Matthew Perry playing genius scribe in NBC drama

Matthew Perry is returning to NBC.

After lengthy negotiations, the former Friends star will join D.L. Hughley and Steven Weber in an untitled drama set behind the scenes at a fictional long-running sketch-comedy series in the mold of Saturday Night Live.

Perry will play a genius comic writer who was forced out of his position as co-executive producer on the sketch show after a dispute with the network, UBS. Weber will play UBS' ambitious chairman, and Hughley one of the sketch show's three stars.

Aaron Sorkin, who created the project with Thomas Schlamme, wrote Perry's part with the actor in mind.

"A lot is going to be asked of this cast," Sorkin and Schlamme said. "We still have a number of roles to fill to complete the ensemble, but you couldn't hope for a better start than these incredibly gifted actors."

Written by Sorkin on spec, the drama ignited a bidding war between NBC and CBS that resulted in a monster deal with NBC said to include a fee of more than $3 million for the pilot.

The project, previously known as Studio 7, reunites Perry with Sorkin and Schlamme after the actor's guest stint on The West Wing earned him Emmy nominations in 2003 and 2004.

Perry was in high demand this pilot-casting season, with a number of projects at various networks courting him for the lead. He is the third Friends star to return to series television after Matt LeBlanc's turn in the ratings-challenged Friends spinoff Joey and Lisa Kudrow's starring role on HBO's short-lived The Comeback.

Perry next will be seen in the title role of TNT's based-on-a-true story TV movie The Ron Clark Story, slated to air in August.

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Friends is gonna be what all these actors are going to be know for the rest of their lives, but that is not a bad thing as all imo. Friends was just such a popular and long lasting show that these people really turned into the characters they played. I honestly just can watch one of them play another role without thinking of Friends, but this should be a good show.
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Is this really a drama? It sounds like a comedy to me.
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Actually, it never worked for Lisa since her show got cancelled.
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Hurray Matthew Perry was one of the highlights of my Thursdays for ten years. He has been missed and congrats to NBC for this homecoming. I am sure it will not go the way of The Comeback or the expectations of Joey... Matthew showed his dramatic talent as Joe Quincy on the West Wing, so he had proved his versatility. This is one FRIEND I will be glad to welcome back. Hmm Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry? is David Schwimmer not too far behind?
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I loved Matthew Perry on Friends and although this will not be the same I will be glad to see him back on TV again
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It worked for Lisa Kudrow, this may work for Matthew Perry.
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Nice to see Matthew Perry again, I'm very happy.
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It's about time Matthew Perry came back to T.V. even if he's not playing Chandler.
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Glad to see him coming back!
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he cant preform as good as he did in friends!
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With Sorkin at the helm it will be great...until he gets tired of it and moves on. Then it will tank.
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Nice one,waiting for it
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Can't wait to see Perry again on small screen.
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Can't wait to see Perry again on small screen.
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