CONFIRMED: Original “Friends” Cast Returns For A Reunion
For a long time, there has been speculation whether if the original cast of Friends would return, but it is now confirmed. After 16 years, the show is back for a reunion.
On February 21 2020, all the six cast members posted on social media that “It’s happening” with this new unscripted reunion-special. The special episode will be produced for HBO Max and will be directed by Ben Winston and produced by Fulwell 73 and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.
This means that Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original soundstage that they worked on during the show, aka Stage 24 on Warner Bros. studio in Burbank. The cast will be executive produce along with its series creators Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. HBO Max bought the right of the series for $425 million and has been the one of the more popular series on Netflix.
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”
Friends were between 1994-2004 one of the worlds most popular TV-series ever made and continue to be so. The episode will be available together with all the ten seasons of the series on HBO Max in May, at the launch.