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Jessica Knappett doesn't feel the need to defend E4's Drifters from its critics ("The ratings speak for themselves"), but the young actress/writer/producer is keen to hit back at accusations that the sitcom - returning for a second series this week - is unrealistic.
"There's a whole episode in the first series that is honestly almost entirely drawn from my real life - and that is the one that people have commented is the least plausible!" she says.
Drifters - the raucous tale of three female friends struggling to find their way in life - earned an average audience of over 500k last year, and while Knappett's more than happy with its performance, she adds that series two "has moved on slightly".
"It's matured, it's more confident. We've taken all the things that we liked about the first series and run with that, and made it bigger and better, »
Back in May, the cast of the Emmy-winning coming-of-age TV series The Wonder Years reunited to film some extras for the show's DVD release. The beloved show about growing up in the 1960s (filmed in the late '80s and early '90s) has been off the air for two decades, and the actors hadn't all gotten together in over 16 years. Stars Fred Savage and Jason Hervey shared a few "sneak peek" pics on Twitter, but the general public would have to wait a little longer to fully indulge in our childhood nostalgia. Well, that long wait has finally come to an end. »
- Saryn Chorney, @sarynthumps
Now that it’s finally been released on DVD, we look at the TV shows that built on The Wonder Years’ foundations…
The Wonder Years, famous for being the show that made a generation of kids nostalgic for a decade they’d never even set foot in, finally arrived on DVD this month following the resolution of a years-long music rights tangle. Neal Marlens and Carol Black’s comedy drama ran for six seasons between 1988 and 1993 on ABC, following Fred Savage’s Kevin Arnold through his late-sixties and early-seventies suburban adolescence.
Thematically, stylistically, and tonally, The Wonder Years blazed a trail for television comedy and teen-focused drama that was subsequently traipsed down by numerous shows, from the superlative Freaks And Geeks and My So-Called Life to How I Met Your Mother, Malcolm In The Middle and countless others. Its innovative film-style use of a single-camera, lack of laughter track, fourth-wall breaking, »
First 'Gilmore Girls' and now 'Friends' will be streaming on Netflix.
First Gilmore Girls and now Friends will be streaming on Netflix. Who needs actual friends when there's so much binge watching to be had?!
Video: Is the Cast of Friends Still Friends?
Netflix broke the news via Twitter Wednesday that the beloved NBC sitcom would be available for streaming come Jan. 1, 2015. Happy New Year, indeed!
The tweet included a video of The Rembrandts singing an acoustic version of their now iconic Friends theme song, "I'll be There For You," on location at New York City's Central Perk Pop Up on Oct. 6. Just like old times, Gunther (James Michael Tyler) was on hand in the video to work the coffee machines.
Photos: 6 Most Important Moments at Central Perk on 'Friends'
They will all be there for you, Jan.1, 2015 https://t.co/EdGNWtFsZl
— Netflix Us (@netflix) October 15, 2014
Friends aired on prime-time television from 1994-2004, and just this »
Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey will now be there for you whenever you want thanks to a new streaming deal. Every episode of “Friends” will be available on Netflix for viewers in the U.S. and Canada as of Jan. 1, 2015, it was announced on Wednesday. See photos: Inside ‘Friends’ Central Perk Opening Party, Miles Teller's One Night Fling (Photos) The deal includes all 10 seasons, totaling 236 episodes and 83 hours of comedy, from the NBC series that launched the careers of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer in 1994. Also read: ‘Friends’ Scores 20-Episode Marathon. »
- Debbie Emery
Netflix has the perfect hangover cure for New Year's Day 2015: All 236 episodes of "Friends." The long-running NBC hit will be available exclusively on the streaming site beginning January 1, 2015. Although a few episodes have popped up on NBC.com, this will be the first time that all 10 seasons (totaling some 83 hours) has been available on a streaming subscription service. Nominated for dozens of Emmys, "Friends" starred Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer, and was loaded with huge guest stars ranging from Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis to Julia Roberts and Winona Ryder. Below is the announcement video which features a facsimile of the familiar Central Perk set, where The Rembrandts perform an acoustic version of the show's iconic theme -- complete with all the verses you didn't memorize -- as grumpy barista and Rachel's former boss Gunther (James Michael Tyler) watches. What's your alltime favorite episode? »
- Dave Lewis
Netflix has the perfect cure for your New Year's hangover: Friends. The beloved NBC comedy will make its Netflix debut on January 1, 2015. All 10 seasons will be available instantly. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Netflix released the below video of The Rembrandts singing the classic theme song at the Central Perk shop in New York City. The comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The first episode aired on Thursday, Sept. 22, 1994. To celebrate the occasion, Warner Bros. launched a pop-up Central Perk coffee house in New York City. Story developing »
Due Out: October 7, 2014
Who’S It For? “The Wonder Years” is timeless. Thankfully it doesn’t feel dated simply because I was a child of the ’80s trying to understand life in the late ’60s. “The Wonder Years” was my gateway drug to a nostalgia I didn’t even know. Like many of you, I grew up with Kevin. I hoped for Winnie, I had friends like Paul (and probably was Paul more than I realized).
I can’t wait to show “The Wonder Years” to my son. I’ll have to wait, because he hasn’t even turned two yet, but now I have six episodes to show him, and hopefully that will just be the beginning.
TV Score: 10/10
Courtesy of Starvista
Named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s, »
- Jeff Bayer
Larry David recently rewrote the rulebook on TV reunions when he staged a comeback for Seinfeld within Curb Your Enthusiasm. That idea seems to have rubbed off on the Friends personnel – ironic really, as David has accused them of plundering his sitcom in the past. With the 20th anniversary of the mates-based smash in peoples’ minds we’ve seen Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow reconvene on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Now David Schwimmer has reportedly signed up to appear as himself in Episodes. The fish-out-of-water BBC comedy, created by the Friends team of David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and starring Matt LeBlanc, is entering its fourth series and it seems they are celebrating the Big Two Oh by getting Schwimmer back to reminisce about Ross.
The source for this sensational story? Erm, The Sun. But it’s a likely bet that Schwimmer would be amenable to the idea. He »
- Steve Palace
In celebration of "Friends" turning 20 this week -- and the release of three new boxed sets of the series -- Warner Bros. compiled a 236-second supercut recognizing some of the greatest moments from the show's 236 episodes.
The clip highlights iconic scenes featuring Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) throughout "Friends"' 10-series run, including Phoebe singing "Smelly Cat," Joey asking "How you doin'?," and Ross shouting "We Were On A Break!" (For the record, we're Team Rachel all the way on that one.)
It's a great reminder of how fun and irreverent the series was, and why it remains a favorite staple of TV syndication today. Check it out below, and chime in with your favorite "Friends" memories in the comments.
The "Friends" box sets "The Beginning" (seasons 1-3), "The Middle" (seasons 4-7), and "The End" (seasons 8-10) are available now. »
- Katie Roberts
Many TV fanatics would consider "Friends" as one of the best shows ... ever. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show's premiere -- which takes place today, September 22 -- we're taking a look back at the careers of the Central Perk six: Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey.Click the gallery above to see how everyone has aged -- and keep reading to see what they've been up to since the classic sitcom.Jennifer Aniston won an Emmy playing the perfectly coiffed Rachel Green. She later became one of Hollywood's biggest stars on the big screen, starring in movies like "Office Space," "The Break-Up" and "Horrible Bosses." She was married to Brad Pitt from 2000-2005 and is currently engaged to Justin Theroux. "Friends" Reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live Is Everything -- Watch Now!Courteney Cox -- a.k.a Monica Gellar -- starred in the four "Scream" movies, where she met ex-husband David Arquette. »
- tooFab Staff
It's the 20th anniversary of the Friends premiere. We were first on the set with the cast in 1994.
It's hard to believe but 20 years ago today we were first introduced to Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe on Friends. To celebrate the milestone anniversary of one of the most popular sitcoms ever made, we're taking you behind the scenes with the not-so-famous cast before the series even premiered!
"It's like you're always stuck in second gear and when it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, I'll be there for you."
It's the words heard in the opening credits of what has become one of the most beloved sitcoms of our generation. The initial pitch for the series was simple: the story of six twenty-something friends who live in New York City. No one could have predicted the cast's uncanny chemistry let alone the show's staying power.
Video- Is The »
It may be hard to believe, but NBC's "Friends" is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. It debuted on the peacock network September 22, 1994. A new archival search offers up a load of photos and cast videos from that first season. When the show premiered, the cast of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer were barely known to the public. Aniston and Kudrow would go on to Emmy wins for the comedy while all three men were also nominated. The show finally won as Best Comedy Series at the Emmys for its eighth season in 2002. It finished its run on NBC after 10 seasons in May, 2004. E! Online -Break- Kate Aurthur offers up 10 fall television shows that should make you excited and four to avoid completely. On her "excited" list are: "The Affair," "The Chair," "Death Comes to Pemberley," "The Flash," "How to Get Away with Murder, »
Thought Manhattan’s Central Perk pop-up coffeeshop couldn’t get any cooler? Think again. (I should note right up top that I’m using the word “cool” relatively.)
Last night, a preview of the temporary space—which officially opened Wednesday—featured a very special musical guest. Nope, it wasn’t Lisa Kudrow as Central Perk mainstay Phoebe Buffay, or David Schwimmer’s Ross showing off his “sound”: It was the pop-rock duo of Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, better known as The Rembrandts. Really, though, they’re best known as the guys who sing Friends’ clap-happy earworm of a theme song. »
- Hillary Busis
However, Wheeler told Digital Spy that she was hoping for Janice to end up in bed with Joey as well.
"Yes [I'm upset]!" she said. "Absolutely. When Matt LeBlanc had his show Joey, I strongly suggested to the producers that they should bring me on. I think it was her last stone unturned."
Asked what the couple would be like, she replied: "Janice and Joey? Great for her - hell for him!"
Elsewhere, Wheeler admitted that the moment when the audience discovers that Janice has slept with Ross was her favourite surprise entrance.
"The audience had no idea - absolutely no idea - that I was coming," she said. »
90s nostalgia is running rampant, with The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story airing on Labor Day, Girl Meets World pulling in huge ratings for Disney, and a Full House reboot on the way. Now comes the Friends reunion we've all been waiting for, which happened last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Just like everyone else on the planet Jimmy Kimmel was a big fan of the show Friends. In fact he loved it so much that he wrote some Friends fan fiction and he managed to get Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow to act it out with him. Check it out.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow have reunited over the years on their various tv series and projects, but this is the first time the trio has appeared on the Friends set since the final episode aired in May of 2004.
But where is Matt LeBlanc, »
The five minute sketch, which followed Aniston’s guest appearance on the show, began with Kimmel telling the actress he was a huge fan of the ’90s sitcom and that he wanted to act out some “fan fiction” with her. Shortly after, Cox and Kudrow surprised the live audience on Kimmel’s fake set of Rachel and Monica’s apartment (“it cost us $80,000 to build this,” he joked).
Kimmel played Ross in the sketch (David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc did not appear) to the sexual admiration of his fellow “Friends,” who ‘performed’ jokingly in character as Rachel, Monica and Phoebe.
The surprise is said to be tied to next month’s 20th anniversary of the NBC show’s premiere. To further commemorate the occasion, a replica of the »
- Variety Staff
Calling all Friends fans in (or with access to) New York City: You’re about to get an exciting perk. Central Perk, that is.
Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the NBC sitcom’s iconic coffee shop in New York City this fall, Entertainment Weekly was first to report.
In addition to providing free coffee, the pop-up location in downtown Manhattan will allow visitors to take photos on the orange couch from the show, enjoy weekly musical performances — perhaps David Schwimmer will have another go on the keyboard? — and play trivia games. Bonus: James Michael Tyler »
Ariel Vromen’s next film – Criminal – is shaping up to be proof positive of the filmmaker’s ability to attract fascinating casting combinations. Where his previous movie – 2012’s The Iceman – featured Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer, his forthcoming venture is bringing in names even more legendary in nature.
The plot centres around a dangerous criminal, who is tasked by the CIA to complete a dead agent’s mission after they implant that agent’s memories and experiences into his brain. Kevin Costner will feature in the leading role, with Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman also signing up. By anyone’s standards, that’s quite a lot of testosterone, so we now have the announcement that Alice Eve will also co-star.
Having built a solid foundation for herself in recent years, with supporting roles in films such as The Raven, »
- Sarah Myles
Details have been revealed about the much-mooted Broadway debut of popular curmudgeon and co-creator of Seinfeld Larry David. Fish In The Dark, written by David, showcases the Curb Your Enthusiasm star in a role that shockingly isn’t a million miles from what he does best. Throw in a plot, so to speak, about a family bereavement and you have all the ingredients for a comedy blacker than Marilyn Manson’s duvet cover. Unless he’s planning a deviation into dramatic territory (highly unlikely but we can’t rule it out) this looks to be more of the trademark Larry-based calamity, though the chance to see this brilliant performer spew venom live makes the production a hot ticket from the off.
David famously put himself on the New York stage in a fictionalized capacity opposite David Schwimmer in The Producers via Curb, so Fish In The Dark has him putting »
- Steve Palace
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