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Series is gone, but stars still around on the small screen

David Bianculli New York Daily News

After all the hoopla, “Friends” is finally over. So what are the show’s most fervent fans supposed to do now?

For starters, there are the nightly syndicated “Friends” reruns. Then there are the DVD home-video releases. The first seven seasons are out already, and a limited-edition special “Friends finale” DVD goes on sale Tuesday from Warner Bros., with additional footage and extras.

But how do you really replace “Friends”? How about leaning back in a Barcalounger, the way Matthew Perry’s Chandler and Matt LeBlanc’s Joey used to do, and consoling yourself with doses of one friendly face at a time?

Your “Friends” will be all around TV in the next few weeks:

• Jennifer Aniston. “Friends” fans will want to catch the double-header movie night tonight on the Family Channel. Aniston stars at 8 in “Picture Perfect,” her 1997 romantic comedy featuring Kevin Bacon and Jay Mohr. The even bigger treat is 1998’s “The Object of My Affection” ( 10 p.m.), in which Aniston plays a single mom who gets help caring for her baby from a gay man; he’s played by Paul Rudd, who, as Mike, married Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe.

Aniston also appears in “Rock Star,” the 2001 Mark Wahlberg movie (Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., VH1). She’ll also be the narrator of Animal Planet’s “Growing Up Grizzly 2” (May 16 at 10 p.m.), chronicling the continuing true adventures of grizzly pups Bart and Honey-Bump.

• Matthew Perry. His best appearance comes today at 7 a.m., when FX features him as an aggressive and obnoxious attorney in a two-episode guest stint on “Ally McBeal.” His starring role in the 2002 film “Serving Sara” (Monday night at 8, Showtime) puts him opposite Elizabeth Hurley.

• Lisa Kudrow. Her movies are everywhere. She’s one of the women who doesn’t stick with Albert Brooks in the 1996 comedy “Mother,” shown Sunday at 1 p.m. on USA Network. Then she’s the wife who does stick with Billy Crystal in the 2002 comedy “Analyze That,” Monday at 1:20 a.m. on HBO. She’s also a ditsy blond, along with Mira Sorvino, in 1997’s “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” Monday night at 8 on Family Channel.

• Courteney Cox. She may be the most fun to watch the next few weeks, because her credits are the oldest. Monday night on TV Land, and again next Friday, she’ll be seen on “Family Ties” as Lauren, the last serious girlfriend of Michael J. Fox’s Alex. Those appearances are from 1987, the same year she starred as a teen chased by aliens in the film “Masters of the Universe,” showing Sunday at 7 a.m. on HBO2.

She also can be seen in 1997’s “Commandments” (May 17, at 1 p.m., WE), opposite Aidan Quinn. And if you get the Mystery Channel, you’ll get to see her most significant co-star, David Arquette, Sunday at 5 p.m. in the 1996 thriller “Scream.”

• Matt LeBlanc. Considering some of the movies in which he’s appeared, maybe it’s good that LeBlanc has a low profile this week. He’s one of the supporting players of 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” running Sunday at 5 p.m. on Cinemax Action.

• David Schwimmer. Ross from “Friends,” Schwimmer portrays himself, very humorously, in reruns of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” beginning May 17 at 8 p.m. on HBO. He plays Larry David’s new co-star, replacing Ben Stiller, in a newly recast Broadway version of “The Producers.” They don’t get along at all — and it takes all season to learn whether, and why, their casting pays off.

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