David Schwimmer has not had a major role in a TV series since the end of "Friends" a decade ago. ©AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

David Schwimmer has not had a major role in a TV series since the end of “Friends” a decade ago.
©AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

(Relaxnews) – The former “Friends” star will headline “Irreversible,” a comedy adapted from the Israeli show “Bilti Hafich,” for ABC.

Fans of David Schwimmer and of “Friends” have waited ten years for this moment. After turning his attention to film projects, both as an actor and a director, Schwimmer has finally decided to return to the small screen. For his first major TV role since the end of the sitcom that launched his career, the actor who rose to fame playing Ross Geller will play Andy, a writer running low on inspiration.

Set in New York, “Irreversible” will focus on Andy and his companion Sarah, both described as eccentric and self-absorbed, as they struggle to keep their life together after the birth of their daughter. Andy is finding it difficult to write his third novel, especially following the crushing failure of his previous work. In an effort to combat his writer’s block, he decides to teach creative writing to college students.

Schwimmer will also produce the series for ABC.

Since the end of “Friends” in 2004, the actor has appeared only in supporting roles (“Band of Brothers”) and brief appearances (“30 Rock,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage”). The TV icon turned his attention instead to the cinema over the past decade and even directed two features: “Run, Fatboy, Run” (2007) with Simon Pegg and “Trust” (2010) with Clive Owen.

With the exception of Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel on “Friends,” all of Schwimmer’s former co-stars have continued to focus on TV projects. Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) have joined the Showtime family in the comedies “Episodes” and “Web Therapy,” while Courteney Cox (Monica) has become the star of “Cougar Town” on TBS. Matthew Perry (Chandler) is set to make yet another attempt to return to the airwaves, this time in a remake of the 1970s comedy “The Odd Couple,” coming to CBS this year.

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