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In defense of Janice: 'Friends' alum Maggie Wheeler on the character 'you love to hate'

Janice knows you’re binge-watching Friends. In fact, she’s doing it with you.

As part of EW‘s Friends binge guide (on stands now), we caught up with recurring guest star Maggie Wheeler, who gave life to Chandler Bing’s erstwhile arm candy over the course of 10 seasons. With her nasal voice and grating “Oh my Gawd”s, Chandler’s ex-girlfriend was the on-again, off-again lover everyone—especially Chandler—despised. But Wheeler (who says she’s also binge-watching the show on Netflix) knows that, deep down, you actually have a soft spot for her. READ FULL STORY

Matt LeBlanc resurrects Dr. Drake Ramoray on 'Late Night with Seth'

On Thursday night, Late Night with Seth Meyers brought back one of Friends‘ most beloved meta characters.

In a “Distinguished Guests” segment, in which Meyers points out the most esteemed audience members that came to the show, the spotlight fell on Matt LeBlanc’s character within a character on Friends, Dr. Drake Ramoray. The Days of Our Lives neurosurgeon somehow “reappeared” on the show, despite his fate on the soap opera, having fell down an elevator shaft, had a brain transplant, and gotten stabbed while performing surgery. Hey, at least he’s taking it easy after his time in Salem.

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Netflix sets 'Friends,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Bruce Almighty' for January releases

Netflix is ringing in 2015 with a few beloved films, new seasons of television, and the entire run of Friends, just to ensure the year gets off to a completely unproductive start.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with these TV marathons

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Thanksgiving weekend is a marathon of excess—excessive eating, excessive amounts of awkward family members, and excessive amounts of your favorite movies and television shows.

While streaming services have made it easier than ever to create your own marathons of beloved films and shows, plenty of TV networks are continuing the long tradition of programming long stretches of classic TV shows and film franchises throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some of the best excuses to keep the TV tuned to a single channel throughout the holiday weekend.

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Lisa Kudrow came up with the tune for 'Smelly Cat' (with some help from Chrissie Hynde)

Lisa Kudrow revealed some juicy Friends tidbits on her Reddit “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on Tuesday, ranging from the origins of “Smelly Cat” to where Phoebe Buffay would be today.

In anticipation for The Comeback coming back this Sunday, Kudrow answered a litany of questions that pertained more to her other famous role as Phoebe on Friends. Kudrow confirmed that she came up with the melody with the help of The Pretenders lead singer, Chrissie Hynde.

“The writers wrote it, I wrote the tune, and had a little help from Chrissie Hynde. She was amazing,” Kudrow said of the now-famous song. READ FULL STORY

Colbie Caillat sings 'Smelly Cat' at Central Perk

While promoting her new album, Gypsy Heart in New York City, Colbie Caillat took a trip to the pop-up coffeehouse Central Perk. And because you can’t stand behind a mic at Central Perk without paying homage to the greatest singer in Friends history, Caillat got the crowd to join in and sing Phoebe Buffay’s “Smelly Cat.”

She didn’t have a guitar, and unlike Phoebe, Caillat actually knows what a key is, but there’s still something pretty magical about someone singing that it’s not smelly cat’s fault at Central Perk. If only she’d had a wind machine.

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See The Rembrandts perform the 'Friends' theme live at 'Central Perk'

Thought Manhattan’s Central Perk pop-up coffeeshop couldn’t get any cooler? Think again. (I should note right up top that I’m using the word “cool” relatively.)

Last night, a preview of the temporary space—which officially opened Wednesday—featured a very special musical guest. Nope, it wasn’t Lisa Kudrow as Central Perk mainstay Phoebe Buffay, or David Schwimmer’s Ross showing off his “sound”: It was the pop-rock duo of Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, better known as The Rembrandts. Really, though, they’re best known as the guys who sing Friends‘ clap-happy earworm of a theme song.

After strumming through three of their original compositions, The ‘Brandts gave the people what they wanted: a tuneful, energetic rendition of “I’ll Be There For You.” Click below to find EW‘s admittedly amateur video of the performance, guest-starring a professional cameraman who blocks our view of Wilde for much of the song and some very enthusiastic audience singing.

(If you’re listening closely during the second verse, you’ll also hear one of those superfans ask an immortal question: Who takes time to make breakfast when they’re already two hours late for work?)

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'Friends' Central Perk: What I saw (and what Gunther told me)

For 10 years, the dream has always been there: What if Central Perk were a real, functioning, undeniably cozy coffee shop? Though real jobs preclude all of us from waxing Bing and spending all day with hazelnut roasts and crullers, any avid Friends watcher has long imagined what it would feel like to set foot in the show’s iconic coffeehouse, if only to feel—just for a second—that the magic of the 10-season sitcom was real.

Well, it’s real, thanks to a new pop-up installation in downtown Manhattan, just minutes from the show’s West Village setting. You can’t miss the store logo on the windows of the renovated SoHo café, or the awnings emblazoned with “Friends 20th Anniversary.” And when you enter the inherently nostalgic space, it’s like 2004 to 2014 never really happened. It’s surreal for a die-hard Friends fanatic like myself—and even more so for the one cast member who has become synonymous with the name Central Perk. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Friends' Central Perk pop-up coffee shop hits Manhattan

It’s been 20 years since Friends first hit the airwaves, and TV has yet to produce as iconic a coffee shop as the one where Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and—Joey, I think?—spent most of their days.

Now, fans can get a chance to feel like one of the gang, so long as they travel to New York City this autumn. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to check it out besides the free coffee. READ FULL STORY

What does an episode of 'Friends' look like without any jokes?

Taking the jokes out of an episode of Friends it like taking the meth out of an episode of Breaking Bad—it’s just wrong. And if you take the jokes out of season six’s “The One with the Apothecary Table” specifically, laughter is quickly replaced with judgment, Pottery Barn hatred, and Joey’s girlfriend Janine Lecroix, who’s just as annoying as when there were jokes involved.

The show still manages to be funny, however, because the writing wasn’t the only thing making viewers laugh. Watching Monica hit Janine with a trash bag will never be anything but immensely satisfying.

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