NBC Confirms Honorary ‘Friends’ Episode
For fans of the hit comedy sitcom Friends, lobbying for a reunion happened moments after the show’s conclusion in 2004. It has been a long twelve years of reruns.
But this February, it’s confirmed that five of the six cast members – Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer – are reuniting on NBC for a two-hour special to honour the work of the sitcom’s director James Burrows, who recently aired his 1000th TV episode.
Can we be any more excited?
Unfortunately, Matthew Perry will not be able to attend due to rehearsals for his West End play, The End of Longing – but he will not be left out. “Matthew may tape something for the tribute”, says his spokesperson, Lisa Kasteler.
Burrows played a pivotal role in the early days of the show, having directed the pilot episode of the show as well as fourteen others across the ten seasons. His other works include Frasier, Will & Grace, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory.
Whether the five cast members will be reuniting in the same room is in question. “I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off,” said NBC’s network chairman, Bob Greenblatt to reporters at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour, who voiced his concerns about the prospective episode.
Cast members from Burrows’ other works will also be participating in the special.
After rumours of a supposed Friends reunion movie in early 2013, the show’s co-creator Martha Kauffman laid the rumours to rest on an interview with E! News: “It’s not happening!”. She further explained, “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”
But hey, if we get to watch an all-star rendition of Smelly Cat, we’re cool with that.
The special is scheduled to air on the 21st of February on NBC.