Finally, after years of speculations and rumors, it’s official: the cast of the beloved NBC sitcom Friends will return for a one-hour reunion special on HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max. Here’s everything we know so far!
The One Where They Get Back Together: The Friends HBO Max Special
Now, after years of fans begging, a Friends reunion is here! The one-off, one-hour special will air this spring, May specifically, on HBO Max. The best part of all? Everyone, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, are all on board! Additionally, series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman will also join the unscripted fun!
“Guess you could call this the ‘One Where They All Got Back Together,'” joked HBO Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly in a statement. “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.” Since then, even more details of this incredible Friends reunion have emerged. Most importantly, HBO will film the special where the original show filmed, on Warner Bros. Studio Stage 24. Meanwhile, news also leaked that each cast member would earn somewhere between $2-3 million for the HBO reunion!
So what else do fans know? Well, HBO announced the Friends reunion will that special will be unscripted. However, its not known whether it will be in an improvised, Curb Your Enthusiasm-style show or a sit-down interview, in the vein of an Andy Cohen show.
Still, fans don’t seem to care much – they’re just happy it’s happening! After all, for years, it seemed as though the cast of Friends would never reunite. Even last September, Kauffman and Crane said no to a reunion special. “The reason we won’t do a reunion is this is a show about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you start having a family, that changes,” they said. “So it wouldn’t be what’s at the heart of the show anymore. The other reason is, it’s not going to beat what we did.” Now, though, it seems like they have found a middle ground! An unscripted reunion special gives the fans what they want, without ruining or changing the Friends legacy.
After the announcement, the entire cast teased the reunion on their social media mages. “It’s happening,” they all wrote in a caption, and each uploaded a different old promo photo from the days they shot the series (except for Matt LeBlanc, who doesn’t have an Instagram account). As you might imagine, this took the internet by storm!
A Show That Ended 16 Years Ago
Friends fans are known for being quite obsessive. In fact, some of today’s fans weren’t even born when the show ended in 2004! Television experts say the show’s relatability and PG sense of humor have helped it remain popular, even today. Others contribute today’s nostalgia trend to Friends on-going success; 90’s trends, from fashion to television, are more popular than ever.
HBO hopes to ride this wave, as it purchased the rights to Friends from Netflix for a whopping $500 million last year. At the time, many fans felt disappointed that they would now need yet another subscription to yet another platform to watch the series. However, after HBO announced the Friends reunion, many seemed to change their tune.
We’ll have to wait on further updates; Hollywood is keeping it very tight-lipped. Could this be any more suspenseful?