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‘Friends’ Nearly Had A Seventh Main Character But It Didn’t Work Out
By Mikelle Leow, 23 Aug 2019
Image via IMDb
NBC nearly added a seventh member to Friends’ leading cast, but luckily, life wasn’t gonna be this way.
During the pilot of the sitcom, which was called Friends Like Us at the time, the network gave one key correction to its script, asking creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane to include “an older secondary character” to the main cast, as detailed by pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz in his book, Generation Friends.
NBC feared that older viewers “wouldn’t watch” the show if they weren’t being represented.
Despite being hesitant, the sitcom’s creators introduced ‘Pat the Cop’, inspired by a senior police officer who used to hang out at the cinema that Dream On writers Jeff Greenstein and Jeff Straus worked at during their college days.
It just didn’t work. The actor was casted, but Kauffman and Crane detested the camaraderie between the characters so much, “they pleaded with NBC to drop the idea,” Austerlitz wrote.
Instead, they suggested that the six protagonists had parents as supporting roles. Fans today can agree that the decision turned out like a dream.
[via UPROXX, cover image via IMDb]
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