Though it all started way back in 1994, the sitcom Friends and its characters remain a household favorite even in 2019. Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, and Joey were never mere characters. But, they were part of our lives for a long time. We cried with them, laughed with them and felt every other emotion as if it was all so real and true. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the sitcom and fans of the show looked forward to seeing their favorite characters together one more time. After lots of speculations, the good news is out for all those fans.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the six stars of the show along with the creators of the evergreen comedy series from Warner Bros. TV are in talks for a reunion on HBO Max. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman are expected to be part of the unscripted reunion special.
Sources say that every fan’s dream would become a reality if the deals with the cast and the creatives work out. Given their busy schedules, the only challenge after that would be finding a suitable date that works for the cast and the creators. Though the news was not confirmed through a statement by HBO Max or Warner Bros. Television, it comes soon after HBO Max won the rights to air the sitcom. Previously, the sitcom was aired on Netflix. However, the new WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max outbid Netflix and secured the rights to air the show. Daily Mail reported that HBO Max paid $85 million per year in a five-year deal to gain streaming rights. WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt are said to be the driving force behind the Friends reunion.
A mini Friends reunion had happened in 2016 on NBC to honor the legendary director and producer James Burrows. However, only five of the six stars were able to participate. Matthew Perry could not attend the show.
While none of the main cast ever suggested a reboot of the show, during an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2019, Jennifer Aniston did clarify, “We would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.” Recently, the actress also broke the internet with a picture featuring the 6 stars of the sitcom.
Meanwhile, the sitcom’s producer Warner Bros. TV has been busy celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary by placing replica couches at various landmarks across the globe. They have also been organizing a special theatrical screening of some of the loved episodes.