TV STUFF: Cox Arquette Likes ‘Friends’

The (possible) seventh season of NBC’s long-running hit “Friends” will be sure to boast at least one of its original cast members.

Core Friend Courteney Cox Arquette tells Britain’s TV Times that she has no plans whatsoever to leave the Top 10-rated series.

“Right now the bigger question is about doing a seventh series and beyond that,” Arquette says in the mag. “It won’t be my decision alone.”

“Friends,” which debuted in 1994, is in its sixth season. The show’s pact with the network expires at the end of the current season. Contract renegotiations with its half-dozen stars have been expected to be a prickly point in any new talks.

“We’re going to re-evaluate our situation in the next few months and then we’ll make a decision,” Arquette says. “It has nothing to do with money but with the quality of the show.”

Sure it does.

PLEASE BE A “MILLIONAIRE”: Game-show wizard Regis Philbin has taken it upon himself to single-handedly push racial and gender equity on ABC via his ubiquitous “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” game show.

On Tuesday’s episode, Philbin made an out-of-the-blue, gut-wrenching plea for more minorities and women to join the game show’s predominantly white-male contestant pool.

“Everyone out there who has thought about being on the show — who isn’t a white male — dial that 800 number,” Philbin said. “What’s the worst thing that could happen to you — you might become a millionaire? You have a problem with that? I don’t think so.”

Curiously, ABC is the only major broadcast network that has yet to formalize a diversity plan in response to criticism from the NAACP.

EXTREME CONTACT SPORTS: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The National Football League, which has seen its “Monday Night Football” ratings eroded by pro wrestling, will partner up with the World Wrestling Federation to form a league of their own.

According to reports, the titan of male contact sports and the giant of sports entertainment will unveil an alternative football league, called “XFL,” with an eight-week season. It could launch as early as the spring of 2001.