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What if Monica and Chandler got divorced, but everybody (including them) stayed Friends? Courteney Cox and David Arquette are developing an ensemble sitcom about a couple in just such a situation. Now there's word that NBC has bought the show, which is called Ten Years.
Sources told TVLine that that the show will explore “the ebb and flow of a [decade-long] relationship for a recently separated couple in the center of a group of friends and family."
The announcement led gossip columnist Perez Hilton to joke about the real-life exes that "maybe this separation is merely research!"
Well, that would be a little extreme. But according to an earlier report from TV Line, there’s "buzz two of the characters on the potential series are loosely inspired by Cox and Arquette, whose amicable split and joint child-rearing arrangement would provide fertile ground for storylines."
The show will be produced by the couple in conjunction with their company, Coquette Productions, and rumor has it that Arquette may costar. Cox, of course, is already busy with the starring role in ABC's Cougar Town, which will return for its third season in January. She's also a regular fixture on the Dancing With the Stars sidelines cheering on her not-yet-ex hubby -- who admitted to Howard Stern that the two are "in the friend zone" -- along with their daughter Coco, 7!
Ironically, Cox and Arquette won't be the only sitcom about an amicably separated couple. Fran Drescher and her ex, Peter Marc Jacobson, co-produce TV Land's Happily Divorced -- based on their own experience. Season 2 is scheduled to air this spring.
For some people, apparently, getting separated is just the beginning of a great business partnership!