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UPDATED 07/29/1996 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/29/1996 at 01:00 AM EDT

>The Sitcom 'Strike'


HOLLYWOOD EXECS WERE CLUTCHING THEIR CHESTS LAST week amid reports that the cast of NBC's Friends had threatened to strike unless all six received raises from about $40,000 to $100,000 per episode and a percentage of the show's profits. Would they really walk? One insider says no, adding, "There was never a threat to strike," and negotiations "are amicable." Still, with the new season scheduled to begin taping Aug. 12, the producers definitely need to think about replacement Friends. We have.

Out: Courteney Cox Arquette. In: Kathleen Sullivan. Sullivan, off the E! channel but still a Weight Watcher, could continue the tradition of a Monica who keeps getting thinner.

Out: Jennifer Aniston. In: Shannen Doherty. Hey, in real life not every friend is a good friend.

Out: Lisa Kudrow. In: Elizabeth Berkley. They look alike, but would Berkley be believable as a bad folksinger? If you saw Showgirls, you know bad anything won't be a stretch.

Out: Matthew Perry. In: Luke Perry. In TV, when you need a sub and all else fails, go for a similar name. Remember Dick Sargent replacing Dick York as Darrin on Bewitched?

Out: David Schwimmer. In: Fyvush Finkel. Every ensemble show needs a character who is adorably "ethnic." With Picket Fences canceled, Finkel steps right in.

Out: Matt LeBlanc. In: Robert Blake. LeBlanc sure looks like a young Blake. Unfortunately, Blake, since he got a facelift, does not look like Blake anymore.

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