Former Friends co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Matt Leblanc are set to team up on the small screen again for the first time in almost a decade. The actors, who played Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani in the hit U.S. TV sitcom, will reunite on the upcoming third series of Kudrow's Web Therapy nine years after Friends ended.
LeBlanc plays a gambler seeking help from Kudrow's therapist character Fiona Wallice, who takes up betting to help her new patient.
The show's creator Dan Bucatinsky tells E! Online, "(It's the) first time Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc will be onscreen together again since Friends. He plays a gambler and she becomes one, too. That's how good of a therapist she is. She helps him with addiction by becoming a gambler, too. It's awesome."
LeBlanc is the third Friends star to make an appearance on the show - Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer have also had guest spots.
In the wake of the new Tonight Show host announcement, it seems like there's no hard feelings from Conan O'Brien. Well, not directed towards Jimmy Fallon, anyway. During the Wednesday night episode of his late night show Conan, which is spending a week on the road in Atlanta, O'Brien said that Fallon is "the perfect guy" for the job. Fallon will take over the series from Jay Leno in 2014.
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O'Brien, who was given The Tonight Show back in 2009 only to have it unceremoniously returned to Leno less than a year later, said in full, "I want to congratulate Jimmy, that is a really fun gig ... It’s a fun gig and you know what? Jimmy is the perfect guy to do it; he’s going to do a fantastic job. So congratulations, Jimmy.”
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All of the hosts directly involved in the late night war addressed the big news in their monologues. Unsurprisingly, Fallon had a sincere, grateful tone, Leno joked about awkwardness, and David Letterman... well, he went right for the jugular: "NBC, God bless 'em, announced the official date for Jay Leno's departure – no mention of his official date of return, however," he cracked.
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While O'Brien may not have the warmest sentiments for Leno or NBC either (rubbing salt on the ongoing wound, he didn't get a mention in the network's announcement on Wednesday), his kind, supportive words for Fallon show what a class act he is. Plus, Coco still has his own show over on TBS until at least 2015.
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Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins Get Witchy: After a long, complicated casting process, Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins have been cast as the leads in A&E's drama pilot The Occult. The pilot has a fancy pedigree: it will be produced by Michael Bay and written by X-Files alum James Wong, and focus on an X-Files/Fringe hybrid FBI duo that solves cases rooted in the occult. [Deadline]
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Martin Mull is a New Dad!: On TV! Sitcom vet Martin Mull has landed one of the leads in Seth MacFarlane's new Fox comedy show, Dads. The show, which has already received a six-episode order, will feature two successful video game entrepreneurs whose "nightmare" fathers suddenly move in with them. Mull will (duh) play one of those nightmares. [TVLine]
Mr. and Mrs. Bing To Go On: Ring ring — it's the '90s calling. Just to let you know, we're never, ever going away — and now, we're reuniting former Friends lovers Chandler Bing and Monica Gellar-Bing (err, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox) on Perry's new NBC-com Go On. Because, let's face it, your heart for '90s nostalgia will always go on. The pair will go on a set-up date on the April 2 ep of the series. It has not yet been confirmed whether Lisa Kudrow will provide acoustic entertainment. [TVLine]
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The Friends stars will reunite on Perry's hit new comedy Go On in April (13), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
And they'll embark on another romance - when the secretary to Perry's character Ryan King tries to fix him up on a date with Cox.
The reunion is the latest Friends get together - Cox and David Schwimmer have guest starred on Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy; Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston have appeared on an episode of Cox's Cougar Town, and Aniston also guest starred on Cox's comedy Dirt.
Katie Couric Will Return: Beware, all ye catfishers: Katie Couric's talk show, the aptly named Katie, has been renewed for a second season. The news isn't too surprising, given that Couric's chat-fest has ranked as the top freshman syndicated talk show in Households, total viewers and women 25-54 every week since its premiere. Try to get confused about that, Manti! [Deadline]
50 Shades of... 50?: If all goes according to Fox's plans, you may be seeing (and hearing) an animated series based on the wackadoodle childhood of rapper 50 Cent. The network is in negotiations for an animated comedy from the rapper-actor (born Curtis Jackson), which will be loosely based on Jackson’s childhood. It's expected to receive a pilot order, and will follow a "mischievous but well-meaning boy" who "often tangles with his eccentric family and neighborhood" — AKA, 50 Cent is playing Dennis the Menace. [Deadline]
Doctor Who To Go Back in Time: Well, he does that a lot. But BBC America will officially be chronicling the genesis of the beloved series for Cymru Wales’ 50th anniversary Doctor Who TV movie, An Adventure In Space And Time. David Bradley will play the first-ever Doctor, William Hartnell, Brian Cox will be BBC drama head Sydney Newman, who created the show, Jessica Raine will play producer Verity Lambert, and Sacha Dhawan is Waris Hussein, director of the first ever episode. TV movies are cool. [Deadline]
Once Upon a Time-r Back From the Dead: In flashbacks probably, but we'll take it! Season 1's dearly departed Sheriff Graham/the Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) will return to the show this year, after an early and much bemoaned demise. He's dead as a doornail, but was apparently spotted wearing his Storybrooke clothes... WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! [TVLine]
Keep on Krolling: Comedy Central has just renewed Kroll Show for a second season of 10 episodes. The sketch comedy from creator Nick Kroll premiered just two weeks ago to 1.2 million viewers, which was enough for Comedy Central to grant the renewal. [THR]
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The sci-fi series marks its 50th anniversary this year (13) and BBC bosses have commissioned a special feature about the drama as part of the celebrations.
The TV movie, titled An Adventure in Space and Time, tells the story of the show's creation, and Bradley, best known for playing school caretaker Argus Filch in the Potter films, will play Hartnell - the first actor to tackle the title role.
Manhunter star Brian Cox will also appear in the film as the BBC's former head of drama Sydney Newman, and the script has been put together by Mark Gatiss, a regular writer on Doctor Who.
Bradley says of the project, "I first heard about this role from Mark (Gatiss)... When he asked if I would interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television's history."
Gatiss adds, "What a cast! I'm utterly delighted that everyone's favourite Time Lord will be in such brilliant and stellar company. We have a terrific team who can't wait to tell the fascinating and surprising story of how the Doctor began his journey through space and time."
An Adventure in Space and Time will begin filming next month (Feb13) and will air in the U.K. later this year (13).
As Robert Duvall once taught us, the role of godfather is "a very close, a very sacred religious relationship." This does not not only hold true for the Italian-American mafiosi to which Duvall was referring at the time, but for each and all who embrace the tradition. There is no greater honor — no Pulitzer Prize, med school diploma, or rare World's Greatest Mime accolade from Sheboygan, Wisc.'s impossibly selective street theater community (it's all politics now, anyway) — than being named godparent to the child of a close friend or relative. Adding to the list of things that make even their own reflections jealous, The Huffington Post reports that Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z have been handed the godparent titles for the unborn baby of friends Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. While the hearts of fans might be warmed by this news, those wary of what peril might unfurl when a dynasty becomes too powerful are probably reopening their unused apocalypse survival shelters right about now.
But we can worry about the human race's doom at the hands of this ever-growing nucleus of might later. Our main focus now is how cool it is that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are going to be kodparents (that's actually the legal term when it comes to a Kardashian baby) to this highly anticipated human. They'll have a lot to work with when it comes time to set their new titles into action: they've got creativity, entrepreneurial genius, the pipes for party-stopping birthday serenades, a steady supply of Nets tickets. But do the Carters top the list of the greatest godparents Hollywood has seen to date? They do have some formidable competition...
Godfather to: Billy-Ray Burton, son of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
How Does He Fare? Knowing that your godfather is the guy who married a zombie, tortured children in his chocolate factory, killed Anthony Michael Hall with his bladed phalanges, and destroyed a Lewis Carroll classic (all with the help of your father, no less) is sure to give a kid some nightmares.
Godmother to: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, son of Elton John and David Furnish
How Does She Fare? Homemade meat dresses and egg shelters are not necessarily the sort of birthday gifts a kid might want to receive year after year, but the whole "be yourself" attitude is a self-esteem bonus.
Godfather to: Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, twins of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
How Does He Fare? Hopefully, he's not the one teaching the kids math. Fourteen does not come right after three, in any language!
Godfather to: Chloe and Grace Helen Murdoch, daughters of Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch
How Does He Fare? Oh, you mean the guy who's handsome, charming, and perfect in every way? Yeah, he'll do.
Godmother to: Also Chloe and Grace Helen Murdoch (still daughters of Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch)
How Does She Fare? She's no Jackman, but then again, who is? Kidman's a winner nonetheless.
Godmother to: Coco Arquette, daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette
How Does She Fare? Who cares? We're all too happy that Monica and Rachel are still best friends to worry about Aniston's real-life abilities.
Godfather to: Drew Barrymore, self of Drew Barrymore
How Does He Fare? Spielberg's first interaction with his goddaughter launched her into a world of alien life forms, gun-wielding government agents, and near-death experiences... but the magic!
Godfather to: Soul
How Does He Fare? I think we can all give him due credit for this one.
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The former Friends star's eight-year-old daughter Coco handed her the present on 25 December (12), as her ex-husband David Arquette looked on, and she still has no idea who it was from.
It led to an awkward few moments.
She explains, "It was a big pillow and it said 'Tonight' and on the other side it said 'Not tonight' and I was like, 'Well, who is going to be tonight and why not tonight. It was so confusing.
"David was also there with me and I was like, 'This is so odd. I don't know who to do it with tonight...' I just didn't know who the person was I was saying 'not tonight' to. It was a weird gift from someone I didn't know... It was awkward."
Cox chatted about the gift during an appearance on U.S. talk show Conan on Monday night (07Jan13) in the hope that the giver would come forward.
She said, "Maybe this will help."
"He's my best friend in the world. I love him. I appreciate David more now than I ever did... I don't recommend divorce in general but you know, he is my best friend and we've both grown and changed and I think we both appreciate each other more. I hope he does. I do." Courteney Cox on her relationship with estranged husband David Arquette.
On Friday, Hollywood lost one of its most famed mobster-playing actors. Actor Tony Lip, best known for his role as crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in the hit HBO series The Sopranos, passed away Friday in Teaneck, N.J., The Associated Press reports via The New York Times. Lip, who was born Frank Anthony Vallelonga, died at the age of 82 after years of poor health.
Lip was a renowned actor, especially when it came to playing mafioso roles. Besides The Sopranos, he secured the role of real-life Bonanno family gangster Philip Giaccone in Donnie Brasco. He also played Lucchese crime family member Francesco Manzo in Goodfellas. Lip even made his debut film role in The Godfather, after meeting Francis Ford Coppola and Louis DiGiamo at Copacabana Nightclub in New York City.
Lip was born in Beaver Falls, Penn., but grew up in The Bronx. He got his nickname in 1938 because he could out-talk anyone. Lip is survived by his sons Nick Vallelonga and Frank Vallelonga Jr. and one grandson.
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