Courteney Cox-Lisa Kudrow ‘Friends’ Faceoff Among Celebrity Moments On Tap In Fox TV Stations’ ‘25 Words Or Less’
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Fox Television Stations’ 25 Words or Less, a game show premiering September 16 in 98% of the country, will feature a Friends reunion/faceoff with Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
The matchup, timed to the 25th anniversary of Friends, involves just two of the celebrity guests on tap for the show’s debut season. The others are: Chelsea Handler; Chris Noth; Oscar Nunez; Melissa Peterman; Rick Fox; Lea Thompson; Mary McCormack; Willie Garson; Natalie Morales; Loni Love; Penn Jillette; Alison Sweeney; Jamie Kennedy; Tisha Campbell; Dr. Drew Pinsky; Margaret Cho; Jane Lynch; Pete Holmes; Val Chmerkovsky; and WWE wrestlers Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews and Ali.
Meredith Vieira is the host of 25 Words. While she gained acclaim for her work in news and documentary, Vieira is best known to most viewers as the former co-host of Today and The View and solo host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Kudrow’s appearance is not a complete coincidence. She helped develop 25 Words or Less, along with producing partner Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris. The show runner is Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten created the 25 Words or Less board game as well as another popular game, Taboo.
Stephen Brown, EVP Programming and Development for Fox Television Stations, called the show “a great break from the depressing news of the day. It’s fast, smart, funny, and led by the best host in television, Meredith Vieira. She is the master at corralling big celebrity personalities and driving a game that’s fun to watch and play.”
While Fox Television Stations provide the foundation of 25 Words‘ distribution, the show will also air on stations owned by Sinclair, Gray, Hearst, CBS, Scripps and Tribune.
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DEADLINE – Facebook Watch has set a January 22 premiere date for 9 Months with Courteney Cox, a weekly docuseries about pregnancy.
Cox narrates and provides commentary in the 20-part documentary series that airs twice a week with episodes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The docuseries is the first project to come from Ample Entertainment’s (Cold Case Files, Cooper’s Treasure) partnership with Cox’s Hopper Productions.
The show takes an intimate approach, giving viewers raw access of people from across the country of various race, religion, and class as they self-document their 9-month journey of pregnancy. 9 Months with Courteney Cox features a range of stories, from a cancer-stricken mother to pregnant teenagers considering adoption to a 50-year old woman struggling to conceive and more.
Ample Entertainment and Hopper Productions produce. Cox, Ari Mark, Phil Lott, John Henshaw, and Brielle Lebsack-Cohen executive produce.
9 Months with Courteney Cox premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET on Facebook Watch. Viewers can add the show to their Watchlists by following the show page.
DEADLINE – Friends and Cougar Town alum Courteney Cox has signed a co-production partnership with Ample Entertainment, with her newly launched Hopper Productions. Cox has a history with Ample, the prodco behind Nine Months, an upcoming documentary series on which Cox currently serves as an executive producer, for Facebook.
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Courteney Cox Comedy ‘Charity Case’ Gets Fox Pilot Order
A day after CBS handed a pilot order to a comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, Fox has given the pilot green light to a comedy toplined by another former Friends star, Courteney Cox.
The single-camera Charity Case (working title), was written by former The Office writer-producer Robert Padnick. As has been the case with virtually all Fox comedy pilot orders this season, Charity Case already has a director on board, James Griffiths, who had been attached since the project was set up at Fox earlier this development season. Charity Case hails from ABC Studios, which will co-produce with 20th Century Fox TV.
In Charity Case, when Hailey (Cox) inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity, she quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined. Cox, Padnick and Griffiths executive produce.
Of the rest of Cox and LeBlanc’s Friends co-stars, David Schwimmer recently signed on to star in AMC’s straight-to-series drama Feed the Beast, while Matthew Perry toplines CBS’ comedy series The Odd Couple.
Recently it was announced that the Friends cast may have a reunion. The cast are set to appear in a tribute to the amazing comedy director, James Burrows. However, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt mentioned that it may be difficult for the six to all be in one room. Check out the article below.
One of TV’s biggest comedy hits ever is getting a long-awaited curtain call.
Twelve years after going off the air, the cast of Friends will reunite on NBC for a two-hour special, NBC announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Wednesday.
The special is a tribute to Friends‘ legendary comedy director James Burrows, who also helmed iconic series such as Taxi, The Bob Newhart Show, and Cheers. Burrows directed 15 episodes of Friends, including the pilot, and recently shot his 1,000th episode of television.
While the special is about Burrows, the reunion of the cast of Friends — which launched in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons — is obviously the key buzzy highlight. All six original cast members (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer) are on board.
But here’s the rub: The cast might not be together in the special. Efforts to wrangle all six cast members for reunion stunts have proved difficult in the past, with one or more members typically resisting behind the scenes. NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt was asked if the network would have all six in the same room. “I’m hoping all six will be in same room at same time; I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off,” Greenblatt told reporters.
The special will air Sunday, Feb. 21.