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‘Friends’ writer tries online series



Published: Mon, October 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES

Writer-producer Marta Kauffman could rest on her “Friends” laurels. Instead, she’s delving into the online-series world to explore offbeat material and a new role.

Kauffman turned official first-time director for “Georgia,” a short Web series about a warmhearted yoga instructor-therapist who needs to heal herself when it comes to romance and family.

“Georgia,” with Mary Elizabeth Ellis (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) as the title character and Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “Sons of Anarchy”) as her fiance, is on the WIGS YouTube channel. Each of the three episodes runs between five to eight minutes.

“It was so much fun,” Kauffman said of the series, which she wrote and directed. “It was a little bit like guerrilla television. We shot seven pages a day, and that’s a lot.”

WIGS launched last March. New episodes debut Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the channel.

It is the brainchild of two filmmakers, Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia.


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