The show - which made worldwide stars of Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston - continues to be a nightly staple of the broadcaster's digital channel E4, despite ending almost six years ago.
C4 said that ending the deal next year will - together with the end of Big Brother - free up more cash for original programming and US buy-ins.
The station has agreed with Warner Bros - the programme's distributor - to end its rights to the series in the autumn of 2011.
Friends became a massive ratings hit for the channel as viewers became hooked on the antics - and varying hairstyles - of Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, Ross and Monica from 1995 onwards.
The last ever episode from series 10 drew an audience of 8.6 million viewers when it was screened in 2004.
E4 still shows the programmes seven nights a week and draws an average of ...Read more
Like it or loathe it, there's no denying that NBC's Friends was a television phenomenon. Groups of television viewers would gather around the boob tube each Thursday night from 1994 to 2004, wondering whether Rachel and Ross would ever get together (spoiler: They do!), what stupid thing Joey will say ('cause he's a model!), and what quirky song Phoebe would sing next (I hope it's about a cat!).
Rumors of a Friends movie have popped up ever since the show went off the air in 2004, but none have been stronger than those that surfaced today. Several UK sites today are reporting that the ball is once again rolling to get a Friends movie into production, with most pointing toward the recent success of the Sex and the City film as the catalyst (over $130 million domestically at the box office will change a studio executive ...Read more
It is official: Jeff "The Zucky" Zucker is the new president and CEO of NBC Universal.
Beginning today, Zucker will take the place of outgoing NBCU CEO Bob Wright, who led the company for 21 years. The announcement was made by Jeff Immelt, chairman of NBCU owner General Electric.
“Jeff will succeed one of the true giants in media--Bob Wright--to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for helping to build this great media company,” Immelt said in his announcement. “By any measure, Bob is one of the most successful media executives ever. He transformed NBC from a broadcast network into a diversified global media company. He was always able to see what was coming next, whether it was cable, satellite, Hispanic broadcasting, or digital media. Bob’s strategic vision and execution kept NBC growing.”
Zucker also had praise for Wright.
"Bob has been a terrific mentor to me ...Read more
It's officially over for "Vaughniston," the unwieldy appellation given to the romance between actors Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.
People magazine reported on its Web site Tuesday that the two had split after more than a year together, citing representatives for the pair.
Former Friends actress Aniston, 37, took up with the 36-year-old star of The Wedding Crashers after splitting with husband Brad Pitt. They starred in the romantic comedy movie Break-Up, which opened at No. 1 at the box office in June.
The union was the subject of much tabloid speculation, amid competing reports that they were either engaged or on the rocks. People's rival, US Weekly, reported in August that they were planning a secret beach wedding, but it later quoted insiders as saying the relationship was done.
Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and Flags of Our Fathers star Ryan Phillippe are separating after more than seven years of marriage, their representatives said Monday.
"We are saddened to announce that Reese and Ryan have decided to formally separate," their publicists said in a joint statement. "They remain committed to their family and we ask that you please respect their privacy and the safety of their children at this time."
Witherspoon, 30, and Phillippe, 32, reportedly met at her 21st birthday party before working together on the 1999 film Cruel Intentions. They married in June of that year and have two children, 7-year-old daughter Ava and 3-year-old son Deacon.
The publicists gave no additional details about the split but the celebrity Web site TMZ.com, which broke the story, reported that Witherspoon has contacted the divorce lawyer who represented Jennifer Aniston and Lisa ...Read more
"With a Little Help From My Friends" is a song written by the Beatles (and expertly covered by Joe Cocker) and it could easily be the subtitle for the thirty minute comedy, "Friends". In 1994, the idea was created for "Friends": a show about six friends in New York as they navigate their way through life and learn to grow up as they approach their thirties. All, with the help from each other to get them through the obstacles that life naturally has for us. Monica is the excessively neat and organized "older sister" of the group, who works as a chef while yearning to find her ideal love. Ross, Monica's older brother, is a paleontologist with a lifelong crush on Rachel. He is a laid-back man with low self esteem and a recent divorcee. Rachel is the pretty, bubbly girl who spent most of her life as a spoiled rich princess. Now she must learn to face the real world. Chandler is Ross' college buddy and the guy who will crack jokes at a moment's notice. Phoebe is a lovable eccentric masseuse who easily could have fit in with Haight Ashbury in the 1960s. And then there's Joey, the friend who has an inverse relationship between his good looks and his intelligence. He dreams of becoming an actor. These six individuals make up the cast of Friends.
In May 2004, Friends officially ended it's phenomenal 10 year run. The show's time slot was taken over by a spin-off called Joey.