DAVID SCHWIMMER TO STAY AT NBC AFTER FRIENDS FOLDS

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Although this is the last season of Friends, David Schwimmer will stay at NBC in a two-year developing, producing and directing gig.

“We want to extend our mutually successful relationship with David in other creative areas,” says Jeff Zucker, head of programming at NBC. “This deal will provide even more opportunities for his many natural talents besides acting, since he’s proven himself in so many other artistic endeavors.”

Schwimmer’s “other artistic endeavors” mentioned by Zucker include directing 10 episodes of Friends, the Miramax film Since You’ve Been Gone as well as several stage plays. He also heads up an acting troupe, called Lookingglass Theater Company, based in Chicago.

As for the rest of the Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry have mentioned that they might decide to go forward with their film careers.

Currently in development for Courteney Cox is a home decorating show for the WE network, and there has been talk of Matt LeBlanc’s character Joey starring in a spin off of Friends.

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