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There (almost) all there! The cast of Friends - minus Matthew Perry - gathered for NBC's James Burrows tribute, and Entertainment Weekly has the first official photos from the reunion. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc huddle close with the veteran director, who recently directed his 1000th episode of TV. "We've had a long history together and for them to show up in support in honor of me was so great," Burrows told EW. For more exclusive pics of the Friends cast and from Burrows' tribute special, head over to Entertainment Weekly. The two-hour Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows »
- James Hibberd and Aaron Couch
Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. hopes O.J. Simpson will see an accurate reflection of himself in FX's hit series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and find peace in the portrayal. "Hopefully he'll see some truth in it," the actor tells People in this week's issue. For Gooding Jr., 48, watching the new Ryan Murphy series ideally will be a spiritual experience for Simpson. "Hopefully he will find some sense of redemption and healing," he said at Perry Ellis' New York Fashion Week Men's show. "To be thoughtful and reflective." • For more from Cuba Gooding Jr. on American Crime Story, »
- Maggie Parker, @maggie_wp
Pilot Season 2016 could end up becoming The One Where the Friends come back. This week, CBS and Fox both greenlit half-hour comedy pilots starring Friends alums Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and Courteney Cox (Monica), respectively. Meanwhile, co-star Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) continues to field pilot offers as David Schwimmer (Ross) has been earning praise for his role as Robert Kardashian on FX anthology The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. For his part, Schwimmer has already booked his follow-up role — starring in AMC's straight-to-series drama Feed the Beast from Dexter and Nurse Jackie
- Lesley Goldberg
Almost 22 years ago, 95 million Americans stopped what they were doing to watch as suspected murderer O.J. Simpson appeared to flee justice in a white Ford Bronco, with his friend A.C. Cowlings at the wheel. The infamous slow-speed chase that ensued aired live on TV, preempting most scheduled programming and kicking off the beginning of a morbid courtroom obsession. In light of the The People v. O.J. Simpson's second episode, which showcased its own version of the pursuit last night (read our backstory here), we asked Cuba Gooding Jr., Selma Blair, David Schwimmer, and more to recall their memories from summer '94.Cuba Gooding Jr.[I was] at a buddy's, watching the finals — the Knicks game. I keep saying this, but I do remember, at some point, the game was on the radio and we were watching the chase on television. It started as us watching on TV, and then »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald,Diane Gordon,E. Alex Jung,Maria Elena Fernandez
O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) speeds away from his worries on the California freeway in his white Ford Bronco. The episode opens with his friend, Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer), praying for O.J. Kardashian was extremely concerned since the last time he saw him he was suicidal and very unstable. Meanwhile, the Lapd is completely mortified […]
- Caitlyn McAloon
It appears all your former Friends stars are staging a TV takeover: Fox has ordered a pilot for a new comedy starring Courteney Cox called Charity Case, about a widow who inherits her late billionaire husband's charity instead of the wads of cash she would've preferred. Though Cox, who will also executive produce the show, hasn't been away from TV for too long (Cougar Town ended last year), she's also not the only Friend returning to the small screen: Matthew Perry currently stars on The Odd Couple, and Lisa Kudrow has The Comeback, while David Schwimmer can be seen on The People v. O. J. Simpson telling people how to spell Kardashian. And just last week week we learned that Matt LeBlanc has been tapped to host the BBC's Top Gear and also star in a new CBS comedy (on top of his existing commitment to Episodes, which will likely »
- Dee Lockett
Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched episode two of “People v. O.J. Simpson,” titled “The Run of His Life.”
Two moments from the O.J. Simpson saga stand out for those who remember it: the verdict and the Bronco chase. It’s been said that while the Bronco chase brought us together as a country, the verdict divided us.
Yet for a moment so seared into our collective consciousness, the episode — as directed by Ryan Murphy — effectively manages to find drama and suspense as it careens towards its inevitable conclusion.
The hour opens with Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) praying for his friend and now murder suspect, O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) — who’s Mia in a Bronco being driven by A.C. Cowlings (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). He left behind a suicide note, and Kardashian’s heartbroken, believing his friend to have done the unthinkable. As the first few hours pass without any word, »
- Debra Birnbaum
A few thoughts on tonight's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story episode coming up just as soon as I spell my last name for you... Would the O.J. trial have become a circus if not for the white Bronco chase? Probably, if only because the Juice was enormously famous (and, back then, beloved). But it was that bizarre low-speed chase that pushed the story from the tabloids to front pages everywhere. It was such a big deal that NBC, which was airing an NBA Finals contest between the Knicks and Rockets, actually went to a split-screen between the game and the chase, and it was hard to blame them — fans actually in Madison Square Garden were reportedly crowding around anyone who had a portable TV so they could keep track of what was happening on the L.A. freeways. The absurdity of that day (which, as »
- Alan Sepinwall
Week two of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story took the series into overdrive. The FX show spent most of the episode recreating the infamous 1994 Bronco chase. The tense episode barely stopped to take a breath - and for those brave enough to relive the adrenaline, here are some of the top moments from the broadcast. Here's how it started... via Giphy And everybody wants to know one thing: Where is Oj? via Giphy But seriously, Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) is very sorry ... he doesn't have any idea how this happened! via Giphy Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) is out of his depth. »
- Aaron Couch and Patrick Gomez
Week two of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story took the series into overdrive. The FX show spent most of the episode recreating the infamous 1994 Bronco chase. The tense episode barely stopped to take a breath - and for those brave enough to relive the adrenaline, here are some of the top moments from the broadcast. Here's how it started... via Giphy And everybody wants to know one thing: Where is Oj? via Giphy But seriously, Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) is very sorry ... he doesn't have any idea how this happened! via Giphy Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer »
- Aaron Couch and Patrick Gomez
Among other things, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story reminds us of a time in American culture when the name Kardashian sounded foreign. The point is driven home in episode two, as the young Kardashian children watch TV reporters mispronounce their father’s name during a press conference. “Kardashian! Kardashian! Kardashian!” they chant from home. It’s a harmless embellishment designed to drive home the point: Things have changed. The press conference scene in and of itself was anything but humorous in real life. O.J. Simpson’s loyal friend, the late Robert Kardashian, somberly took to the cameras to read what he believed was Simpson’s suicide note, as Simpson and his friend A.C. Cowlings, drove up and down Los Angeles freeways in a white Ford Bronco. David Schwimmer, who plays Kardashian, says he was drawn to the project because it presents new insights into the people involved in the case. »
Fox has ordered a pilot for Courteney Cox’s comedy series “Charity Case,” Variety has learned.
The “Friends” alum is set to star in the potential series, in addition to serving as an exec producer.
“Charity Case” stars Cox as Hailey, a woman who inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity, but quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined.
The single-cam, half hour comedy hails from writer Robert Padnick who will exec produce with Cox and James Griffiths who is attached to direct. 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios will produce.
“Charity Case” was put into development at Fox at the start of pilot season in mid-January — way past the typical development cycle. With Cox’s star power, insiders told Variety the project was always said to land a pilot order and was put on the fast track to do so. Should the comedy go to series, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Oh my god, we're going to look like morons." With that, the first episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson drove off into the sunset in a white bronco, officially making Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. must-see TV for the next 10 weeks as the story of the infamous O.J. Simpson trial unfolds in front of us once again. We're only one episode into the miniseries, and we can already tell this is going to be one wild ride, full of bits of history, bits of fiction, and some unexpected dialogue. We've already got David Schwimmer begging Cuba Gooding Jr. not to kill himself in Kim Kardashian's childhood bedroom, and Courtney B. Vance lamenting the fact that Michael Jackson was afraid of the color »
FX’s critically acclaimed event series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” is off to a record-setting start, as nice lifts in time-shifted viewing has helped it become the network’s most-watched premiere ever.
In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, which include three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing, the initial airing of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” averaged 8.3 million total viewers, including 4.2 million adults 18-49 (a 3.3 national rating). The premiere had already established a same-day network viewership record for a drama, with 5.11 million people watching last Wednesday, but the L+3 number puts it ahead of comedy “Anger Management,” which had been the most-watched FX series opener in same-day numbers (5.6 million).
Among all FX premieres over the years in adults 18-49, last week’s premiere of “People v. O.J. Simpson” beat the series premiere of No. 2-ranked “The Shield” (3.0 million) by 40% and No. 3-ranked “American Horror Story” (2.8 million) by 50%. And in total viewers, »
- Rick Kissell
Breaking: The first half of 2016 will henceforth always be known as “O.J.” Seriously, we’re in a moment. Through June, it will be nearly impossible to keep O.J. Simpson (and the murder, and his days as an athlete, and his rise to Hollywood stardom, and the conspiracies, and the Bronco, and the Kardashians) far from mind. The immediate reason for this: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the FX mini-series that debuted on February 2 to considerable acclaim. Beyond the subject matter, the original hype was largely due to producer-director Ryan Murphy and his star-studded cast. In the first episode alone, you meet Cuba Gooding Jr., acting almost too naturally as broken man O.J. Simpson; Courtney B. Vance as a pitch-perfect Johnnie Cochran; Sarah Paulson as the chain-smoking Marcia Clark; John Travolta as the comically incompetent Robert Shapiro; and, of course, His Holiness David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. »
- Rembert Browne
The cast of Friends - minus Matthew Perry - recently reunited for an NBC special, and the news has had a lot of fans freaking out. We first got a glimpse of the meetup from Kaley Cuoco, who shared a photo of her and her The Big Bang Theory castmates posing with Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow at the taping of the upcoming James Burrows tribute, and a video preview of the Friends cast doing an interview with Andy Cohen also hit the Internet this week. It wasn't long before fans noticed similarities between a snippet of the clip and a scene from a 2001 episode in which Joey brings Rachel as his date to the Soapie Awards. The cute throwback Gif made the rounds on Tumblr with a reference to "gal pal Rachel Green" - Jennifer Aniston's character hilariously gives herself the moniker »
- Brittney Stephens
Already this season, the survivors of The Walking Dead have endured a walker-dispersal debacle, a blitzkrieg by the Wolves, the fall of Alexandria, Glenn’s “death,” Deanna’s death and enough teen angst to make them feel like they were enrolled at West Beverly High. (Whew.)
But if you think their theme song for Season 6’s second half is gonna be “Things Can Only Get Better,” you’ve got another thing coming. Here’s why you should dread the series’ return (Feb. 14, 9/8c, AMC) as much as look forward to it…
Oh, and need we really warn you? Spoilers ahead, »
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszweski, the writers and producers of The People v. O.J. Simpson, recently did an Ama on Reddit, and we've rounded up the juicy bits for your viewing pleasure. The duo touches on everything from what inspired them to tackle this project to what it was like working with John Travolta and David Schwimmer. Hint: The two were "insanely nice" they said. Read on for more interesting facts, and see what surprised them the most during their research for the show. The writer/producer twosome noted in their Ama that they would not have done the project had it been in the form of a movie. They explained that they would not have been able to fit everything into a short »
Dougray Scott has booked a (one way?) ticket to the zombie apocalypse.
An AMC rep confirmed his casting, but declined to provide details on his role. One theory: He could be playing Casey, a character described in a recent casting breakdown as “a decent man who believes in civility” and “is confident in an unexpected position of authority.” Loyal to his family, »
The 40-second spot boasts a brief moment with the Central Perk gang, in which Bravo impresario Andy Cohen asks, "Did you all sign contracts saying that you wouldn't sleep with each other?"
Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows will also feature appearance from the casts of Mike and Molly, »
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