Matthew Perry is set to be the latest former Friends star to appear on Lisa Kudrow's comedy series Web Therapy. The actors, who played Phoebe Buffay and Chandler Bing on the hit U.S. TV sitcom, will reunite on the upcoming fourth season of Kudrow's programme about therapist Fiona Wallice, who doles out advice to patients online.
Perry is the fourth Friends star to make a cameo appearance on the show - Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer have previously guest starred, leaving Jennifer Aniston as the only cast member who has yet to visit the series.
Other celebrities slated to receive online therapy on the upcoming season are Calista Flockhart, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney and Parenthood stars Lauren Graham and Dax Shepard. Web Therapy is scheduled to return on 22 October (14).
The Fourth Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were held Thursday night, with AMC's Breaking Bad, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, and FX's Fargo coming away with the big wins. The awards, which are chosen by TV critics, have a knack for recognizing the programs and performances that are often overlooked by the other big television award shows. But do the slightly out-there nominees have a chance for gold when it comes to the Primetime Emmys? We've decided to predict the nominees and winners of this year's Emmys based on the winners of last nights Critics Choice Awards. The two award shows might have more winners in common than you would expect.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsThe Americans Breaking BadGame of Thrones The Good Wife Masters of Sex True Detective
Emmy PredictionsBreaking BadGame of ThronesThe Good WifeHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Last year's Emmy winner, Breaking Bad, is coming off a fantastic final season, so it's hard to reason how Vince Gilligan's masterwork won't win the night's big award yet again. But on the slim chance that Bad doesn't win (and we mean slim), True Detective is the most sensible alternative. We don't expect low profile dramas like Masters of Sex and The Americans to be recognized by the Emmys, and the hype on Downton Abbey has cooled of considerably this year. Another Emmy favorite, Homeland, had its worst season yet last year, freeing the category up for some new blood.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsThe Big Bang Theory Broad City Louie Orange Is the New Black Silicon Valley Veep
Emmy PredictionsThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackParks and RecreationVeep
Freshman dramedy Orange Is the New Black will certainly get nominated at the Emmys, but we're doubtful that Netflix's prison series will win the top prize like it did at the Critics' Choice Awards, certainly not in a race that includes Modern Family. The juggernaut of a sitcom has won the category four times in a row, and there's nothing with enough buzz to stop it's warpath. Elsewhere, Critics' Choice nominees like Silicon Valley and Broad City are way off the Emmys radar, and don't stand a chance of getting nominated.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Hugh Dancy, Hannibal Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Matthew Rhys, The Americans Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Emmy PredictionsBryan Cranston, Breaking BadJeff Daniels, The NewsroomJohn Hamm, Mad MenDamien Lewis, HomelandMatthew McConaughey, True DetectiveKevin Spacey, House of Cards
McConaughey came out on top at the Critic's Choice Awards, but despite his massive performance in True Detective, we're doubtful he will best Cranston at the Emmys. We're expecting the rest of the category's Emmy nominees to be rounded out with the usual suspects. While the critics recognized the great performances in Hannibal, The Americans, and Bates Motel, we're doubtful that any of those shows will make it to the Emmys this year, or any year for that matter.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice Awards Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Keri Russell, The Americans Robin Wright, House of Cards
Emmy PredictionsClaire Danes, HomelandJulianna Margules, The Good WifeElisabeth Moss, Mad MenTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackKerry Washington, ScandalRobin Wright, House of Cards
When the dust settles, we're expecting Tatiana Maslany to also win the Emmy in this category. At this point, her hype is insurmountable, and riots might break out if she doesn't leave the Nokia theater with something golden.
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsLouis C.K., Louie Chris Messina, The Mindy Project Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones
Emmy PredictionsDon Cheadle, House of LiesLouis C.K., LouieMatt LeBlanc, EpisodesJim Parsons, The Big Band TheoryAndy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-NineRobin Williams, The Crazy Ones
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons will likely walk home with both awards. In terms of the other nominations, there's no way Chris Messina or Thomas Middleditch have a chance at securing an Emmy nomination. We're also betting that Robin Williams gets nominated, due mostly due organization's usual affection for "veterans" ... or so the Emmys have an excuse to invite the actor to the show and hear his Genie voice.
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsIlana Glazer, Broad City Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Emmy Rossum, Shameless
Emmy PredictionsZooey Deschanel, New GirlLena Dunham, GirlsEdie Falco, Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepMelissa McCarthy, Mike & MollyAmy Poehler, Parks and RecreatonLouis-Dreyfus' foul-mouthed vice-prez will likely win the Emmy along with the Critics' Choice Award this year. As for the other nomination slots, Glazer and Schumer have no chance at getting nominated for Emmys. We're expecting the rest of the nomination list to be filled up with Emmys regulars like Melissa McCarthy and Edie Falco.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsJosh Charles, The Good Wife Walton Goggins, Justified Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing Jon Voight, Ray Donovan Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Emmy PredictionsPeter Dinklage, Game of ThronesWalton Goggins, JustifiedAaron Paul, Breaking BadDean Norris, Breaking BadMandy Patinkin, HomelandJeffery Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Aaron Paul seems like a lock for the Emmys this year. The only person we could see upsetting what is basically destiny at this point is Peter Dinklage, who had a massive year on Game of Thrones. As for the other nominees, we are actually expecting the two award shows to stack up pretty similarly. Mandy Patinkin will definitely get an Emmy nod, while there might be enough space in the mix for long-snubbed Walton Goggins. One can dream, right?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsChristine Baranski, The Good Wife Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Annet Mahendru, The Americans Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy Bellamy Young, Scandal
Emmy PredictionsChristine Baranski, The Good WifeEmilia Clarke, Game of ThronesAnna Gunn, Breaking BadChristina Hendricks, Mad MenMichelle Monaghan, True DetectiveMaggie Smith, Downton Abbey
While Anna Gunn didn't secure a Critics' Choice Award for the last season of Breaking Bad, we're betting she goes home with an Emmy this September. As for the other nominees, we don't expect Maggie Siff, Melissa McBride, and Annet Mahendru to get an Emmy nod, even though each actress certainly deserves the recognition.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Keith David, Enlisted Tony Hale, Veep Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley Jeremy Allen White, Shameless
Emmy PredictionsAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-NineJesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilyEric Stonestreet, Modern FamilyTy Burrell, Modern FamilyTony Hale, VeepNick Offerman, Parks and RecreationAt this point, the supporting actor in a comedy category should be renamed the "Which Modern Family actor hasn't won in a while?" and that honor goes to Ferguson. Even though the Critics' Choice Awards don't feature a single nominee from ABC's dominant sitcom, expect at least three nominees from the show on Emmy night. Four if Ed O'Neil sneaks his way onto the bill. Also, kudos to the Critics Choice awards for nominating Albert Tsai for Trophy Wife. Bert will live in our hearts forever.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsMayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory Allison Janney, Mom Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Emmy PredictionsMayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyAllison Janney, MomKate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New BlackSofia Vergara, Modern FamilyMerrit Weaver, Nurse Jackie
It might be crazy talk, but we think this category is Orange Is the New Black's best chance for its first Emmy. The show has such a dynamite supporting cast and heavy following that it may be able to crack the winner's circle in its first year of eligibility. We're thinking Kate Mulgrew has a good chance since Modern Family isn't nearly as dominant in this category as it is in Best Supporting Actor.
We've got the best highlights of this week's late night talk shows, beginning with a rock and roll duet on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Remember, you can catch all the late night highlights every week, right here on Hollywood.com
A Traffic Jam SessionPeople were seeing double on Tuesday night when Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen sang about the "Bridge-Gate" scandal that's rocked the Garden State. And check out the guns on The Boss! Looks like somebody's been doing their pushups.
Photo OpportunityMatt LeBlanc's photogenic face was all Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo wanted when they asked to have their pictures taken with him behind those "stick-your-face" cardboard cutouts. Who knew Matt LeBlanc played Rudy Huxtable?
A Bunch of SissiesJon Stewart tackles the "feminization" of American culture on The Daily Show.
Linguistic History"Said no one ever" could be a thing of the past with Conan O'Brien's new segement, "Things That Have Never, Ever Been Said."
Reading Is FundamentalStephen Colbert takes an in-dept look at UNC's illiterate college football players. And to think they were this stupid before they took one too many hits to the head...
He's Still Got ItThe legendary Bill Cosby was his old, rambling self when he performed stand-up (or more accurately, sit-down) on Late Show with David Letterman.
Ice AgeEarlier this week on The Tonight Show, Vanessa Hudgens talked about being caught up in the "portal vortex."
Off-PitchersNew York Yankees' C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira were on the key of awful sharp when they sang on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Throwback Thursday with Kid N'PlayIn case anyone had doubts that Arsenio Hall is still stuck in the 90s, Kid N' Play made a surprise appearance on his show this week. You could almost hear the Millenials collectively wondering "who are they?"
Good, Old FunDavid Letterman's funniest "Top 10" list this week listed the thoughts of the 100-year-old woman who hired a stripper to celebrate her birthday. With that image burned into your head, it's hard to shake off.
It has felt like a long trip in a hot desert, comedy-wise, for NBC. The only cool drink they have right now is Parks and Rec (which they just put on hiatus...sigh). Everything else over the years has been crumbling to dust. Community has been good too, but it's been too up-and-down. The days of the Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Seinfeld juggernauts are long gone.
NBC has tried trotting out its old heroes from the past. First Matthew Perry foundered on Go On. I'm rooting for Michael J. Fox to succeed and add another success to the the NBC ledger. They also brought back Sean Hayes, who we all remember from Will & Grace. Admirable casting efforts but I'm not sure they are winning ones. They also can't keep hoping that past actors will bring the same amount of success. Hayes was great on Will & Grace, but he might not catch lighting in a bottle. Perry has had two failed shows since his return. They don't have a shot with Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow. Jennifer Aniston might still be too big a movie star to do anything but the brief cameo appearance. I think David Schwimmer is still looking for work, though.
The Peacock has to be better about picking good comedy scripts and nurturing the ones that might struggle at first. They can't keep yanking them around like they did with Community. I know that's a very tough business and desperation can make people even more impatient than usual. But if they stick with a plan, they can get people watching weekday comedies and not just rely on Saturday Night Live for their consistent laughs.
There was a time when NBC was king of the comedy landscape. As long ago as it was, they may be able to scale those heights again. But at the rate that this is going, it's going to be a long climb.
Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow wish they had spoken up and fought for more series of Friends when the team behind the hugely popular sitcom ended it in 2004. The show ran for 10 seasons and is often voted the most beloved U.S. comedy show of all time, while making household names of its stars, Perry, Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.
The pair, who played Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay, got nostalgic during a chat on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, for which Perry is acting as guest host, and admitted they would have loved to have carried on with the show for longer.
Perry said, "I find myself reminiscing about how much fun the show was, how many hours we worked and how much we laughed. And If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped... In that meeting where we all went, 'Let's stop' I would have probably said, 'Hey, let's not stop.'"
Kudrow agreed, adding, "If it were up to us, you know, individually, then yeah. I would keep going ... We had a lot of fun."
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's recent performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity high above the earth brought back bad memories for French musician Jean Michel Jarre, who had hoped to feature tragic spaceman Ron Mcnair playing a saxophone solo at a gig in 1986. Jarre had planned to link up with McNair on board space shuttle Challenger as part of a show in Houston, Texas, and watched in horror as his pal and his crewmates perished when the craft disintegrated just 73 seconds after lift-off.
And Jarre reveals Hadfield's out-of-this-world tribute to Bowie, performed 230 miles (370 kilometres) above the planet on the International Space Station and posted online on 12 May (13), took him back to one of the worst days of his life.
He tells CelebrityAccess contributor Larry LeBlanc, "When I heard about the astronaut wanting to play music, obviously, it reminded me of this quite hard time... I could write a book around this concert in Houston.
"For the first time in its history, NASA wanted to be part of a cultural event. We had this idea of having a live link in space, and a song performed, not just as an engineer and a scientist, but also an artist playing saxophone live. It was really moving. Writing a piece of saxophone for NASA is quite challenging for a musician.
"Then we did it, and Ron was rehearsing until the last minute. (I said), 'OK, I'll give you a rendezvous in space,' which was a time to play together, with me in Houston, onstage over the skyline, and him in outer space.
"He said, 'Watch me on television for the take-off...' and we saw the tragedy. We were all in tears. I wanted to cancel the whole thing (concert). The astronauts in Houston said, 'You have to go on. You have to do this concert as a tribute to the astronauts.'"
Courteney Cox has been spending most of her time recently in Cougar Town, but she's about to step behind the camera to direct her first feature film, Hello I Must Be Going. It's written by David Flebotte and will star Seann William Scott and Kate Walsh. The film is about Ted Morgan (Scott), a depressed man who heads back to his hometown to right some wrongs before committing suicide. Walsh will play his sister-in-law Kathleen.
Cox isn't the first former Friends star to try her hand at something outside the realm of traditional acting. David Schwimmer has also done his share of big screen directing, while Lisa Kudrow created an improvised comedy series called Web Therapy, which aired online until Showtime picked it up in 2011. Matthew Perry also created his own series, the comedy Mr. Sunshine, and recently produced the show Go On (though neither lasted more than one season). Most bizarre of the lot: Matt LeBlanc produced Jonah Hex, and we all know how that turned out (not great).
Finally, there's Jennifer Aniston, who has mainly done standard acting jobs since Friends, but that seems to be working out pretty well for her. So stick to it Jen.
While this is Cox's feature directorial debut, she has previously directed episodes of Cougar Town, not to mention the 2012 Lifetime movie Talhotblond. Hello I Must Be Going (which shares a title with an independent dramedy released last year, and as such will probably find itself undergoing a name change) starts filming later this month, so there's no way to tell yet how it might turn out. But we do know it's not on Lifetime, so that's a step in the right direction already.
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Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry staged a hilarious mini-Friends reunion for mutual pal Ellen Degeneres' U.S. talk show. Aniston, who co-hosted Wednesday's (22May13) programme with the comedienne, showed up unannounced at Perry's home to ask for advice from the actor, who recently joined DeGeneres as a presenter.
Referring to her former TV comedy castmate as David - a reference to their co-star David Schwimmer, Aniston said, "I just don't know as many dumb jokes as you."
Perry scolded his old pal for turning up on his doorstep at 8am, insisting she should call first, and reminded her that they're no longer Friends, stating, "We haven't actually seen each other in a really long time, like, eight years."
Adding to the tense stand-off, Cox appeared at the door, pretending she had spent the night with Perry and then referred to her real-life best pal Aniston as Lisa - mixing her up with another castmate, Lisa Kudrow.
Cox stormed off in mock disgust as Perry pretended to hit on Aniston and the skit ended with DeGeneres crawling past Perry and her wife Portia DeRossi dashing out of his apartment as the actor screamed, "LeBlanc, get out of the fountain, man."
Matt LeBlanc was the sixth member of the Friends cast.
On Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Aniston admitted she missed working with "Matty and Court" and the skit they filmed together made her "very nostalgic".
She added, "It's a great thing to go back to your family like that. Also, I know that people will love it."
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.