UPDATE: ABC has bought the rights to the project after “heavy bidding” in what might be “the richest deal so far this development season.” Um, ABC? You realize it’s just Matthew Perry, right?
With Courteney Cox in “Cougar Town” and Matt LeBlanc in an upcoming Showtime/BBC project, Matthew Perry has joined the “Friends” alumni who are still trying to work in TV. (Elsewhere, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer are waiting idly by their mailboxes for syndication checks, while Jennifer Aniston has been dumped by another celebrity.) Perry is spearheading a new project that will be pitched to networks this week:
The “Friends” alum is set to star in, co-write and executive produce the untitled project produced by Sony Pictures TV. Perry, who turned 40 in August, conceived the comedy, in which he will play a self-involved manager of a second-rate sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday. [THR]
Good for him. I’m cool with anyone from “Friends” getting work except for David Schwimmer. “Hurrr, look at me, I can make a dopey face.” When he was in “Band of Brothers” I found myself constantly hoping he’d step on a land mine. You know, lose his legs and end up in the hospital before gangrene set in. Nothing too quick — I really wanted him to suffer through an excruciating and prolonged death. But then, “excruciating and prolonged death” tends to be my solution for everything.