Associates Reunion Particular will get a March launch date for HBO Max
After a lot of panning, pauses and so on, it's finally back on the right track, the one eagerly awaited Friends reunion special that fans feared they would have been canceled forever. Following his announcement earlier this year and the promise that it will happen soon, the reunion has been delayed many times, sometimes due to the planned clashes of all six friends but mostly due to the pandemic. Now, Matthew Perry has not only confirmed the reunion special, but also announced its release date.
Friends was one of those shows that turned out to be timeless beauty. Generations over generations rediscover it again and again and fall in love again and again with its 236 episodes of friendship, love and loyalty, which have been nominated for over 60 Emmy Awards with 4 victories. While it was the story of six friends, Monica, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey, their journey is so reliable (and at the same time undeniably entertaining) that it matters even to those who weren't born while the time began and ended the show!
So when we say the Friends Reunion Special has been eagerly anticipated, it means that countless people have fervently prayed for the six friends to get together one last time, for the sake of the collective sanity of their fans. Matthew Perry, 51, who played the beloved character of Chandler Bing on the sitcom, has announced that the reunion special is finally back in discussion. If all goes well, we can expect its debut in early 2021 on HBO Max.
"The friends reunion is postponed until early March. It looks like we have a busy year ahead of us. And that's how I like it!"
Fox News has further confirmed that the Friends special episode will begin recording in early 2021. The special was first announced back in February and is slated to be made available to viewers with the launch of the Warner Bros. streaming platform, HBO Max, in May, according to a press release released at the time.
"Series stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer return to the legendary comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to celebrate the popular show The Unwritten Cast Reunion Specials and all 236 episodes of the Emmy-winning series will be available to subscribers when HBO Max launches. "
But while HBO Max was making its debut, the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to film the Friends special in front of a live audience. Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the series, assured that filming will start in August, but production has again been delayed and filming has been postponed until autumn. At the time, Jennifer Aniston had expressed disappointment at not being able to shoot the special, but assured the delay would only ensure "it gets awesome".
"You know what? That also gave us more time to make it even more exciting and fun than it would have been. So I see it that way since the glass is half full, that it has been moved. Look, it's us you Friends will never get rid of, sorry. They'll stay with us forever, guys. "
Now that Matthew Perry has cemented the reunification news and hopefully no further delays derail the special episode, we can actually sit down and marvel that it's the first time the entire cast, including co-creator Marta Fran Kauffman and David Krane will be back on screen together since Friends ended its 10th and final season in 2004.
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