Lisa Kudrow Reunites With Courteney Cox for ‘Friends’ Trivia Game
Phoebe and Monica got back together to test their “Friends” knowledge on “Celebrity Name Game” which originally aired Sept. 20.
In the special bonus round clip, Courteney Cox gives clues to words and phrases associated with “Friends” and Lisa Kudrow has to guess the answer.
“I was married to him.” Chandler Bing
“Where we had coffee.” Central Perk
“You sang a song about it.” Smelly Cat
The only clue that caused the unflappable Kudrow to even mildly stumble was, “He was across the way. We would look at him through the binoculars.”
The answer: “Ugly Naked Guy.”
Overall the two ace the quiz and end the match with an adorable high five.
Nearly all of the core six members of the “Friends” crew reunited as recently as February during NBC’s tribute to director James Burrows. Matthew Perry was sadly absent because he was filming in London.
Still, when they’re not quizzing each other on Craig Ferguson’s game show, Cox and Kudrow are still keeping busy. Following the cancellation of her show “Cougar Town,” Cox most recently starred in the 2016 film “Mothers and Daughters” with Susan Sarandon. Kudrow, meanwhile, recently had a guest turn on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2 and will appear in the highly-anticipated “The Girl on the Train.”
Highlighting the ongoing popularity of Friends around the world!
Friends most watched English show on Indian TV in January-June
‘Friends’ was followed by two American reality series—‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, another gem from the 1990s, and the more recent ‘Impractical Jokers’.
We are halfway into 2016, and as usual, Hindi general entertainment channels continued to dominate Indian television in terms of viewership in these six months. Here, Mint tells you what Indians watched across English entertainment and movie channels between January and June.
Re-runs of classic American sitcom, Friends, on Viacom18’s Comedy Central was the most watched English TV show between January and June, with a total viewership calculated by impressions at 2.08 million, according to data shared by TV ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). Impressions refer to the number of individuals in thousands of a target audience who viewed an event, averaged across minutes. It is also known as television viewership in thousands, as per information on BARC India, a broadcast audience research firm.
Premiered in May 1994, this iconic show is still considered comfort food for audiences across the world, even after two decades, and makes for a great binge watching experience. A March 2016 article in the New York magazine about the popularity of Friends stated, “Between its various syndicated airings, the show still draws a weekly audience of 16 million in the US, a big enough viewership to make it a viable hit on current network TV (and that’s not even including streaming). In the UK, ratings for Friends repeats are growing, up more than 10% percent in 2015 from the previous year.”
Whilst browsing YouTube today I came across this great clip of Matthew Perry on The Graham Norton Show earlier this year; Graham Norton asked Matthew the questions about Chandler from the infamous ‘quiz’ episode (The One With The Embryos) in Season 4, to see how many he knew the answer to …
Co-creator Marta Kaufman was asked about Friends in a new interview with Deadline; here is her response:
You don’t shy away from topics that other shows won’t touch. What inspired you to push the envelope in that way?
Some of it had to do with my own personal change of direction after Friends, which was an amazing amount of fun and an incredible ten years. But after that, I felt like I wanted to go deeper. I don’t want to have to worry about how many jokes are on a page, and I want to be able to talk about stuff that’s more meaningful, and because, I am someone who–I don’t mince words. I’m fairly careful not to insult people, but I certainly don’t hold back, much to other people’s chagrin.
Do people still nag you to bring back Friends?
Yes. They nag me all the time about it and my answer is that Friends was a show about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and in a weird way, this isn’t that different. Once you start having family of your own it changes, and the show was over. A show has a lifespan I believe, it has a lifespan like anything else, and there’s no reason to continue doing it just because people miss the characters. Watch the old ones, there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it.
Friends fans: FriendsFest is back and it’s going on tour – how to get to tickets
When FriendsFest arrived in London in September last year, tickets sold out in just 13 minutes. Now, the “Friends experience” has teamed up with the Luna Cinema and is returning to the UK for a six-week tour of England’s stately homes (Irish, Scottish and Welsh fans are sadly being missed out). Destinations include Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, and famous rock concert venue Knebworth House.
Each location will feature recreated sets, props from the show and interactive elements. As was the case last year, fans will be able to hang out in Monica and Rachel’s apartment. But there will also be a host of new things to explore, including a new Central Perk set, Monica’s Moon Dance Diner, Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Joey’s Sand Mermaid from the episode where they went to the beach, plus an Eighties silent disco.
There will be food stalls, a cocktail bar, Smelly Cat karaoke, table football and even a mocked up Las Vegas love chapel.
But for anyone still desperately clinging on to the hope of a Friends reunion, well, it still isn’t happening. Co-creator Marta Kauffman was asked, yet again, about the topic and they were told, yet again, that there’s still nothing planned now or in the foreseeable future.
“Watch the old ones; there is no way we could win that,” she told Deadline. “And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it.”
So this festival is the best Friends fans can hope for.
Pre-sale ticket registration is open now and you can sign up on Comedy Central’s website.
Early bird tickets will be released at 10am on Thursday 30 June. General sale begins on Friday at 10am. Tickets will cost £24 and this is where it is happening:
Haggerston Park, Hoxton, London: Weds 24 Aug – Monday 29 Aug
Chiswick House and Gardens, London: 1 Sept – 4 Sept
Hylands House, Essex: 7 Sept – 11 Sept
Harewood House, Yorkshire: 14 Sept – 18 Sept
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire: 21 Sept – 25 Sept
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire: 28 Sept – 1 Oct
Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman was involved in The Hollywood Reporters recent Comedy Showrunner Roundtable, and in it she spoke briefly about Friends:
Comedy Showrunner Roundtable: Reunions You’ll Never See (Sorry, ‘Friends’ Fans!), Diversity and How to Write Sex Scenes
Six comedy series chiefs — Kenya Barris, Nahnatchka Khan, Marta Kauffman, Aline Brosh McKenna, David Mandel and Alan Yang — let it rip on the sex acts they still can’t believe they got past Standards (yes, “chicken cooping” is a real thing), why they don’t like spinoffs and the challenges that come with trying to tell your story when you don’t look like everyone else in Hollywood: “Black people don’t get to write for white people.”
David and Marta, you worked on juggernauts during the ’90s with Seinfeld and Friends. What could you get away with then that you wouldn’t be able to get away with now? And, conversely, what can you do now that you definitely could not have done then?
MARTA KAUFFMAN When we did the lesbian wedding episode of Friends, everybody was up in arms. [NBC] put 104 operators on for fear of getting a million phone calls. They got two. A month later, they got the letters, but nobody called. And the letters were all from the Rev. [Donald] Wildmon. What a putz!
I know how much you enjoy the questions about a Friends reunion.
KAUFFMAN Oh, oh, don’t even. I don’t know how many ways we can say no.
BROSH MCKENNA It’s a [testament] to the love of the show and the renewed relevance of the show.
KAUFFMAN They can watch it on Netflix!
David Schwimmer stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden last week and joined James (and later-on actress Rebel Wilson) in a Drop The Mic. rap battle. It’s worth the watch, especially because it included many Friends references – how many did you catch?
Emilia Clarke Fangirls Over Matt LeBlanc, Asks Him to Say “How You Doin’?”
Emilia Clarke is a star on one of the biggest shows on TV these days, but she’s too busy fangirling over Matt LeBlanc to notice.
Both LeBlanc and Clarke appeared on The Graham Norton Show where the Game of Thrones actress couldn’t help but blush and gush over the Friends alum. The Me Before You actress, 29, has a massive crush on the 48-year-old actor, so she couldn’t contain herself while sitting next to him on the couch. Even when he confessed he stopped watching her HBO show after the first season, she overlooked it.
“I watched it the first season, and then I kind of fell out of it, and then I tried to watch it this season and I don’t know what’s going on,” LeBlanc explained.
“It’s OK,” Clarke responded. “You’ve seen the good bits.”
Despite everything that has happened since season one—goodbye, Hodor—Clarke continued to assure him that he didn’t miss much. Given his faux pas, however, Clarke was in the perfect position to ask him a “slight request” before the show ended.
“Would you be able to ask me how I’m doing?” she requested.
LeBlanc laughed and acknowledged that he would do it, but not before host Graham Norton warned, “You can say no, but everyone would hate you.”
The pressure! Of course, he happily obliged. LeBlanc suavely asked Clarke, “How you doin’?” and made the Mother of Dragons blush a deep shade of red. She admitted the pick-up line still worked its magic all these years later, and Kate Beckinsale, who was also a guest on the episode, agreed.