Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' is up to this week. Jennifer Aniston says she'll do no more TV after ''Friends,'' and the cast seeks advice from sitcom vets on how to cope with the series' end

By Gary Susman
December 17, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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Thanks to her burgeoning movie career (”The Good Girl,” ”Bruce Almighty,” and the upcoming ”Along Came Polly”), not to mention the millions she’s banked from ”Friends,” Jennifer Aniston never has to do TV again if she doesn’t want to. And she doesn’t want to, she told TV’s ”Extra” over the weekend. Asked if she’d ever star in another series, she said, ”No, never again, not because I don’t love TV. I just don’t know how it could ever follow ‘Friends.’ It would be ridiculous.”

Aniston made her remarks at a press junket for ”Polly,” the romantic comedy she made with fellow Must-See Thursday night mainstay Debra Messing and Ben Stiller. Talking about the movie, which opens Jan. 16, was apparently a welcome distraction from thinking about the ”Friends” finale, which shoots next month. ”We only have three shows left to tape and with each one it gets harder just to read the lines,” she told reporters. ”We’re all just nerves and raw emotions. We’re a little out of our bodies. No one knows how to feel. We may need to be sedated on the last night.” Of the wrap-up, she said, ”It’s 10 years of incredible people, but it’s ending, and it doesn’t seem like it really needs to.”

Aniston said she and the cast had talked to other veterans of beloved, long-running sitcoms to learn how they coped when their shows ended. She said Matthew Perry had recently asked Mary Tyler Moore how she got over the end of the seven-year run of ”The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1977, only to learn that ”she hasn’t gotten over it.” Aniston added, ”We heard the same thing from Rhea Perlman [”Cheers”] and Danny DeVito [”Taxi”]. Danny just did our show and said not a day goes by where he doesn’t think about the family he had on his show; it’s unlike any movie, play.” She concluded, ”I think that’s pretty much how I’m going to feel in years to come. That last show is going to be one of the happiest and saddest moments of my life.”