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Want To Know What Kind Of Sitcom Friends Could Have Been?!

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Wow! Really crazy, when you think what could have been!

According to the upcoming article in Vanity Fair's latest issue, called Oral History of Friends, the cast and crew of the NBC smash look back at the now-iconic series that ran for ten years, and how in the development process, it was a MUCH different show…with a MUCH different cast!

According to former NBC exec Karey Burke:

“‘Six of One’ was the name of the show during the pilot. Then [series creators] [Marta] Kauffman and [David] Crane came back with ‘Friends,’ which we thought was such a snore. Some people thought the show was too Gen X, way too narrow.”

Meanwhile, Nancy McKeon from The Facts of Life nearly played Monica, while Courteney Cox had Jennifer Aniston's role as Rachel, and Craig Bierko was signed to play Chandler!

And where was Matthew Perry? Apparently, signed to appear in a show called “LAX 2194” - about baggage handlers in the future!


And furthermore, according to Matt LeBlanc, the cast was JUST as pissed about the terrible Joey/Rachel romantic storyline as the rest of the fans!

He explains:

“It felt wildly inappropriate. [The cast] got super-defensive about the whole thing.”

Understandbly so! It just did NOT work, and it betrayed the way the characters had been written thus far!

But hey! Out of ten years, and all the other possible casting choices and creative decisions, we think if that was one of the worst offenses, then so be it!

Gah! We miss that show so much!

How about U?!

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8 comments to “Want To Know What Kind Of Sitcom Friends Could Have Been?!”

  1. 1

    IT could have been in Living Color…they just re wrote the show with all white people…sheeze….thought you would have figured that one out already.

  2. 2

    i really hated the Joey Rachel relationship…glad that idea sunk..

  3. 3

    I knew all this info 10 years ago…nothing new here.

  4. 4

    Kathy Griffin also auditioned for the part of Phoebe.

  5. tom says – reply to this


    There is nothing new in this article that has not been talked about when the show was still on. Not sure why you would find this interesting to talk about.

  6. 6

    I so miss this show…i wish it would come back. LOL

  7. 7

    Actually, the whole show was one big "Who can sleep with who" — hump-a-thon. Especially the Barbados part — Ross seemed to be one big dumb babymaker, pregging up every girl he wanted to marry. I am surprised Emily got away without a bun in the oven. I thought the ending should have been all of them in a pile, not a hug. Rachel worked her way through everyone and Phoebe seemed to be on the "standby" for those boys as well. Overall, an ok sitcom but I believe there would have been more catfights and hurt feelings than was depicted

  8. 8

    Re: Novel1 – Hump-a-thon? You're an idiot.