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.
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!
There’s a party going on right here at the Beverly Hilton. The Golden Globes truly are a celebration to last through out the year. (Check out our favorite moments from the show!) Dare we say that it might even be the most fun night in Hollywood… EVER. Everyone — press, crew, celebs — is in good spirits, the booze is plentiful, and the emphasis is on having a good time. And everything is so pretty! The Beverly Hilton is a beautiful and iconic spot any day of the week, but there’s something extra magical about tonight’s event. The red carpet actually felt like a living, breathing thing and it. Is. FIERCE.
But the best part of the night was, of course, hearing from the winners, in all their sweet, excited glory. We were stationed in the press room and had the privilege of listening to all their best moments — from the absolutely ridiculous to the downright cry-worthy. We count ‘em down for you below.
- Octavia Spencer kicking her shoes off in the middle of answering questions, and then delivering this important message: “Christian Louboutin, I love you, but when you have this much weigh you gotta give us a little platform.”
- George Clooney answering the “Where is Ryan Gosling?” question: “He’s [working] in Thailand. And you know what they do in Thailand.“
- Matt LeBlanc having a “Joey” moment onstage, answering a reporter’s question with “How you doin’?”
In an interview about his new show Episodes, Matt LeBlanc reveals that he is pretty much average…all of him. While his character on the new program (also named Matt LeBlanc) is down-right cocky about his super-sized package, LeBlanc says “I guess it’s OK to point out that I am absolutely of human proportion, so fear not!” As far as we’re concerned, he could admit that he’s hung like an infant Chihuahua; no embarrassing truth can take away the $100 million LeBlanc made from Friends.
While in the past Matt felt pigeonholed by his successful sitcom role, he wasn’t exactly eager to take on a new role playing himself. “I had reservations at first. But it’s not a documentary, it’s a scripted character. Once I got my head around that, it became really fun to make fun of myself. I didn’t mind being the brunt of the joe…if it’s a good joke,” LeBlanc admits. We hope Episodes is a hit, given that a Friends reunion isn’t likely to happen. Here’s hoping the fictional Matt LeBlanc is as forth-coming as the real one.
Brooke Shields has lived most of her life in public, but there are still some details she’s kept private…until now. The model-actress-eyelash baldness sufferer is penning a memoir that will air some dirty laundry, specifically about her ex-husband Andre Agassi. Shields has already written two other books about her personal life, Down Came The Rain, which was a look at her own battle with post-partum depression, and On Your Own, an advice book geared toward teens that she wrote when she was a young model and which sounds amazing, though it’s out of print. (After taking a look at its Amazon page, we so want a copy). Finally in this latest book, she’ll give us the good dirt we’ve been waiting for.
Shields explains that after Agassi’s own memoir, Open, came out last year, she realized his stories about their two-year marriage were very one-sided. One such anecdote was about Shields’ turn as a guest star on Friends. Agassi turned violent after he watched Shields lick Matt LeBlanc‘s hand in a scene, and he drove home in a rage eventually smashing several of his tennis trophies. Shields’ version of the story will pick up where his left off, and she says “Does he mention I spent the next three years replicating those trophies? He doesn’t say that, does he? Of course not. That’ll be in my book!” What we’re more fascinated by is the fact that Joey Tribbiani inspired such rage. He was but a humble, sandwich-loving soap opera actor, he never meant any harm.
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Matt LeBlanc was spotted outside the restaurant Katsu-ya last night in LA. It was a rare public appearance for the Friends star, who hasn’t worked since the spin-off Joey was canceled in 2006. Not that we would have necessarily recognized him on the street—between the paunch and gray hair, LeBlanc’s starting to look a little like former network-mate Jay Leno. Maybe he can inhale some helium and get work as a double if the beleaguered talk show host walks out on NBC, which PopEater thinks might just happen.
Check out pics of the once and future Joey in the gallery below.
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Former Friends star Matt Le Blanc is to star in a new TV comedy playing….uh, himself. He’s to appear in new show Episodes which follows a British couples’ disastrous attempts to bring their successful show to US screens resulting in a dumbed-down version of the program “starring” Matt.
All sounds very meta and post-modern, and luckily for us, it’s going to be shown on both British and American screens next year. So we can all judge together whether it’s any better than Joey (and by God that shouldn’t be hard). [Photo: WireImage]