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Friends reunion special likely to film at end of summer

Friends actors Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were scheduled to reunite for a reunion special episode on HBO Max.

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: May 12, 2020 2:07:21 pm
Friends HBO Max reunion special episode Friends’ reunion episode was slated to stream on HBO Max from May 27. (Photo: Jennifer Aniston/Instagram)

The shooting of the much-anticipated Friends reunion special, which had been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus-led production shutdown, is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The one-off event, featuring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, was originally slated to be available on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max for its May 27 launch.

WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said they are hoping to get back to production soon.

“At first we thought, shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most, and now it seems like it’s going to be far longer than that. We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production.

“We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together and we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms,” Greenblatt told Variety on Monday.

However, the senior executive added that should the lockdown continue indefinitely, the reunion “may go more to a virtual route, if it is delayed too long.”

“But at the moment, we’re trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way, and I think it’s worth waiting for.

“We would have loved to have had it on day one, but at the same time, if we can get it launched in the fall, I think it’ll be something that we can have the audience really looking forward to as well,” he added.

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