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Is 'Friends With Benefits' the New 'Friends'?

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 17th 2010 4:00PM
For years, NBC has been looking for the new 'Friends.' Now they may have finally found it. With benefits.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered a pilot for 'Friends With Benefits,' a new single-camera sitcom from '24' executive producer Brian Grazer (pictured) that had previously been in development for ABC. They passed on the project, however, allowing NBC to scoop up the co-production from 20th TV and Imagine TV.

'Friends With Benefits' is described as a comedy that "explores modern-day romance through the eyes of five friends, each looking for 'the one' but in the meantime settling for 'friends with benefits.'" The series will be written the '(500) Days of Summer' team of Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, with the pilot scheduled to be helmed by 'Wedding Crashers' director David Dobkin.For years, NBC has been looking for the new 'Friends.' Now they may have finally found it. With benefits.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered a pilot for 'Friends With Benefits,' a new single-camera sitcom from '24' executive producer Brian Grazer (pictured) that had previously been in development for ABC. They passed on the project, however, allowing NBC to scoop up the co-production from 20th TV and Imagine TV.

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'Friends With Benefits' is described as a comedy that "explores modern-day romance through the eyes of five friends, each looking for 'the one' but in the meantime settling for 'friends with benefits.'" The series will be written the '(500) Days of Summer' team of Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, with the pilot scheduled to be helmed by 'Wedding Crashers' director David Dobkin.

This isn't the first time that NBC has gone back to the well in search of a replacement for its mega-hit 'Friends.' Since that series went off the air in 2004, the network has trotted out a number of variations on the "group of young adults looking for love in the big city" theme, including flops such as 'Coupling' (it's the British 'Friends!'), 'Four Kings' (they were childhood friends!) and 'Joey' (it's like 'Friends,' except with just one of them!).

While those shows were all failures, the formula has proven more successful on other networks, with CBS's 'How I Met Your Mother' serving as the reigning sub-genre champion. But though the title 'Friends With Benefits' both recalls the original 'Friends' while promising a more modern approach (we're waiting for them to announce the spin-off 'Sexting'), NBC's track record in replicating the massive success of 'Friends,' both commercially and critically, isn't promising.

Will 'Friends With Benefits' break that streak? Or will viewers tired of formula continue to direct their TV booty calls to Fox and CBS? Sound off below.

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