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Veteran comedy scribe Crane skewers "ruthless business"

“Friends” co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik’s Showtime comedy is a takedown of the backstabbing Hollywood power players who are too narcissistic to realize their own vulnerability. To wit: The episode Crane is nominated for writing sees network executive Merc (John Pankow) receive his Man of the Year award, unaware his office is being cleared out for his replacement. “I remember the day after the ‘Friends’ finale walking down the street at Warner Bros. and seeing them taking David’s name off the parking space,” Klarik says. “It’s a ruthless business. That’s what makes it such a fun show to do.”

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