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The ‘Friends’ Cast Will Not Go Quietly (UPDATED)

Despite earning megabucks from the NBC smash, they refuse to retire. Matthew Perry is the latest to find work.

UPDATE: ABC appears to have landed the Matthew Perry/Jamie Tarses/Barno & Firek project after giving it a substantial pilot commitment. 


The cast of "Friends" refuses to go away.

Despite earning a gazillion dollars during the life of the hit NBC comedy, the show’s stars continue to set up new projects.

Last month, Showtime announced Matt LeBlanc would play a version of himself in "Episodes," a quirky half-hour being produced with the BBC.

Lisa Kudrow is producing "Who Do You Think You Are," a reality series featuring celebs searching for their roots. It will premiere on NBC later this season.

And now comes word that Chandler, er, Matthew Perry has decided to make another go at comedy. The Hollywood Reporter says he’s teamed with director Thomas Schlamme for a half-hour, single-camera show about a dude who just turned 40 and is rethinking his life.

Perry will co-write the pilot with writers Alex Barno and Mark Firek, THR says.

Hollywood yentas will also no doubt find it interesting that the project is being produced by former ABC Entertainment chief Jamie Tarses, via her deal at Sony. Tarses and Perry have been romantically linked in the past (and Tarses was a consultant on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Perry’s first post-"Friends" show).

The new projects from our TV "Friends" come as Courteney Cox seems to have found some new small screen success. She’s starring in ABC’s "Cougar Town," which just got picked up for a full season.

Jennifer Aniston, of course, is too busy making mediocre movies and dating all the wrong men to consider returning to TV.

As for David "Ross" Schwimmer, well… there’s always hope for a "Friends" reunion special.