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TV Blog Buzz: 'Friends' revisited 10 years later; 'Lost' creators look back

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It's been a decade since "Friends" went off the air, ending its 10-season run with a fan-friendly finale that saw Ross and Rachel back together, and Monica and Chandler starting a family.

Show creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane tell Entertainment Weekly they're still happy with how they crafted the finale all these years later and have no regrets. They say the happy ending wasn't about pleasing fans, it was about being true to their story.

"We were never plugged into social media and listening to fan sites. There were enough opinions among the dozen writers in the writer's room, not to mention the cast, not to mention (executive producer and director Kevin Bright) — everybody had a strong opinion about this," says Crane.

"There are things that people want, but then there are things that you just feel are the right thing to do for your show," adds Kauffman.

"The show tells you what to do — the fans don't."

They also say the chances of a reunion are next to nil.

"If anyone wants 'Friends,' turn on your TV! Amazingly, thank God, it's there. And these are all great actors that you're seeing all the time in other things. Marta and I've talked about this a lot: People say they want it, and the more that we say it's a bad idea, people (disagree). But I think if we actually gave it to people, there would be such backlash," says Crane.


Maybe Crane is a little charitable in suggesting all the "Friends" stars are as busy as ever and all doing great things. The New York Post ranks the cast from most successful post-"Friends" (Jennifer Aniston) to least (David Schwimmer).


"Lost" creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have admitted what fans and haters have said all along: much of the mostly gripping TV show wasn't very good. It's been 10 years since "Lost" premiered with an explosive pilot that riveted viewers. The mysterious drama had several strong seasons ahead but petered out and lost many fans as it stumbled to its love-it-or-hate-it finale.

"We wanted to make sure there was no ambiguity as to whether we were finished," Lindelof tells Esquire magazine.

"We'll call the final episode "The End," we'll kill every major character off — and then not only kill them off but show what happens to them after they're dead. That's as far as you can go!"

Lindelof doesn't mince words when addressing criticisms of the show.

"We did 121 hours of 'Lost.' Arguably only 15 to 20 of them were subpar, bordering on turds," Lindelof says.

"It would be great to pretend those episodes never happened, but I love the fact that we're still talking about Nikki and Paulo. Sometimes the mistake, the thing that wasn't good, is the thing that's really part of the legacy of a show like ours."


Next year will mark the 20-year anniversary of "Full House" going off the air, but the Internet is already having fun spoofing the family-friendly show.

First, there was a YouTube video called "'Full House' Without Michelle," in which the character played by both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is digitally scrubbed from the show. The concept of the video is described as: "Did Danny Tanner deal with the grief of losing his pregnant wife in a fatal car crash by creating an imaginary daughter named Michelle?"

And a film student used an ominous soundtrack and creative editing to turn "Full House" into a horror story about creepy "nice guy" father Danny Tanner.

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