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No Plans For ‘FRIENDS’ Reunion, Says Marta Kauffman

There are no plans to do a "Friends" reunion show or reboot, said Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the hugely popular sitcom, during a panel discussion celebrating the show's 25th anniversary

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Central Perk set from the tv series Friends, Warner Bros, Studios, Burbank, California, USA. Wikimedia Commons

There are no plans to do a “Friends” reunion show or reboot, said Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the hugely popular sitcom. During a panel discussion celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary, Kauffman opened up about the possibility of a revival series or reunion special, reports “variety.com”.

“We will not be doing a reunion show. We will not be doing a reboot,” said Kauffman, who was joined by co-creator David Crane and executive producer Kevin Bright for the session.

“There are two reasons for that. One of the reasons we won’t do a reunion is because this is a show about a time in your life when your friends are your family. And when you have a family, that changes. But the other reason is it’s not going to beat what we did,” Kauffman explained.

To this, Crane added: “We did the show we wanted to do. We got it right, and we put a bow on it. If you visited those characters now, it just would not be the same DNA and chances are, it wouldn’t be as good.”

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Three members of the cast of Friends and a stand in, at the rehearsal for the 1995 Emmy Awards – September 9, 1995. Wikimedia Commons

The show, which aired from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Mathew Perry and David Schwimmer as Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Joey Tribiani, Chandler Bing and Ross Geller respectively.

The team also discussed the sexism controversy that the pilot episode had sparked off back in the day.

In that episode, Monica (Cox) goes to bed with a guy on their first date. The creators said the network pushed back at this storyline because an NBC executive was concerned that viewers might have an issue with Monica’s willingness to sleep with a man on the first date. They came up with a rationale to approve the storyline.

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“The person who was the head of NBC at the time felt that Monica got what she deserved for sleeping with a guy on the first date,” Kauffman said, adding that the executive painted the character Monica as a “slut” or “whore”.

Bright said that the network sent out a survey to viewers, as a sort of focus group, to see how audiences felt about Monica and the plot.

“They handed out an actual survey to see if people felt that she was a slut — and nobody cared. They liked her. There was no judgement that came from the survey,” Bright said. (IANS)

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Blockchain to Support User Voting on the Fight to Fame Show

Know everything about blockchain and how user voting works in a fight to fame show

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Blockchain is vital for added transparency, and Fight to Fame will be using this technology for its voting system. Pixabay

At some point in our lives, you’ve probably voted for our favorite contestant in some competition or reality show. While not necessarily understanding how the voting system works, you still voted anyway because the idea of supporting that person was your top priority.

Fast forward to the present, a lot of anomalies have risen about voting systems being controlled by producers and not really being presented the honest results. Today, at the back of the viewers’ minds, there’s this constant doubt that the results may be rigged by politics in the show.

Lucky for us, blockchain technology has a way to counter that. Blockchain is vital for added transparency, and Fight to Fame will be using this technology for its voting system. 

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We’ve all voted for our favourite contestant on some reality show and the blockchain technology helps us understand how these voting systems work. Pixabay

How Blockchain Works

Being a relatively new concept to the world, a lot of people still don’t understand how blockchain technology really works. Most people have probably heard about cryptocurrencies, more specifically the ever-popular Bitcoin – which we can credit much of blockchain’s fame to.

While it’s the more popular application, cryptocurrencies are just a form of how blockchain can be used and there are still other applications that prove to be useful for several industries. A lot of developers are looking for applications that might be breakthroughs for their industry.

Ever since it was first released years ago, blockchain technology has always instilled the notion that it promotes trust and transparency among its users. These are two issues that have long plagued several industries – including the entertainment industry. 

With blockchain, there’s a guarantee that these issues won’t ever surface. In the simplest sense, the technology itself is a digital ledger – which is a chain and not central storage – that relies on peer-to-peer verification, processing, and recording. Whatever the transaction is, it can exist in millions of nodes that won’t easily be erased nor corrupted. Compared to previous technology, blockchain banks on the idea that there’s never central storage of information but millions which make it incredibly transparent to those who are part of the chain. 

Given the importance of transparency for blockchain technology, it’s quite understandable how big industries – financial institutions – are looking into how they can incorporate it into their systems. This is just one of its many applications, but it’s already been changing how the game is played for several industries. Who knows what other revolutionary applications it’ll bring to the world in the future. 

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Given the importance of transparency for blockchain technology, it’s quite understandable how big industries – financial institutions – are looking into how they can incorporate it into their systems.

Blockchain Applied to the Fight to Fame Show

Reality shows, over the years, have cultivated skepticism about their voting systems. Voting frauds have been exposed and people are now doubtful about how these systems actually work.

Of course, viewers won’t really know the real results unless they investigate them but what the show’s production chooses to show is basically what the public gets. So if the results were rigged, viewers won’t really know, right?

As discussed in the previous section, blockchain technology guarantees the kind of transparency viewers are looking from reality shows. With the show’s unique business model that banks on blockchain technology to support several functions, gaining trust won’t be a problem. 

Being a reality show, viewers can buy Fight to Fame Action Star Championship Series cards, the show’s very own cryptocurrency, to support their favorite candidates. The show’s tokens give viewers VIP access to exclusive events and will let them place their bets on their favorite contestants without really worrying if their money will go to waste or not.

Unlike other reality shows, the decentralized voting system uses blockchain technology, through its cryptocurrency, to innately promote transparency. This technology is extremely difficult to rig which is why voters can guarantee that the results they see are the real results. As a show that gives the average person a chance to stardom, this transparency is indeed vital to holding the public’s interest. During crucial assessment episodes, the public will be at the edge of their seats, voting for their bet. 

Knowing that there’s no way the voting system can be rigged will have people working twice as hard to guarantee that their bet will win which makes the public even more invested in the show. This kind of engagement will not only propel the show’s popularity, but also the contestants’. 

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At the end of the day, blockchain technology’s use in this show isn’t just useful for its producers, but also for both the viewers and the contestants. Who doesn’t want to witness a fairly played competition?