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Matthew Perry, the 21st-Century Dabney Coleman

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The former Friends star continues his de-Chandlerification, striking a deal to star in a new series from Peter Tolan (Rescue Me). In Showtime’s The End of Steve, Perry will play an afternoon talk-show host in Rochester, New York, who’s foul-mouthed offstage and desperate to get out of town to a bigger city.

Plus: Perry deserves a better vehicle than Studio 60; Tolan nailed this kind of backstage-TV milieu with The Larry Sanders Show.

Minus: Sounds a little too much like Buffalo Bill, right down to the upstate New York setting.

Nonetheless, I’m glad to see Perry—my second-favorite Friends actor after Lisa Kudrow—working on TV again. This calls for a TV Poll! What other currently showless actor would you like to give a series to? Actually, let’s make it a little more challenging: What other currently showless actor besides Andy Richter would you like to give a series to?

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