By Paco Lopez
According to InTouch Magazine, and sources close to the project, Lisa Kudrow is in serious talks with the producers of the former hit TV show “Friends” which ran from 1994 to 2004 to do a spin off show based on Kudrow’s character Phoebe Buffay.
If the show comes to the small screen, there would obviously be some changes in Kudrow’s character. You may recall that during their 10th and final season, Phoebe had married her boyfriend Mike Hannigan, who was played by Paul Rudd. But, Buffay would likely be divorced and living in New York City. It’s being speculated that Phoebe would likely bump into her old Central Perk gang on occasion on the program.
The magazine reports that Kudrow is having conversations with former Friends producer Marta Kauffman about potential story lines for the show and is near closing the deal. The two have time to converse, since they are currently teaming up on the Lily Tomlin/Jane Fonda show Grace and Frankie.
Speculation is that for at the very least ONE epic episode we’d see Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry back together playing their Friends characters. That in and of itself would be a blockbuster episode, and everyone involved believe that it would bring gargantuan ratings.
Matt LeBlanc was the only “Friends” cast member who attempted a spin off (Joey) and it only lasted for two seasons. However, many feel that there was something missing in the show’s aura. It may have been that neither Kauffman nor another co-creator David Crane were a part of the foray.
Arguably, Kudrow has had about as successful a post-Friends career since wrapping production on the historic ensemble program. She portrayed an ex A-list celebrity, Valerie Cherish, desperate to get back on top in The Comeback, and right-wing counsellor Fiona Wallice in Web Therapy.
She was also cast in primary roles in a string of successful movies starting off with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Bad Neighbours and The Girl on the Train.
We’ll keep you posted, as this story develops.
While we wait, you may want to reminisce with Phoebe’s world famous rendition of “Smelly Cat.”