This Week’s Podcast: Oprah, Friends & LaLanne

Been a while since I’ve posted a radio chat with my old pal Scott Thompson over at Hamilton, Ont.’s CHML. Apologies for my froggy voice–it has dogged me since the TCA hack-a-thon earlier this month in Pasadena.
Scott wants to talk about Regis Philbin’s announced departure from Live! (he will be 80 this August) as well as Oprah and the long lost sister episode. Monday’s Oprah, by the way, drew close to 1.4 million viewers at 4 p.m. on CTV according to overnight estimates, more than double her usual daytime audience in Canada. 



Cox, Lawrence on Cougar Town set (ABC/Mitch Haddad)



We also talk about the convergence of shows from the former Friends. Courteney Cox, or course, is into her second season on Cougar Town (tonight at 9:30 p.m. on Citytv), Matt LeBlanc is on the new cable comedy Episodes (airing Mondays at 8 p.m. on Movie Central and 9 p.m. on The Movie Network). Matthew Perry’s new ABC comedy Mr Sunshine premieres Feb. 7 in the Cougar Town slot (giving that series a rest until April). Lisa Kudrow gets back in the act soon hosting new episodes of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
Jennifer Aniston has her film career. David Schwimmer is still in the witness protection plan.
I joined dozens of other critics on the set of Cougar Town two weeks ago in Los Angeles. It’s a friendly, laid-back set and that’s no accident, says Cox. Her showrunner, Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) went into the project with a strict “No Assholes” policy. Life’s too short to work with jerks is how Lawrence sees it.
Saw LeBlanc a day latter on press tour and told him about Cox’s happy set. He deadpanned that she was the only asshole on Friends. Funny.
We also salute the late great Jack LaLanne. You can listen in here.

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