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On HBO's New Platform, a Possibly Huge Get

It's not a done deal, but an unscripted 'Friends' reunion may air on HBO Max: report

(Newser) - Good news for Friends fans: The original six cast members are in talks to reunite for an unscripted reunion special on HBO Max, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The deal is far from done, but the plan is to have Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry,... More »

Jennifer Aniston's Instagram Debut Set a New Record

Her profile was so popular it crashed the app

(Newser) - Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram on Tuesday—and her debut will be hard to top. So many people viewed her newly created profile that it caused the app to crash, CNN reports. The Guinness Book of World Records says she set a new record by getting 1 million followers in just... More »

A 'Friend' Gets Major Ralph Lauren Homage

Designer to offer collection inspired by Rachel Green character

(Newser) - If you didn't win that gig live-tweeting during Friends to celebrate the NBC sitcom's 25th anniversary, there's now another way you can honor the show: Dress like Rachel. Ralph Lauren just made that easier, with its announcement of a new "ready-to-wear" collection inspired by Rachel Green,... More »

Seinfeld Steps Into Friends Zone

Rivals have snapped up Netflix's top two shows

(Newser) - One hit sitcom deserves another, so Netflix has turned to Seinfeld to replace Friends. The streaming network has a five-year deal to make all 180 Seinfeld episodes "about nothing" available to subscribers, starting in 2021, People reports. Netflix is losing Friends to the new HBO Max . "Seinfeld is... More »

This Might Be the Weirdest Detail in Any Embezzling Suit

De Niro's company says ex-employee binge-watched 55 episodes of 'Friends'

(Newser) - Robert De Niro's production company is going after a former employee it accuses of embezzling, and the lawsuit spotted by Variety has an odd and entertainment-esque detail. It accuses Chase Robinson of binge-watching an impressive 55 episodes of Friends over a four-day period in January while on the job.... More »

You Could Get Paid to Livetweet Friends

Frontier Communications is running a promotion for sitcom's 25th anniversary

(Newser) - If you like Friends and you like tweeting, here's the perfect job for you: Frontier Communications will pay one lucky person $1,000 to watch 25 hours of the sitcom and livetweet while doing so, in honor of the show's 25th anniversary this year. That's about 60... More »

Netflix Subscribers, Say Goodbye to Friends

Iconic sitcom to leave streaming service next year, head to WarnerMedia's HBO Max

(Newser) - So no one told you Netflix was gonna be this way: Friends will no longer be there for subscribers to the streaming service next year. The '90s sitcom will then head to WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Max, set to launch in spring 2020, Variety reports. "... More »

Here Are the Most-Streamed Shows on Netflix

Most on the list aren't the service's original content

(Newser) - Despite heavy spending on original content, Netflix can't keep viewers away from favorites for long. Just six Netflix shows are in the top 20 shows streamed on devices connected to the US service in 2018—accounting for 70% to 80% of US Netflix viewing—and only two, Orange Is ... More »

14 Years Later, Friends Cast Making $20M Each Per Year

And they might be making more soon

(Newser) - Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe haven't been up to new adventures since 2004, but their older ones are still making a ton of money for the cast. In an interesting look at the show's money-making prowess, Marketplace reports that each cast member makes $20 million per... More »

UK Police Hunting Ross Geller Lookalike

Or is it Russ?

(Newser) - David Schwimmer is not accused of stealing a phone, wallet, and jacket from an English restaurant on Sept. 20, but that is the case for someone who looks an awful lot like him. Blackpool Police are on the lookout for a thief , spotted on CCTV footage with a case of... More »

Matthew Perry: I Don't Remember 3 Seasons of Friends

Actor was 'out of it' due to drug addiction

(Newser) - Matthew Perry was so sidelined by alcohol and painkiller addiction that he doesn't remember a large chunk of Friends, he recently revealed to BBC Radio 2 . Asked to name his least favorite episode of the sitcom, Perry responded, "Oh, my goodness. I think the answer is: I don'... More »

Friends Reunion Finally Happening ... Maybe

All 6 stars will take part in upcoming NBC special

(Newser) - It's finally (maybe) happening: All six Friends stars are reuniting (possibly). Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer will all participate in an upcoming 2-hour NBC special honoring "veteran sitcom director" James Burrows and the 1,000 TV episodes he's directed,... More »

'Dumb Actor' Brad Pitt Hits Between Two Ferns

Louis CK makes cameo, Galifianakis makes 'Friends' crack

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis kicks off his latest round of Between Two Ferns by whining that he's gone from President Obama "back to interviewing dumb actors," and the star treatment for "Bradley Pitts" (or "Bart Pit," as he's identified on the screen) goes downhill from... More »

Friends Was Silly, Fluffy, and ... Superb

This week marks 20th anniversary of its premiere

(Newser) - As if news that Party of Five debuted 20 years ago this month doesn't make you feel old enough, Friends is this week hitting the same milestone. And as Willa Paskin writes for Slate , the anniversary is being "greeted with untempered enthusiasm, even for this era of rampant... More »

'Friends' Stage Mini-Reunion on Kimmel

Also, 'Central Perk' is coming to Manhattan

(Newser) - Here's a question for Friends fans: Have you ever wanted to hang out at "Central Perk"? If so, you’re in luck. A replica of the series' iconic coffee shop—dubbed "The One With the Free Coffee"—will be open in Manhattan from Sept. 17... More »

Courteney, Not Jen, Was Supposed to Play Rachel

And Matthew Perry almost didn't play Chandler: new book

(Newser) - Can you picture anyone other than Matthew Perry playing the sarcastic-yet-lovable Chandler on Friends? Neither could creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, but Perry—who was committed to another pilot at the time—almost wasn't cast in the role. "We brought everybody in. We were so sure that... More »

Big Bird's a Pinko, Charges Writer

Leftist agenda infuses primetime, complains author Ben Shapiro

(Newser) - Red alert! Big Bird is part of a plot by Hollywood liberals to poison children and adult minds with "pinko" ideology. That's the claim maxi-conservative author Ben Shapiro argues in his new book. And it's not just Sesame Street and reruns of shows including M*A*S*H that are... More »

Jen: I Turned Down SNL for Friends

People thought she was crazy, but she 'did alright,' she tells Oprah

(Newser) - Jennifer Aniston could have avoided that awful “Rachel” haircut entirely—if she’d taken the job offer she got from Saturday Night Live. Aniston revealed to Oprah Winfrey yesterday that she turned down SNL for Friends, PopEater reports. Everyone “thought I was making a huge mistake," she... More »

Homer Is Best TV, Film Character

Simpsons dad wins in survey from past 20 years

(Newser) - The world loves Homer Simpson—even more than Harry Potter. The Simpsons patriarch grabbed the top spot in Entertainment Weekly ’s survey of the best TV and film characters of the past two decades, the New York Post reports. “People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly... More »

Matt LeBlanc of Friends Returns to TV

'Joey' star heads to Showtime, playing himself

(Newser) - Five-plus years after Friends left the air and nearly 4 after Joey went to the big cable box in the sky, Matt LeBlanc is headed back to TV—playing himself. Joey Tribbiani's alter ego has landed a part on the Showtime spoof Episodes, Reuters reports. " I am so glad... More »

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