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Matthew Perry Attempts Another TV Comeback

sg_mattperryDespite multiple failed efforts, Matthew Perry is still trying to make his way back to television and sadly, it’s not for a Friends reunion show.

With a rush of former Friends cast members off hitting the digital airwaves, it’s only fitting that Perry wants a piece of the action via a single-camera comedy for Sony Pictures TV. Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the award-winning show for NBC, will star, co-write and executive produce.

The 40-year-old will play a “self-involved manager of a second-rate sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday.” The untitled project will be co-written by Family Guy scribes Alex Barnow and Mark Firek and is being pitched to networks this week.

Also on board to executive produce is Thomas Schlamme, who worked with Perry on Friends, the critically acclaimed but under-viewed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The West Wing.

If Perry’s new comedy is picked up, it will be the funny-man’s first return to television since his dark comedy The End of Steve failed to be picked up by ShowTime after the pilot. The show was pitched to the premium cabler in the summer of 2008, where Perry played “an egomaniacal TV talkshow host, confined to working on an afternoon gabber in Rochester, N.Y., and seeking redemption both personally and professionally.”

Matthew Perry has had a rich television career including appearances on Charles in Charge, Beverly Hills 90210 and Growing Pains in the ’80s and early ’90s. He was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his performance in the TNT 2006 biopic The Ron Clark Story.

Other former Friends cast members have also had a brush of good news this week as Courteney Cox’s new comedy Cougar Town has been picked up by ABC for a full season while Matt LaBlanc has recently signed on to star in a ShowTime/BBC series entitled Episodes.

Perry has also gone the Hollywood path with notable performances in 2000’s The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards. He was last seen in the film 17 Again opposite Zac Effron. The film garnered $129 million worldwide; the most for any credited Perry film.

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