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I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU: THE ONE ABOUT FRIENDS Kelsey Miller Loot.co.za (R367) HANOVER SQUARE

KELSEY Miller has writ­ten the quin­tes­sen­tial fan book for those ob­sessed with the hit TV sit­com Friends. I’ll Be There For You gives read­ers an in­sider’s look at what it takes to launch a show that not only had an im­pact on a decade of tele­vi­sion, but also re­mains a pop cul­ture icon. Miller leads read­ers through in­sider scoops and in­cludes be­hind-the-scenes in­ter­views. She high­lights trends such as “the Rachel” hair­cut and celebrity guest ap­pear­ances, but doesn’t ig­nore the bad. One theme that weaves through the book is the ca­ma­raderie among the ac­tors. Spear­headed by Lisa Kudrow and David Sch­wim­mer, they were among the first to in­sist on equal pay for cast mem­bers. And

Court­ney Cox im­ple­mented the un­of­fi­cial “all for one” agree­ment.

If one left, the other five would fol­low. Miller points out that Friends has with­stood the test of time. Once Net­flix of­fered the show to sub­scribers, a new gen­er­a­tion be­gan binge-watch­ing the show. Fi­nally, Miller com­pares Friends to com­fort food. No mat­ter what your mood, Ross, Joey, Chan­dler, Mon­ica, Phoebe and Rachel will be there for you. |

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