TVLine Items: Friends Sets Up Shop in NYC, Hulu Will Party Down and More

Friends Central Perk

Calling all Friends fans in (or with access to) New York City: You’re about to get an exciting perk. Central Perk, that is.

Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the NBC sitcom’s iconic coffee shop in New York City this fall, Entertainment Weekly was first to report.

In addition to providing free coffee, the pop-up location in downtown Manhattan will allow visitors to take photos on the orange couch from the show, enjoy weekly musical performances — perhaps David Schwimmer will have another go on the keyboard? — and play trivia games. Bonus: James Michael Tyler (aka “Gunther”) will make special appearances.

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Central Perk will be open Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 18, located at 199 Lafayette Street in New York City.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Party Down, Starz’s short-lived comedy about aspiring actors who work for a Los Angeles catering company. Every episode of the series — whose cast includes Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch and Megan Mullally — will be available on Hulu Plus starting Aug. 29, while the first five episodes will be available for free on for a limited time.

* Just days after its debut, Netflix has renewed Will Arnett’s animated series BoJack Horseman for a 12-episode second season, per The Hollywood Reporter.

* Tuesday’s ratings report: NBC’s America’s Got Talent dominated with 9.4 million viewers and a 2.1 rating, ticking up a tenth in the demo week-to-week. Food Fighters (4.7 mil/1.1) also rose a tenth, while ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise matched Monday’s 4.8 mil/1.3.

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* A new trailer has been unveiled for Showtime’s upcoming drama The Affair, which stars Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) as two unfaithful spouses. Press PLAY on the video below to hear West’s Noah and Wilson’s Allison tell a few white lies about their illicit romance. The Affair bows Oct. 12.

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  1. Babybop says:

    What I would give to not live across the country from Central Perk. Sigh. But I’m super excited about Party Down! It’s about time that I rewatched that series.

  2. Dave says:

    Is “The Affair” basically a remake of “Betrayal” with less attractive leads?

  3. YesIndeed says:

    Aren’t they, like, 10 years too late on the Friends thing? Who even remembers it anymore?

  4. anon123 says:

    I’m visiting NYC for the first time this Christmas. Missed Central Perk just by a couple of weeks. :(

  5. torimelching says:

    I am still holding out hope for a Party Down movie.