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‘Friends’ alum David Schwimmer to star in ABC sitcom

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: attends the Moet & Chandon Suite at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2013 in New York City.
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A decade after “Friends” ended its 10-season run, David Schwimmer is headed back to the small screen. The actor, who played Ross Gellar on the long-running NBC comedy, has been tapped to star in an ABC sitcom pilot, according to a Jan. 31 report from TV Guide.

Schimmer will star in “Irreversible,” playing an eccentric writer named Andy. The Hollywood Reporter revealed details on the series, which is based on the Israeli series “Bilti Hafich,” the top original comedy on Israeli broadcast TV.

Schwimmer will play a writer who makes a part-time living conducting writing workshops. According to the series description, the character “is a pessimist and one prone to extremes. He's a classic spoiled only child with a tendency to complicate things and get into trouble -- but he will always avoid conflict. He masks his low self-esteem with sarcasm, which often leads to blowing up emotionally charged situations. “

This will be Schwimmer's first return to series television since “Friends” ended in 2004. Meanwhile, fellow “Friends” alum Matthew Perry may also be making a return to network television. Perry is slated to star in a CBS reboot of “The Odd Couple.”

The actor told Deadline, “Ever since seeing the movie ‘The Odd Couple’ when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison. … Plus, I think it’s time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Ungar is on!”