Matthew Perry's hotly sought-after new comedy pilot ended up in the hands of ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The deal for the untitled comedy is said to include penalties if the pilot doesn't make it to series, almost guaranteeing that the project will get a green light, THR reports. The Friends alum will star in, co-write and executive-produce the project, which will be produced by Sony Pictures TV.
Perry will play a self-involved manager of a second-rate sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday.
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The intense bidding war came down to ABC and NBC, which was home to Friends. The new comedy will be the second on ABC to feature former Friends stars: Courteney Cox currently stars in the Alphabet's Cougar Town.