Tuesday, January 24, 2006

We All Miss Our Friends at Times, Don't We?

This just in! All 6 cast members of NBC hit show Friends have agreed to return to tape four one-hour specials for a whopping $6.7mill each! I wonder how special they will be. Also on the table are discussions for a new spin-off featuring all the men from the show since Joey bombed. I don't know how well it will ever work to have part of the cast and not the full cast. Plus how will they explain the absence of the girls on the show since Monica is married to Chandler and Ross and Rachel share custody of a kid?

I guess we shall have to wait and see. Bated breath here!

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8 comments:

Teddi said...

I heard something about this on the radio. It's amazing that they are doing some more episodes. I think they should have just left it alone...end on a good note.

Elisabeth said...

Yeah, it's been kind of refreshing to watch some British series on DVD. Their shows are generally relatively short-lived, with a few exceptions, and they only have like 6 episodes per season, so they don't wring each show out for every single teeny weeny possible storyline, and by the time you are tired of the show, it ends anyway. Course, their shows seem to suffer a bit more from formulas than ours.

Teddi said...

Well, I heard on the radio yesterday a DJ apologizing because he bought into the hype of the RUMOR. He went on to explain that the whole thing is a rumor and that it isn't really happening. I can't find a credible source that it is or it isn't happening.

I think Coupling is funnier than Friends ever was (though I did think Friends was funny).

Elisabeth said...

No way! I heard this story first on some entertainment news on TV -- can't remember if it was Entertainment Tonight or on E! But it was a relatively credible source, at least one I would expect to check with TV reps before they put out a story on what that TV studio plans to do! How ridiculous!

Actually you know, although I have laughed harder at Coupling than I probably ever laughed at friends, I laughed more often at Friends. Coupling suffers from serious the same, serious formula overuse that many British shows suffer from. I think I would laugh more at Coupling if I didn't know that in every episode Steve will have a rant, Jane will say something both stupid and conceited, Jeff will get himself into a pickle and will undoubtedly find himself blundering over what he should have just said to a woman. Jeff will also either have counted something weird (the number of problems in his life, the number of possible meanings of a sigh, etc.) or come out with some silly but brilliant insight into how we do things. (the giggle loop, etc.) Friends had a formula, but it wasn't quite so glaringly obvious as Coupling's formula.

Having said that I adore Coupling and think everyone should go out and rent it (the British version).

But the same thing happened with The Thin Blue Line -- we died laughing on season 1 - but by season 2 we knew what would happen in every episode minus the situation.

Teddi said...

I may have chuckled more often at Friends, but I laugh harder at Coupling. Tell me that Jeff wasn't hilarious in "The Freckle, the Key and the Couple Who Weren't,". I had to watch it twice, lol. You're right about the formula though. I could do without Jane...period. She's just SO clueless. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps I loved for the romantic-comedy factor of it :).

About Friends - I wonder if it was a secret ploy to find out what fans really want. I just don't think it's a good idea. I mean...maybe a reunion show (just ONE) in a few years, but not now and not a whole new season (practically).

Robert N. said...

There is a great Brit show on Saturday nights on AMC, I believe, called Hustle. It is very cleverly produced and invokes elements of old British spy shows. Check it out sometime!

Elisabeth said...

That sounds cool! Too bad, I don't watch TV anymore, but even if I did, I don't think we have AMC.

Elisabeth said...

Maybe Netflix has it. :)

 

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