Matthew Perry eying TV return
Thomas Schlamme will direct the 'Friends' vet in a single-camera Sony Pictures TV comedy
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Matthew Perry is hoping to join fellow "Friends" co-stars Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc back on the small screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry is developing a single-camera comedy for Sony Pictures TV. He'll star in, co-write and executive produce the pilot, which will be pitched to networks this week.
The untitled comedy will be co-written by "Rules of Engagement" and "'Til Death" veterans Alex Barnow and Mark Firek, who have a deal at Sony.
Joining Perry is Thomas Schlamme, serving as director and executive producer on the pilot. Perry and Schlamme worked together on "Friends" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
Perry would play a self-involved sports arena manager who begins to re-evaluate his life after his 40th birthday.
The most recent TV project for Perry was the Showtime pilot "The End of Steve," about a self-aborbed radio host who begins to re-evaluate his life. And Perry's most recent movie project was "17 Again," about a self-absorbed father who begins to re-evaluate his life (by becoming Zac Efron).
Apparently this is a phase Perry is going through. He also played a self-absorbed writing mastermind in "Studio 60," but we don't remember all that much successful life re-evaluation in that Aaron Sorkin dramedy.
Perry earned one Emmy nomination for his work on "Friends," two nods for guest turns on "The West Wing" and another nomination for the telefilm "The Ron Clark Story."