NBC's Thursday lineup will remain Must-See TV next season: Friends will return for a ninth — and final — season, the Peacock network confirmed late Monday. As part of the new deal, the six stars will each earn $1 million per episode — up from $750,000. "Since we all had the same objective, this was the easiest deal we have ever made," says Jeff Zucker, NBC's entertainment president. "Everyone wanted it to work out, because everyone wanted to be able to send the series out appropriately... and in style." What he really means is, "Phew!"