeing the familiar faces of Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt Leblanc. The chemistry generated between the gang made it one of the most iconic lineups in TV history. Hell, they’re like the Beatles of situation comedies! John, Paul, George and Kevin just doesn’t have the same ring to it, y’know? So by the same token, it’s a little jarring to see the original casting choices for the legendary show.
The news comes to us from the folks at Vanity Fair, who are running an “oral history” of the series in their latest issue. It’s definitely fascinating to see how television history might have turned out. Could Jon Cryer have been a snarkier Chandler? Would Tea Leoni have made a better Rachel? Tantalizing questions indeed! Click under the jump to see which celebs almost played your favorite Friends!
Brad who? A short week after ex-husband Brad Pitt dissed their former marriage in the press, Jennifer Aniston and new squeeze Justin Theroux shouted their love from the rooftops. Before attending the premiere of Lifetime’s Five on Monday, the pair swung by the New York pad of famed celeb photographer Terry Richardson. Terry then brought the love birds up to the roof and took some adorable couple portraits. “New York Love Story…Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux… up on the roof,” he captioned the pix on his site. They’re even cuter than Ross and Rachel! Is it real love, or are these shots just Jen’s revenge on Brad? Check out more down below and see what you think!
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It seems so high school to divide your friends up into groups: best friend, work friend, Shenae Gimes’ homeless friends. Sometimes that’s just the way you feel though! “I played a homeless kid and we had all real homeless kids as our background. I ended up just meeting the coolest people that I’ve met in L.A. on Venice Boardwalk,” Grimes told Chelsea Handler about shooting the film Sugar earlier this year. “I feel bad, but I’m a cute girl, so I’m a really good sidekick for ‘spanging’ – that’s what asking for spare change-and I don’t need it myself. So I feel like I’m pulling one over on society. It all goes to them, but I help out where I can.” Right, that’s much better than giving them some of your own famous person cash. Loaning money between friends can get so tricky, especially when one of you is a successful TV and film actress, and the other is trying to get enough nickels to buy a Cup-a-Soup.
Let’s be clear though. Grimes loves, loves, loves the homeless, she just wouldn’t want them borrowing, or even touching, her new top (even though she seems to occasionally wear their pants). Nothing personal! “It’s hard. You have to have boundaries. I’ve definitely been asked if they can sleep on my floor and stuff like that. You walk a fine line,” Shenae said. “My mom would not be pleased if I started taking homeless people to my apartment.” Ugh, moms never understand! Oh, and neither do you, Shenae.
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The more we find out about Jennifer Aniston‘s life, the more we seethe with envy that it’s not ours (the “no mans” thing aside). For example, reportedly Jennifer Aniston turned down SNL to take Friends. Out of the diamond frying pan, into the platinum fire! Aniston refused the late-night gig for being too much of “a boys club,” opting instead to take a role in a little unknown show that would eventually pay her $1 million an episode. Despite Jen’s confidence in her decision, the SNL cast didn’t exactly see it the same way. “She said no? She’s gonna do that Friends? What the hell is Friends?” her Just Go With It co-star Adam Sandler recalls. “They were like, ‘You’re so stupid.’ They thought I was making a huge mistake,” Jen says, which is hilarious to hear, knowing that now Aniston could take her morning laps in a swimming pool filled with gold doubloons, if she wanted to.
As if insane career success wasn’t enough, apparently both Matthew Perry and Jon Stewart tried to date Jennifer Aniston. High-school us would have had an aneurysm if she found that out. “I remember way back when, you asked me if I could potentially set you up with Jennifer Aniston,” Perry teased Stewart on The Daily Show. “Which I thought it was funny because I couldn’t even get a date with Jennifer Aniston.” Do you think Jen can’t keep a man because they refuse to sleep on the pile of Emmys and hundred dollar bills she has stacked on her bed? What other reason could there possibly be?
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