Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' is up to this week. Schwimmer and Kudrow move behind the camera, and Aniston says way too much about her underwear

By Gary Susman
Updated September 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: David Schwimmer: Chris Haston/NBC

THE ‘MAN’ SHOW As ”Friends” begins its 10th and final season on Thursday, some of the cast are already making TV plans for a year from now. Matt LeBlanc, of course, is getting his own spinoff, ”Joey,” and David Schwimmer will also still be working for NBC, albeit behind the camera. Variety reports that he’s set to produce (though not star in) a pilot for a prospective sitcom called ”How to Remodel a Man.” Like ABC’s ”8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” ”Remodel” is based on a book by humor columnist Bruce Cameron. Here, Cameron’s tips on how to train guys to ask for directions or leave the seat down will be turned into the story of a divorced man who turns to his exes for advice.

Lisa Kudrow is also putting on her TV producer hat, working on a movie for the ABC Family channel. It’s called ”Picking Up and Dropping Off,” and it stars Scott Wolf and Amanda Detmer as two single parents coping with their own exes and kids as their relationship blossoms. It shoots at the end of this month in Calgary, with a planned airdate in December.

PRIZE PATROL Even though they came up empty-handed at the Emmys on Sunday, the ”Friends” stars and their spouses were spotted cheerfully holding court at a table at HBO’s afterparty. Well, not all the spouses — Brad Pitt was still in Mexico, shooting his epic ”Troy.” How did Jennifer Aniston cope with his absence from the big night? ”I actually have a picture of him,” she told People magazine after the ceremony, ”on my underwear.” You can read all about the latest developments in the lives of the cast, including the name of Matthew Perry’s new non-celebrity girlfriend, in the cover story in this week’s People.


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