News Nuggets: Happy ‘Friends’ day on its 20th anniversary

It may be hard to believe, but NBC’s “Friends” is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. It debuted on the peacock network September 22, 1994. A new archival search offers up a load of photos and cast videos from that first season. When the show premiered, the cast of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer were barely known to the public. Aniston and Kudrow would go on to Emmy wins for the comedy while all three men were also nominated. The show finally won as Best Comedy Series at the Emmys for its eighth season in 2002. It finished its run on NBC after 10 seasons in May, 2004. E! Online

Kate Aurthur offers up 10 fall television shows that should make you excited and four to avoid completely. On her “excited” list are: “The Affair,” “The Chair,” “Death Comes to Pemberley,” “The Flash,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Madam Secretary,” “Olive Kitteridge,” “Red Band Society,” and “Transparent.” The ones to avoid: “Manhattan Love Story,” “Mulaney,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” and “Stalker.” BuzzFeed

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The new film “The Maze Runner” boosts the weekend box office $20 million over the same time last year and last week’s dismal totals. The young adult novel adaptation’s total box office revenue in the top spot is $32.5 million. The latest Liam Neeson film “Walk Among the Tombstones” is in second with just $13.1 million. The ensemble comedy “This Is Where I Leave You” is in third with only $11.8 million. Thompson on Hollywood

Scarlett Johansson has one of the biggest box office surprises of the year. “Lucy”, her sci-fi thriller with Morgan Freeman, has now earned over $378 million worldwide over the past few months. It added $13 million more this weekend overseas. France, the home country of its director and writer Luc Besson, has been the largest market with over $39 million. The Wrap

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“The Lion King” is now the all-time total box office champion for Broadway, touring productions, and overseas. The 17-year-old musical has now logged worldwide sales of more than $6.2 billion. That overtakes “The Phantom of the Opera,” which has earned $6 billion in its overall run. The Broadway run alone for the Disney production has brought in almost $1.1 billion. Variety

Pop star Gwen Stefani discusses why she was afraid to join “The Voice” and what changed her mind. She is a new judge starting Monday night along with Pharrell Williams and the returning Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. She says, “I was really nervous about just coming on the show and doing something so different, and I didn’t know what it was going to be.” TV Guide

Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen dies at age 84 in Connecticut. She won her trophy in 1958 for the anthology series “Playhouse 90.” She was also nominated three other times for “The Winds of War,” “War and Remembrance,” and “Desperate Housewives.” Her film career included “Cape Fear,” “The Stooge,” “Kisses for My President,” and “Cry-Baby.” Variety

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