On Tuesday, it was announced that Courteney Cox (Cougar Town) would appear as Matthew Perry’s new love interest on his new NBC hit show, Go On. Cox and Perry had previously played onscreen husband and wife on Friends as Monica Gellar and Chandler Bing so this reunion seems like a natural fit.
This is the sixth mini-Friends reunion since the popular NBC show ended its 10 year run in 2004. Each of the stars have moved on to new shows with the exception of Jennifer Aniston's who is riding the wave of a lucrative film career. However, that hasn't stopped them from keeping in touch and helping each other out when they can. All of the Friends have appeared on at least one of their former cast mate's new shows to help promote it except for Matt LeBlanc.
LeBlanc was asked by Carrie Borzillo of Xfinity if he got together to hang with his former co-stars LeBlanc answered, "No. I mean, no, we don't see each other that often. Once in blue moon."
LeBlanc is currently enjoying a successful stint on Showtime with his new show, Episodes. He won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his exaggerated portrayal of himself. Coincidentally, his Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow also has a successful show on the same network called Web Therapy. Cox has already appeared in four episodes of Web Therapy and Kudrow has returned the favor by appearing on Cougar Town. David Schwimmer also appeared on the season 2 season finale of Web Therapy for his own four episode arc.
There has been no confirmations on whether or not LeBlanc will do a Web Therapy crossover show but the question was addressed in an EW interview with Kudrow in 2011.
"That's a good question. I hope so. He's so great, so funny. I hope he'll have the time. He has to go off and shoot another season of Episodes," says Kudrow.
Kudrow and LeBlanc were all smiles together when camera captured them at the Beverly Hills Hilton for the CW, CBS and Showtime 2012 TCA Party. The possibility of a crossover show would suit both shows since LeBlanc plays an over-the-top, manipulative version of himself on Episodes who could use a dose of Kudrow's character's 3-minute online therapy sessions.
EW asked LeBlanc about the possibility of having one of the Friends guest star on his show. It turns out that Episodes creators David Crane and Jefferey Klarik wrote it into the show. They had John Pankow's character Merc, who is the network president on the show, ask LeBlanc's on-screen persona to get one of the Friends cast members for Sweeps. There is still no appearance made yet by any of the former cast members but the door might be open.
As for a full Friends reunion, count LeBlanc out.
"That show was about a finite period of time, before you get married and went off to start a life with a family. It was a magical time that everyone can relate to. To see what we're all doing now...it's almost like the book is better than the movie. I don't want to see old Joey. I don't want to see Chandler and Monica with they're kids that are this big now. I'd rather imagine that. Everyone is going to have a different vision of what those characters are like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people," said LeBlanc.
The same sentiment was echoed by the rest of the Friends cast. Both Aniston and Kudrow have both publically shot down the possibility of full reunion. So while the world waits in anticipation for a possible Friends mini-reunion involving LeBlanc, you can catch Cox and Perry on Go On this April. They're not Chandler and Monica but it's close enough.
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