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"I’m a huge “Friends” fan. I feel like, at this point, I’ve outed myself. I tried to play it so cool for the first year and a half that I was on the show with Courteney, but now I feel like I talk about it enough. I watch “Friends” still twice a day on reruns because it’s amazing. It totally holds up. And I will reference things from “Friends” to Courteney and she gives me this blank look like I’m a crazy person. She always says, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I’m like, “Remember when you guys went to the Bahamas because Ross had that paleontology conference?” And she just looks at me like I’m crazy."
It’s been a long time coming, but Michelle Williams finally popped up on “Cougar Town” this year … and it wasn’t publicized! Busy Philipps revealed how it all came together.
Since the show started basically, we’ve heard about you trying to get Michelle Williams to make a cameo. How did the stars finally align for it to happen? Well, over the summer, Michelle and I went over to Courteney’s house for a Sunday afternoon and Bill was there. We just were joking around and he said, “I have this idea for the tag of the very first episode of all the ridiculous things that are not going to happening this year on ‘Cougar Town.’” Michelle’s schedule is so insane and we had this little snippet together. [Laughs.] When it was over, she looked at me and said, “Can I stay for more?” So I said, “Well, yes! Of course!” It was so fun to do and I think it was sort of perfect that we didn’t publicize it. It was just sort of a treat for the fans of the show. We had a blast! [Laughs.] It was so fun for me to see Michelle dressed up like that, doing the accent and being Laurie’s sister. The goal was just to make ourselves laugh so we definitely did that and then I was glad when other people were excited about it, too.
I do believe that if Twitter and Facebook and these things had existed, there’s no way ‘Freaks and Geeks’ would have been canceled. The fans would have fought for it. Bill has really changed the game. You’re just at the mercy of the network and where they want to put their money, and if they want to throw all their money at ‘Whitney’ billboards, then that’s fine, but we can do all we can to promote the show ourselves.