Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' is up to this week. Perry nearly sobs over the finale, and Cox gets animated over Cartoon Network idea

By Gary Susman
April 07, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
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OVER AND DUNN Snarky Chandler reduced to tears? Believe it or not, that was Matthew Perry on the night the ”Friends” finale taped in January. ”I didn’t cry, but I felt like I was about to for like seven hours,” Perry told the New York Daily News. ”There was a sweet moment where my girlfriend [fashion student Rachel Dunn] and I went for a walk on the stage. No one was there. We just held hands and walked around. It was sweet.”

Could Perry have been crying because he thinks his career has peaked? ”None of us will probably be involved in anything as successful as ‘Friends’ again,” he told the Daily News. ”That’s something we just have to deal with.” Nonetheless, he says, ”If I never work again, that’s not crashing and burning — that’s called already making your mark. And, without the safety net of the show to go back to, I guess we’ll all be a little more careful picking movies!”

Perry, who’s been everywhere over the past couple of weeks promoting Friday’s release of his movie sequel ”The Whole Ten Yards,” made one surprise stop at the New York studio of TV’s ”Extra,” where he met ABC’s new ”Bachelor” star Jesse Palmer and sang for him an impromptu musical tribute, accompanying himself on ukulele. ”He’s the Bach’lor/He’s gotta pick a girl,” croaked Perry. Hey, Matthew, don’t quit your day job — oops, too late.

‘SQUIRREL’, INTERRUPTED Courteney Cox and David Arquette have a production in development, and we don’t mean their baby, due in July. According to Arquette, the kid-minded couple and producers of decorating show ”Mix It Up” are adding a new show to their roster, a family-oriented cartoon. While promoting his new movie ”Never Die Alone,” Arquette told about the project. ”We’ve been developing a bunch of things,” he said, most notably, ”a kid’s show. It’s not just for kids anymore; it’s like ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ it’s for the whole family. It’s on Cartoon Network, and it’s called ‘The Dirt Squirrel.’ And it’s about a crime fighting, martial-arts squirrel. I’m not sure if he’s a gray squirrel or a brown squirrel, but it’s a flying squirrel. We don’t have animators quite yet. It’s mixed media, so there will be some on-camera stuff. But it’s for Cartoon Network, so it’s 80 percent cartoons.” No word on whether the character will have a pal who’s a slow-witted moose.

Additional reporting by Liane Bonin