It’s officially happening!
A Friends reunion is a go at HBO Max, with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer coming back together for an unscripted special. Yeah, unscripted special, so it’s not a new episode, but rather an hour-long special that will have the cast discussing the popular sitcom.
HBO Max has reportedly forked out around $US3 million to $4 million for each cast member to return, a move that’s been designed to help launch the streaming service’s acquisition of all 236 episodes of the Emmy-winning NBC show. The deal to have those rights cost them a whopping $US425 million.
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — 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,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV.
“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.”
In the U.S., all episodes of Friends – along with the special – will be launching on HBO Max in May. In Australia, Foxtel has a distribution deal with HBO, so you can expect that company to air the special domestically.