Vanity Fair has an extensive oral history of Friends that you can currently read on-line. It’s mostly a behind-the-scenes look at how former president of NBC Warren Littlefield and Jennifer Aniston used to run into each other on the street sometimes and also about how Matt LeBlanc got drunk the night before his audition and scraped his face on the sidewalk. But then there is also this quote concerning the casting of Matthew Perry as “Chandler”:

MARTA KAUFFMAN (writer and producer of Friends): It was a fascinating casting experience. We saw a countless number of actors, but things happened as they were supposed to happen. One of the first actors on our list was Matthew Perry to play Chandler, but he was doing a show called LAX 2194 [a Fox pilot about baggage handlers in the year 2194], so he wasn’t available. We brought other people in.

Hold on. Yeerrrrrrrp STOP THE BLOG CAR! Why are we even sitting around talking about a beloved sitcom that everyone in the world knows and loves that defined a generation of television watchers when we should be talking about LAX 2194. Hi, are you kidding me?! A FOX PILOT ABOUT BAGGAGE HANDLERS IN THE YEAR 2194? Wowowowowow! “Imagine the best idea you’ve ever heard. Now double it.” How is that show not on the air still? Was it TOO perfect? Everyone take the rest of the day off and go be with your families. You should be with people you love right now.

Comments (30)
  1. It’s a shame that the pilot never made it all the way to is destination timeslot. Maybe they should have tipped the actors a little better, amirite?

  2. Is that picture weirding anyone else out? Why are they sharing the milkshakes when there are other perfectly good desserts just sitting there!?! the 90s were weird

  3. Could I BE carrying anymore luggage?

  4. Coincidentally, “I’ll Be There For You” was also going to be the theme song for LAX 2194.

  5. The One Where Nobody Gives a Good God Damn, Vanity Fair.

  6. “I’ve seen it a few times.” -topknot’s Oral History of Friends

  7. Once Fox decided not to pick up LAX 2194 it became a moo point for the NBC casting directors.

  8. They had to cancel LAX 2194 because their fact-checkers discovered that DUH-DOY, California would have detached from the US by then and sunk into the ocean. They tried to rework it as a show about baggage handlers in an underwater docking bay, but it didn’t stick.

  9. What a missed product placement opportunity for Bing Travel.

  10. A Baggage Handler to a Baggy Chandler.

  11. If the show took off would they have had to rename the series every season? LAX 2195 , etc? THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION!

  12. am i the only one who thinks that in the picture Ross is dry humping Monica? no,… just me then okay well i’ll just continue to pleasure myself to thoughts of Cersei and Jaime Lannister.

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