"Jimmy Kimmel Live" staged a "Friends" mini-reunion Wednesday night, with guest Jennifer Aniston joined by former co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow in a re-created kitchen set from the longtime NBC hit.
With Aniston exhibiting mock exasperation, Kimmel corralled her into a staged reading of his "fan-fiction" script, with the host playing David Schwimmer's role as Ross. Before they began, he pulled a Rachel wig from the freezer, but Aniston declined to re-create her character's famous 'do. "I have boundaries, Jimmy," she said, tossing it off-camera.
When she protested that the script -- focused obsessively on Ross' purported lovemaking skills -- was stupid, Kimmel responded, "Is it dumber than living in a huge apartment in New York City for eight years, even though you work at a coffee shop?"
When Cox entered, Aniston said to admonished Kimmel, "Now you've dragged Court into this?" Replied the host, "That's not Court, that's Monica." After Kudrow as Phoebe joined them, Kimmel explained Chandler and Joey were dead after Marcel the monkey gave them monkey rabies.
In other "Friends" news, Warner Bros. Television, which produced the 1994-2004 show, announced it was teaming with Eight O'Clock Coffee on a pop-up coffee bar re-creating the series' Central Perk. Marking the show's 20th anniversary, the shop, at 199 Lafayette St. in the SoHo neighborhood, will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends.
James Michael Tyler, who played barista Gunther on the show, is scheduled to make occasional appearances, and there will be weekly Phoebe-like music performances -- undoubtedly to include the song "Smelly Cat."