EXCLUSIVE: Barring some unforeseen circumstance, I’m hearing that Friends actor Matthew Perry’s much ballyhooed TV comeback series will end up at ABC, despite NBC’s best efforts to get the Sony Television show. Perry, who recently turned 40, not only has been developing but also co-writing and exec-producing the single-camera comedy about — what else? — a 40-year-old who starts to reevaluate his life. I can see why all the networks were so hot for this project, given its pedigree. In addition to Perry, it involves Sony-based Alex Barnow and Mark Firek, who will pen the script with him and exec produce, plus Tommy Schlamme (who worked with Perry on Friends, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) to direct and exec produce, as well as Sony TV-based Jamie Tarses, who helped develop Friends at NBC and much later dated Perry. This sounds like the kind of series which, if done well, could have been a gamechanger for NBC. Instead, by going to ABC where entertainment czar Steve McPherson is on a hot streak this season, the show at least will get sampled.
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