It looks like the cast of Friends was just on a break after all!
After several years of speculation and fans pleading, a Friends reunion is officially happening. The six original castmates – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – will reunite for an exclusive unscripted special on the upcoming streaming platform HBO Max. When the streaming service launches in May, the unscripted special and all 236 episodes of the popular NBC sitcom will be available to subscribers.
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“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, TBS, TNT, and truTV, in a statement. “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.”
The Friends cast were the first to announce the news via social media. Five out of the six shared the same image of the cast, writing, “It’s happening.” As always, LeBlanc brought his own twist of humor to the announcement and shared, instead, a photo of the original M*A*S*H cast.
It has been confirmed that Ben Winston will direct the reunion special and will act as an executive producer alongside Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. Also, all of the six core cast members will executive producer the unscripted reunion.
Rumors surrounding the Friends reunion special has been circulating since last November.