Thursday, 9 August 2012

FRIENDS, Who Faded Away In This Sitcom?

I have always wanted to do a piece on the sitcom, FRIENDS for a while now, so when I came across this Yahoo news, I decided to grab and share. It is quite normal to have some people come out as break out stars of a franchise, truth is we all know that not everyone will be successful as a solo act after a successful series. In a group you might be awesome, but outside of it, you are nameless and faceless. Musical groups also suffer same fate, there is always someone who fades away......
Lets see who yahoo rates highest and lowest on the FRIEND's list

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Anniston (Rachel Green)
If we’re forced to pick a best “Friend” (and we are), we'll go with Aniston, who took home an Emmy as fashion-savvy barista Rachel Green -- and inspired a million ‘90s haircuts. And her fame actually skyrocketed post-“Friends,” thanks (or no thanks) to the tabloid frenzy surrounding her 2005 divorce from husband Brad Pitt. (You could even argue that playing the third wheel to Brangelina in the decade’s hottest love triangle is the role Aniston’s now best known for.) But Aniston has laughed all the way to the bank, scoring regular $8 to $10 million paydays for her feature film work (yes, even for “The Bounty Hunter”). If the six “Friends” stars ever get together for a top-secret reunion dinner, Aniston ought to be the one picking up the tab.

Courteney Cox
 Courteney Cox (Monica Geller)
Of all the “Friends” stars, Cox has made the most successful return to the small screen, heading up the wine-swilling ensemble on ABC’s “Cougar Town,” which is moving to TBS next year for Season 4. But despite a devoted following of Big Joe lovers, “Cougar’s” viewership has never approached “Friends” levels (hence, the move to basic cable). And we can’t forget about her salacious FX misfire, “Dirt,” which took a dirt nap after two seasons. Cox did reprise her biggest film role as reporter Gale Weathers in last year's "Scream 4," and like her on-screen brother, has also taken to directing in the years since “Friends,” helming episodes of “Cougar Town” and this year’s Lifetime movie “Talhotblond.” Sounds about right for a control freak like Monica, huh?

 Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay)
Kudrow was always a critics’ darling; she racked up an armful of awards and nominations (including an Emmy) for her work as sunny space cadet Phoebe Buffay. And before LeBlanc did it in “Episodes,” Kudrow bit the hand that fed her with HBO’s savage showbiz comedy “The Comeback.” Starring as desperate sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who agrees to expose her personal life to reality-TV cameras, Kudrow left Phoebe behind and scored another Emmy nomination. Unfortunately for her (and us), “The Comeback” only lasted a single season, but Kudrow still pops up in the occasional big-screen comedy (“Easy A”). And she’s back on TV as online therapist Fiona Wallice on Showtime’s “Web Therapy,” now in its second season. Plus, can you believe she just turned 49 years old? All those Central Perk cappuccinos must’ve been great for her skin

Matt LeBlanc
 Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani)
If we did this ranking two years ago, LeBlanc would probably be pulling up the rear; the stench of his ill-advised “Friends” spinoff “Joey” still hangs over his IMDb page to this day. (The fact that “Joey” lasted for 46 episodes is a good counter-argument to anyone who says that networks cancel shows too quickly.) But LeBlanc surprised us all last year by doing something… smart. On Showtime’s sharp Hollywood satire “Episodes,” he stars as a ridiculously vain version of himself who’s miscast on an adaptation of a British sitcom, and does his best to dumb it down for American audiences. The role made us see LeBlanc in a whole new light and even earned him an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award -- something none of his “Friends” castmates can say. Guess we should stop making fun of him for that movie about the baseball-playing monkey now.

Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing)
He may have been pegged as the “Friends” breakout star early on, but Perry has struggled to leave the ever-sarcastic Chandler Bing in the rearview mirror. His big-screen career peaked with the “Whole Nine Yards” films, and his attempts at a TV comeback have fizzled. Hooking up with Aaron Sorkin to play a pill-popping sketch-comedy writer on NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” sounded like a solid career move, but the highly-touted show collapsed after just one season. And ABC’s “Mr. Sunshine” didn’t even last that long. Now he’s back on NBC with “Go On,” as a mouthy sports-talk radio host who’s forced into group therapy after his wife dies. Sounds like a barrel of laughs, huh? We just wish he could’ve stuck around for more than two episodes of “The Good Wife”; his shockingly nefarious guest role there proved that Chandler can break bad, too

David Schwimmer
David Schwimmer (Ross Geller)
Sorry, Schwim (can we call you Schwim?): We know this might send you into one of Ross’s patented depressive spirals… but hey, one of you has to finish last, right? Schwimmer’s career has been stuck in second gear since “Friends” ended; his highest-profile role since, as Melman the giraffe in the “Madagascar” movies, doesn’t even show his face. But to be fair, this step back from the spotlight may be intentional. In recent years, Schwimmer has been happily honing his live-theater acting chops on Broadway and stepping behind the camera to direct a handful of indie films (“Run Fatboy Run,” “Trust”). We did enjoy his one-off cameo as environmental booster Greenzo on “30 Rock,” and he’s set to guest star on his old pal Lisa Kudrow’s Showtime comedy “Web Therapy” later this season. Perhaps we’re being too tough on ol’ Schwimmy; maybe he’s just been “on a break”?
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