Will Arnett returns to prime-time television tonight with new series The Millers, and we couldn’t be more nervous. But why? Will Arnett is great! Sure, we loved him on Arrested Development, and yes, we cheered whenever he’d pop up to sabotage Jack Donaghy. But with the short-lived FOX series Running Wilde under his belt, and the mismanaged Up All Night to his name, Arnett is dangerously close to becoming known as a product of a successful TV series who simply can’t get it done on his own. And he’s not alone.
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!
For once, we couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of a TV show transferring to the big screen (well, not since SATC the first time round). According to the guy who played Gunther, (who did turn up to plug the London Central Perk, as rumored), a big-screen version of “Friends” will be hitting the big screen. At some point.
“Friends: The Movie is definitely on. I still keep in touch with a lot of the cast and they say that they are really keen,” James Michael Tyler said. We’re hoping that by “other cast” he means people like Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry, not Coffee Drinker # 3. But our favorite revelation is that Gunther is “definitely on board to do the film”. Aw – you don’t say. [Photo: Getty Images Entertainment]