Another record low in viewership for 'Pandemmys'
(The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)NEW YORK – The novelty of television stars getting Emmy Awards delivered to their homes wasn't enough to keep the annual show from slipping further in popularity. The Nielsen company said 6.1 million people watched the Emmys on Sunday night, down from 6.9 million in 2019 and the third straight year of record low viewership. Still, it illustrated how the Emmy Awards are becoming a boutique event. Last year was the first time viewership slipped under 10 million people. Viewership is also fragmented across many different networks and streaming services, and several shows don't have a wide audience.
Hollywood power publicist and pal to stars Nanci Ryder dies
Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Rene Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrigs disease in Los Angeles. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for Judy earlier this year. Stints at Goldberg-Ehrlich Public Relations and Management and Michael Levine Public Relations followed, before she formed Nanci Ryder Public Relations in 1984, with Fox as her first client. In 1987, she co-founded the firm BWR Public Relations with Paul Baker and Larry Winokur. This spring, the firm's parent company, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, shut down BWR Public Relations, moving staffers or laying them off.
Jennifer Aniston literally broke Instagram with her debut
When Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram, the volume of people trying to follow her crashed the app. MENLO PARK, Calif. - Jennifer Aniston's debut on Instagram started with a bang -- by crashing the app. "We are aware that some people were having issues following Jen's profile," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement to CNN. Aniston took to her new Instagram page to acknowledge the glitches with a funny video. "As of now, people should be able to access and follow her profile with no problems," a Facebook company spokesperson said.
'Friends' co-stars reunite for a rare selfie, and it's perfection
Courteney Cox posed with former co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc on Saturday night. Thanks to this awesome selfie that Courteney Cox shared on Instagram, we're doing great. The "Friends" actor posed with former co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc on Saturday night. "A rare night and I love it," Cox captioned the photo. Well yeah, if the other three besties -- Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer -- were also in it.
A Bunch of Phoebes Sang 'Smelly Cat' to Celebrate 'Friends' Anniversary
Could "Friends" fans be anymore excited? You could call it "The One With All the Phoebes," when a flash mob of Phoebe Buffays stormed New Yorks Union Square to perform the quirky song Smelly Cat from the beloved sitcom. This week, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the shows premiere, 25 Phoebes played the tune in New York to the surprise of many roaming the area. She took to Instagram to thank fans for the continued love. RELATED STORIESCops Ask for Help Identifying Alleged Thief Who Looks Suspiciously Like 'Friends' StarIs 'Seinfeld' Offensive?
Google marks 25 years of 'Friends' with Easter eggs
(L-R) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay. (CNN) - This weekend marks 25 years since "Friends" hit TV screens -- and Google is marking the occasion with a sparkling special feature. The search engine has launched seven "Friends"-themed "Easter eggs" that show users special icons when they search for their favorite character. A search for Ross Geller, pop-culture's most famous paleontologist, brings up a couch -- click on it, and you'll hear Ross' helpful suggestion to "pivot!" For fans who search for "Friends glossary," the search engine will pull definitions for "unfloopy," "phalange," "hand twin" and "mississipily" -- just in case you needed reminding.
'Friends' remains popular, especially in China
Handout/Getty ImagesHOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Nearly 25 years ago, Rachel Green stumbled into Central Perk, dripping wet in a wedding dress -- and "Friends" was born. Several of the starring actors posted the same group photo on Instagram, of the five arm-in-arm strolling down the street. posted a similar message with the group photo, adding, "Big love to the other five friends." In China, many used the show to teach American-style English, and there's even Central Perk replica cafes in Beijing and Shanghai. Despite ceasing production 15 years ago, the show's popularity has endured -- a Chinese fan group has created a Friends-themed 2020 calendar.