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Warren Littlefield, NBC's former president of entertainment who's brought us small-screen gems like "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "Frasier," remembers taking a huge gamble on Jennifer Aniston and convincing Debra Messing to do “Will and Grace."

"[It's] 10:30 p.m. at night on Sunset Boulevard," Littlefield tells me on the set of "New York Live." "I’m at the Chevron station gassing up and Jennifer is over at the other island and she comes over and she says, ‘Is it ever going to happen?’ and I say, 'We believe in you, I love you, I so believe in your talent, I’m sure it will.' A few months later, we handed her the 'Friends' script."

But it wasn't quite so simple. Littlefield said that at the time, Aniston was under contract for a CBS series, "Muddling Through." But NBC went ahead with Aniston -- a move that could have "cost us millions of dollars to reshoot. »

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