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Q&A: No 'Friends' movie planned

No 'Friends' movie planned

Every year since Friends went off the air in 2004, there has been a rumor about a possible movie. There is currently one going around now that there will be a Friends movie to be released in summer 2011. Do you know if this is fact or fiction?

Although there were breathless reports not long ago of a Friends movie, stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow nixed the idea in January while promoting Kudrow's appearance on Cox's Cougar Town series. "Kudrow and Cox insisted Friends co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman have never pitched the pair an idea for Friends: The Movie despite the success of Sex and the City at strutting from HBO into multiplexes in 2008," said an Associated Press report.

Added Kudrow: "Sex and the City was already filmic. It was a single-camera show that was like a half-hour movie every week, anyway. Our show was multi-camera in front of an audience. Whenever movie versions of those types of shows have been done, they've been sort of satirical. Maybe in 10 more years, other people will play us and make fun of it."

Friends ran for 10 seasons on NBC, finishing in the top 10 of viewership every season, and made stars out of most of the cast.

'Dancing' for pay

Do the celebrities and/or the professional dancers receive any compensation for appearing on Dancing With The Stars?

Yes, although reports vary about how much; "stars" appear to get in the low six figures, with bonuses for finishing at or near the top of the competition. More important is the exposure that performers, both the stars and the dancers, get on the show. Julianne Hough has used her fame to launch a country-music career. In his memoirs, David Alan Grier — who did not have a happy experience on DWTS — says comedian Jeffrey Ross saw his stand-up appearance fee double and even triple after DWTS. And Grier himself went on the show when the alternative was appearing on a roast for Larry the Cable Guy.

'Trauma' returning, 'Rivers' isn't

My wife and I would like to know what happened to the Sunday night CBS show Three Rivers. It has not been shown since the Christmas holidays. Also, the same fate has happened to the NBC Monday night show Trauma.

Sorry, but CBS pulled Three Rivers in early December and has not scheduled any more telecasts at this time.

The news is brighter for Trauma. In October, just a month after its debut, the show was canceled by NBC, which said it would air the 13 episodes shot. But in November NBC reversed course and ordered three more episodes, and last month another four were ordered. Its scheduled return is March 8 at 9 p.m.

Q&A: No 'Friends' movie planned 02/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2010 4:30pm]

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