David Schwimmer

It’s been a while, but David Schwimmer is now set to return to the small screen in his first television role since Friends ended. He’s set to play the male lead in an upcoming comedy pilot, Irreversible, from American network ABC. The pilot is based on the Israeli series, Bilti Hafich, and Schwimmer will also serve as a producer.

According to Deadline, Irreversible will be “partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “centers on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.” The report also notes that the deal includes a commitment for Schwimmer to direct a pilot for the network in the future.

Since Friends came to an end with its tenth season, Schwimmer has focused on a directing career with  features like Run, Fatboy, Run and Trust, along with episodic television and two pilots. The original series’ co-creator Segahl Avin co-wrote the adaptation and may direct the pilot, which will film in New York.

This is probably yet another sign that Friends fans should forget about any sort of reunion in the near future, but it’s an interesting move for Schwimmer and one which should finally put the director back in front of the camera instead of just behind it. What do you guys think? Let us know in the usual place!