Grab a coffee and lay back on your Barcalounger because Friends is coming back! But before you start screaming in joy, this will not be an update episode on what Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross are up to now, 12 years after the show ended its run.
In an appearance at the Television Critics Association on 13 January, NBC Entertainment, the sitcom’s parent network company, revealed that plans are in place to bring the cast of Friends back together - to take part in a primetime special on 21 February celebrating iconic TV director James Burrows.
While his name is probably not on your to-stalk list, Burrows has been directing TV shows for 40 years, so you’ve definitely caught at least one of the programmes he’s worked on. Think Cheers from the ’80s, and more recently The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. He also directed 15 episodes of Friends, including some of our favourite episodes in the first season.
Just how many Friends will be present next month remains to be seen, though. Following the news of this unofficial ‘reunion’, a representative of Matthew Perry (who played the hilarious Chandler Bing) has announced that the actor won’t be attending the tribute, as he’ll be in London at the time rehearsing for his play The End of Longing.
With their busy schedules, there might be a chance that the rest of the crew - Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer - might not be able to make it, too. Even NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt isn’t holding his breath.
“I'm hoping that all six of them will be there in the same room at the same time,” said Greenblatt, “I don’t know, logistically, if we can pull that off.”
While we’re all sad that we won’t get to see Joey & Co. hamming it up for the camera once again, it’s nice that the actors will be coming together in some way to honour the man who brought us so many laughs from behind the scenes, all those years ago.
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