Matthew Perry Makes Big Return to Small Screen
July 21, 2006

After the mega-success of "Friends," you know it has to take a great script to bring Matthew Perry back to primetime.

"It doesn't matter if it's a play or movie or a TV," Perry said. "If the material moves you, you kind of want to jump at it."

Well, the material that made Matthew jump is "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Created by Aaron Sorkin, the same powerhouse who created the "West Wing," "Studio 60" is a behind-the-scenes look at a late night comedy sketch series.

"It's kind of like ‘SNL' meets ‘The Daily Show,'" said Perry's co-star Bradley Whitford.

Matthew steps in as a writer forced, alongside co-star Whitford and Amanda Peet, to revamp the show after its executive producer has an on-air meltdown.

"Yesterday we looked at each other after working 16 hours, and Matthew said, ‘And I thought I had put myself in a situation where I never have to work again,'" Whitford recalled.

Perry, of course, meant his mega-success on "Friends." So we just had to ask, now that Matthew is back on NBC, could a "Friends" reunion be next?

"I'll do it," Whitford quipped.

"I suppose you don't close the door to anything," Perry said. "But it may be time to put these characters to bed."

"Studio 60" debuts this fall on NBC.


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