OH. MY. GOD. IT IS HAPPENING! After years of begging, pleading, willing to sell souls, the Friends reunion has been confirmed!
It’s something that has been in the works for a while, though never confirmed if it would ever take off. Now, the blessed day has arrived where Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer have sealed the deal and will be returning to the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, over on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to pay tribute to the ten-year series which ended back in 2004.
To announce the exciting news, the super six took to Instagram to post an iconic throwback photoshoot with the caption “it’s happening…” while tagging HBO Max and their fellow castmates.
The special will be available along with all 236 episodes upon the HBO Max streaming debut – undoubtedly a genius bid to attract subscribers. The season left Netflix US this January (still available internationally in several countries including the UK) which was definitely a huge loss to the leading streaming service, as third-party market research shows Friends was one of Netflix’s most-watched shows. Home Entertainment reported that sales of both digital and physical versions of the series have “roughly tripled” since the news broke that it would be leaving Netflix.
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together –– we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courtney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for a HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” says Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of 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.”
Ben Winston will direct the Friends reunion special and executive produce alongside the original executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.
ARGH! Can you believe it? Our dreams are coming true! Let us know what you think in the comments or on Twitter @TheHoneyPop!
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