The cast and creators of Friends have long maintained that a reunion will never happen. Never say never as the saying goes. Slowly we’re inching ever so close to that Friends reunion.
We’ve seen a combination of pairings of the former Friends on various shows. Courteney Cox appeared on Matthew Perry’s now-canceled Go On. Both Jennifer Aniston and Cox appeared together on Cougar Town and Dirt. Lisa Kudrow reunited with Matt Leblanc on Web Therapy and also popped up on Cougar Town. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the first time we’ve had three of them appear together since the NBC show went off the air.
Aniston called Cox and Perry to help promote her co-hosting stint on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. In the promo clip, Aniston arrives at Perry’s house for advice since he’s co-hosted with Ellen previously. She mistakenly calls him David [Schwimmer] and jokes about his canceled show Go On. Soon after Cox pops up and also has problems remembering names. She refers to Jen as Lisa [Kudrow]. Check out the video below which also features DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi making brief cameos.
Since it’s Game of Thrones Sunday, I thought I’d share a couple of GoT-related clips. Both are ridiculous but somewhat entertaining, even for me and I don’t watch the HBO show. Yes, I realize I’m missing out, but have the show queued up. Soon enough, I’ll be caught up with all you folks.
The first clip involves Games of Thrones footage spliced up with the Friends theme song. A couple of weeks ago, I shared a similar video with The CW’s Arrow getting a Friends-type of intro. IMHO, this one works better because GoT is far more serious and hearing “I’ll Be There For You” associated with it is the last thing you’d expect. Emilia Clarke and them prove they’ll be “heir” for you in the fan made clip.
Next up is Funny or Die’s hilarious recap of the show. I’m so glad Jonathan the hairdresser is back to deliver his unique viewpoints. This time he amps it up by bringing along Alfie Allen who stars in the HBO show. Check out his fierce musings on this week’s Gay of Thrones which includes twerking, Alfie’s gang rape scene, the three “T’s” and three “B’s.” It’s must-see FOD.
Can you picture Arrow with a Friends-type of intro? Imagine no more. Some enterprising individual spliced together scenes from The CW show with the theme song from the classic NBC sitcom. Truthfully, it kinda works. The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You” is definitely appropriate given that Stephen Amell and his crew are always there for each other.
Before you watch it, I’m not even going to hype it up as the best thing ever. That said, for some reason I find it oddly fascinating and entertaining. It’s a shame the majority of shows today don’t create catch intros anymore. Instead, their logo pops up for a hot second before the next scene begins. Check out Arrow‘s fan-made intro below. You never know, maybe the network likes what it sees and will create something similar for Season 2. LOL.
Like the theme song claims, they’ll be there for each other. That’s exactly what Courteney Cox is doing to help her former Friends co-star. NBC’s Go On initially debuted to strong ratings, but as the weeks followed, the numbers dwindled. What was at one time considered a guaranteed renewal, Matthew Perry’s comeback vehicle is now on the bubble. For his sake, Courteney’s guest appearance better give Go On a ratings boost. I know I’ll be tuning in to see the Bings together again.
This isn’t the first time Cox has reunited with her former Friends. She enticed both Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston to appear on Cougar Town. Her Go On appearance will mark the first time she’s appeared with Perry since Friends went off the air in 2004. Her episode will air on April 2 on NBC. If you’re curious to know how the network and Perry convinced her to appear on the show, watch the video promo to find out. It’s not what you’d expect.
When Matthew Perry’s new sitcom Go On debuted in the summer, it looked like one of the Friends had finally scored another network hit. Sure, the pilot was assisted by a post-London Olympics airing, but the second and third episodes which aired a month later, posted respectable numbers. But as the weeks followed, the numbers dwindled. Its most recent episode only garnered an anemic 3.95 million viewers. Perhaps, a little stunt casting might draw new interest in the show. At least that’s what the producers are hoping for.
Go On announced that one of Perry’s former co-stars are guest starring in an upcoming episode. Hope producers and the network have realistic goals with this person’s appearance. Previous attempts to hold mini-reunions have done very little to improve ratings on other Friends-helmed shows. Both Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow didn’t prove very potent with their respective guest gigs on Cougar Town. The Courteney Cox ABC comedy got shuffled off to TBS. Likewise, Cox’s appearance on Kudrow’s Showtime series Web Therapy yielded similar results. Find out which Central Perk alum is reuniting with Perry soon.
Vancouver’s reputation as the laid back utopia of the North West definitely took a huge hit a couple months ago due to the post Stanley Cup riots which led people to wonder if they really know what Vancouverites are actually like. Admittedly, the suburbs and the straights were the bigger variable in this little disaster equation, but, it begs the question: what is Vancouver really like… specifically, the Vancouver gays.
Today, I’m considering something I know all my friends have been told at some point that: “Vancouver gays are just the worst to meet!” At first, this statement seems laughable. Canada has some of the nicest citizens and Vancouver is full of happy smiling, pretty people… right? I’ve heard you can stop most anybody if you’re from out of town and for the most part have a great experience as you attempt to find out how to get the beach. BUT, take a walk down Davie Street (our tiny version of San Fran’s Castro) and apparently this generosity and welcoming nature is thrown out the window…
“Friends” has been off the air for several years now, but still has legions of fans including me. Til this day, I recite various quotes from the show like “Unagi”, “This just go interesting” and many more. I especially love quoting the episode where Rachel and Monica faced off against Joey and Chandler in a game of trivia. Speaking of trivia, I came across an article that revealed some very interesting random facts from the sitcom.
Ever wonder which of the “Friends” was the sluttiest? Well, Splitsider.com surveyed all 236 episodes of the NBC show and did all the painstaking research. So, what were their findings? Over the course of 10 seasons, the Central Perk crew hooked up with 85 sexual partners. Some of you might think that that’s either really low or high, depending on your degree of proclivity. Splitsider.com only included people who actually appeared on the show. They didn’t take into account the characters’ respective pasts unless they appeared in a flashback episode and guest starred on the sitcom.
I started off this post as a “Behind the Cast” which for those who aren’t frequenters of the site means it’s an article about something going on in my personal life. And, while that category fits, I decided to change it to the broader category of all-things-gay because I realized this isn’t just an issue that I’ve faced.
Basically, I’m here asking: “Why is it okay to hate the skinny gay?”
Since birth, I’ve been thin. Never had to work for it and never “escaped” it either: my weight (and very likely high metabolism) have been extremely constant throughout my 28 years. Growing up in the 80s and 90s it was frequent to hear the overweight kids get non-stop abuse in the school yard and on the weekends: today, that has definitely taken a shift. While of course there is continual bias against fat people, a shift in the mean body size of Americans and Canadians towards an all-time extreme high has seen the world and public institutions try to become more and more PC and faster to react to hatred against hate speech regarding overweight kids. As a gay, adult male, I’ve seen this shift in our culture as well. Sure, you’ll hear the whispered comment about the overweight guy stuffed into a pair of 32′s, but overall, what’s acceptable to say to each other and out loud is very different.
Personally, I have friends from all walks of life: different ages, races, heights and importantly, different sizes. Some of my friends are very much the “muscle types” in our group while others are content calling themselves “average” in weight: still, others hit the polar ends of the spectrum and range from what would be considered very overweight to very skinny. Now, maybe it’s just my friends (though, I’m not exactly just polling 13 people here), but I can honestly tell you that the only ones ever commented on in a negative or “this is what you need to fix” way are the skinny boys and to a much lesser extent the average size guys. The gym bunnies and fat friends are left without a mark. I don’t understand it at all.