David Crane

Celebrity

News

Pilot Inspector: Befriending Friends Again, 20 Years Later

Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer

On Sept. 22, 1994, Friends premiered on NBC, and haircuts, coffeehouses, lobsters, trivia games, pivoting, Thanksgiving, pickup lines and break(-up) lines were never the same again. The sitcom phenom's cultural impact endures and its popularity remains unrivaled, but could we have foreseen all that by the time Chandler (Matthew Perry) shared his Liza Minnelli dream?

In honor of the series' 20th anniversary, Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis decided to break out the pilot and look back at the one where it all began.

The hardest Friends quiz you'll ever take


"The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate": Having left her fiancé Barry at the altar ...
read more

Keck's Exclusives: Awkward Late-Night Episodes

Matt LeBlanc

Showtime's Episodes hasn't begun shooting its third season yet, but I already know which installment is going to be my favorite. Creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik are planning to spoof a... read more

Friends Boss on Coming to Blu-ray, the Episode That Never Happened and Where Everyone Is Now

Friends, Kevin Bright

Now we can finally watch Green Acres Friends the way it was meant to be seen.

Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set hits stores Tuesday for the first time, featuring all 236 episodes completely remastered, with 17 hours of extras from the original DVDs and more than three hours of all-new bonus features. Among the new content: New retrospective documentaries, a never-before-seen gag reel, and the original script and producer's cut of Season 8's "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross," which includes a Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) story line that had to be modified in the wake of 9/11. The 21-disc collection is must-have for any diehard Friends fan who has been there since Ross (David Schwimmer) grabbed a spoon or is just learning what the "Joey special" is now in syndication. "I think we have something that's going to make Friends fans really happy," co-executive producer/director Kevin S. Bright tells TVGuide.com.

Friends exclusive: Peek at an extra from the complete series on Blu-ray!

Working with Warner Home Video, Bright was "very involved" in ...
read more

Episodes Renewed for Third Season

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc's Showtime comedy Episodes has been renewed for a nine-episode third season, the cable network announced Thursday.

Episodes stars LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself, a role which earned him his first Golden Globe and Emmy nods since Friends. Joining LeBlanc again will be Stephen Mangan and Tasmin Greig as Sean and Beverly Lincoln, the creators of a hit British show that is remade as a starring vehicle for LeBlanc in the U.S. read more

Episodes: The Creation of "Matt LeBlanc" (and the Destruction of Joey)

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc is a pretty big jerk on Episodes, and not in the neurotic Larry David-on-Curb Your Enthusiasm-kind of way. In the Showtime comedy, LeBlanc plays himself as a lame-brained has-been — with a stinky Joey cologne line to match — but also a womanizer, bum dad, and most recently, the kind of guy who sleeps with his friend's wife without remorse.

It's a complicated if depressing alter ego to take on, and certainly one attention-grabbing way for the real-life LeBlanc to jump back into the spotlight following the 2006 failure of Joey. Executive producers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik say that they didn't craft the part around the real LeBlanc, who in person is pleasant but serious, relaxed but not overly friendly. "Occasionally, he'll be playful, but he's not Joey," Klarik says.

Are the creators of Showtime's Episodes bitter? They don't think so!

"Fake Matt is... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Showtime's Episodes Covers a Taboo Topic

Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc

The February 6 episode of Showtime's Episodes makes jokes about an issue that television comedy has long avoided: rape. The storyline finds Matt LeBlanc (playing an overly clueless version of himself) at a rape prevention benefit, struggling to uncork a bottle of wine — oblivious to the survivor onstage relating the story of her brutal attack. Wickedly funny or brazenly insensitive?

read more

Are the Creators of Showtime's Episodes Bitter? They Don't Think So!

Episodes

It's difficult to believe that the creators of Showtime's Episodes are not holding a grudge against network TV.

Their last series, the CBS sitcom The Class, was axed after one short season, and their follow-up comedy (for cable, natch) is nothing if not an indictment of how the worst broadcast shows get made, sometimes in spite of a great idea. Just take a gander at Episodes' fictional network honcho, a crass and careless tyrant who transforms an urbane British hit about the headmaster of an elite boys school into a broad comedy for American audiences starring Matt LeBlanc.

read more

Matt LeBlanc Makes His TV Comeback

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc spent 12 years in Joey Tribbiani's shoes — first on the classic comedy Friends, then on its not-so-classic spin-off, Joey. But on January 9, the three-time Emmy nominee returns to TV in Showtime's Episodes as someone he's even more familiar with... Matt LeBlanc. Or at least a spoiled, morally bankrupt (and, ahem, very well-endowed) version of the actor, dreamed up for the biting Hollywood satire by cocreator (and former Friends producer) David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik. LeBlanc, now 43 and father to 6-year-old Marina, sat down with TV Guide Magazine for a frank and funny chat about his new comedy, life away from the limelight and why he's opposed to a Friends reunion.

read more

Critic's Notebook: Showtime and the CW

Nikita

The chasm between cable and network programming loomed especially large on Thursday, Day 2 of the Television Critics Association presentations, as Showtime occupied the morning and the CW the afternoon. Never the twain shall meet, as Showtime unveiled a provocative array of shows that caters to the very adult, while the CW, whose focus is anything but, introduced a mere two-pack of new fall shows that rests safely if stylishly within the network's comfort zone of young female empowerment... read more

Friends Creator: Network TV Is "Ruled By Fear and Panic"

Matt LeBlanc

After David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik watched their last  series, The Class, flop on the networks, the creators swore off pitching to broadcast television.

That's why Episodes,  the duo's new Showtime comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, paints a not so flattering portrait of the business behind making network TV shows.

The networks are "ruled by fear and panic," Crane said during Television Critics Association's fall TV previews on Thursday... read more

1 | 2 | Older »

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular