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Originally posted 05/14/2012 04:00PM
The annual TV upfronts have started in Manhattan, with the networks announcing their fall lineups and tossing sardine-size video clips into the open mouths of assembled advertisers and media people.
The big news out of NBCs presentation Monday is that The Voice, the network's standout hit, will be making more use of those wonderful swivel chairs. Yes, America, you will get to see more of Christina Aguilera swiveling, and you will be glad of it.
As to the actual new lineup ... well, NBC has had its problems with programming. Even the mightily promoted Smash, after a heavenly opening, sputtered. Its star, Katharine McPhee, was brought out not once but twice to perform at the upfront, but her show won't be back until midseason.
Originally posted 05/12/2011 07:35PM
Matthew Perry, who has struggled with prescription pills and alcohol in the past, is going back to a treatment facility as part of his ongoing recovery.
The Friends star, 41, confirms the move in a statement that ends with a Chandler Bing-style dry quip.
"I'm making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery," he says. "Please enjoy making fun of me on the World Wide Web.”
Perry, who most recently appeared in Mr. Sunshine on ABC, was in rehab twice in 2001 and 1997.
Originally posted 08/04/2010 09:45AM
Taking a page out of former costar Matt LeBlanc's book, Matthew Perry refuses to work too hard at hiding the gray.
Asked if he'd resist covering up any silver streaks, the handsome-as-ever actor, who turned 40 last year, told a Television Critics Association panel while touting his new ABC sitcom, Mr. Sunshine: "I think so, until it doesn't look [right] … and then I'll change it. But I'm fine with the fact that some of my hair is gray. I think if it was all gray overnight that would be scary."
The former Chandler Bing of Friends was equally relaxed about having hit the milestone last Aug. 19, saying, "It just happened a year ago. So, it's okay."
Originally posted 10/14/2009 01:20PM
Chandler at 40: Matthew Perry will star in, co-write and executive produce an as-yet untitled ABC sitcom that he conceived, says the Hollywood Reporter.
The former Chandler Bing of Friends will play a self-absorbed manager of a second-rate sports arena who starts to take stock of his life as he turns 40 – the milestone Perry hit in August.
Other Friends sightings on the tube lately include Courteney Cox starring on ABC's Cougar Town and Matt LeBlanc signing to headline the Showtime-BBC series Episodes.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 11/28/2007 11:35AM
What will Zac Efron look like when he gets older? Matthew Perry, that's who. The Friends star, 38, will play the older version of the High School Musical star, 20, in the new teen movie comedy 17, set to begin shooting early next month, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In it, Perry awakes one morning to find himself 17 years old again – and enrolled in high school with his own children. Well, what kid wouldn't want to cut class with Zac? –Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 07/22/2006 08:00AM
Crack cocaine and Vicodin aren't the typical topics of conversation at a Hollywood TCA (Television Critics Association) panel to introduce new Fall shows, but when the event is led by Aaron Sorkin and Matthew Perry, accidents can happen.
Originally posted 05/16/2006 05:25PM
NBC stars past, present and future turned out at New York City's Radio City Music Hall Monday as the No. 4 network introduced its new fall lineup to advertisers. Among the day's highlights:
Originally posted 07/08/2005 04:00PM
The newly engaged Avril Lavigne kicks off her 39-city tour on Tuesday. PEOPLE takes a look at her trek plus other events to watch for in the coming week:
Originally posted 06/14/2005 08:00PM
Matthew Perry and his longtime girlfriend, Rachel Dunn, have called it quits, PEOPLE reports.
Originally posted 06/10/2005 09:00AM
PLANNED: If Madonna's prayers are answered, she'll open a Kabbalah hotel and drop-in spiritual center in a five-story Georgian house in London's Regent Park that she's bought for a reported $14 million. Residents near the site, however, are not singing the praises of the plan, The Washington Post reports. One resident told Britain's London Evening Standard: "Having a Kabbalah center would be totally inappropriate. It is a seriously manipulative sect which is very good at getting people's money, including Madonna's." Asked this week if she thought her support of the sect had damaged her career, Madonna told NBC: "Absolutely not. I do know that there's cynicism involved, but I accept it because it's different. It's something new to people and people are always guarded and suspicious of things that are new."
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