In response to dwindling viewer levels, NBC is set to bring back the hit TV series Friends in its Fall lineup.
NBC originally cut the show because of the unsustainable fees it was having the pay the original cast.
'Joey', fronted by sexy 'funnyman' Matt LeBlanc, was the only spin-off series from the show due to LeBlanc's relatively low, $12/hr fee. The show was a flop, garnering lower ratings than NBC's niche program 'Celebrity Decorating Tips' - a do-it-yourself program featuring handy tips from popular celebrities. The show received 10m viewers for its most popular episode "Watching paint dry with Jay Leno", totally shadowing Joey's 100k average.
The Friends comeback has received positive feedback from die-hard fans, mostly women in their mid-thirties, many of whom have been petitioning NBC since it was cut, back in 2004.
NBC has managed to bring back all of the original cast for half their original cost since their careers went quickly downhill following the show's cancellation. Lisa Kudrow, who played the ditsy hippy character, Phoebe, is the only member of the original cast not to agree to the comeback. Due to fears of upsetting the fans, NBC has decided to kill off the character than bring in a replacement actor.
Ross and Rachel's on-and-off relationship will continue in season 11, but that Ross, David Schwimmer, will finally come to terms with his homosexuality. In what has been described by NBC as a hilarious 'comedy of errors', Ross will realize his love for Joey, which culminates when the two get trapped in a Swedish steam room that the two construct in Joey's apartment.
Another shocking twist will come when Monica (Courtney Cox Arquette) is indicted for murder when she poisons one of the patrons in her restaurant. While in prison, her husband Chandler (Matthew Perry) has a love affair with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and she gets pregnant. Later Chandler discovers Monica is also pregnant. Depressed by the news Chandler drowns his sorrow at his office halloween party. He sleeps with his secretary, and on his way home, bumps into his ex-girlfriend Janice (Maggie Wheeler). He goes to her apartment and he ends up staying the night. It transpires that both the secretary and Janice are also pregnant.
"We decided we had to come up with some shocking storylines in the new season. We've been killed off by FOX's American Idol crap and ABC's Lost and Desperate Housewives." Said an NBC spokeswoman. "We just hope the hard-hitting reality of these stories will lure more of the American public to coming back home to NBC."