It is a good day for “Friends” fans who have been waiting for a reunion to happen for a long time. The beloved sitcom’s cast is finally doing a reunion!
Unlike news of reunions in recent years that turned out to be false and left fans disheartened, this reunion is very real. However, while many are expecting a special “Friends” episode that will show where Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Rachel, and Ross are in their lives, that won’t be the case.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the reunion will come in the form of a tribute to the prolific comedy director James Burrows who was responsible for some 15 episodes of “Friends”, including its pilot.
The website details that aside from “Friends”, Burrows has also been attached to other big projects such as “Cheers”, “Laverne & Shirley”, “The Bob Newhart Show”, and “Taxi”.
CNN reports that the planned NBC special is to celebrate Burrows’ milestone in accomplishing his 1000th episode behind the camera. The website reports that NBC network entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, during the Television Critics Association on Wednesday, confirmed the existence of the special.
CNN relays Greenblatt’s statement as follows:
“I shouldn’t go into detail. I’m hoping that all six of them will be there in the same room at the same time. I don’t know, logistically, if we can pull that off.”
Although the executive’s statement is a bit grim since it suggests that Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt Leblanc, and Matthew Perry may not even share a scene (or a stage) together at the same time, there is still hope that that will change since the “Friends” main cast are all expected to be present at the event.
TV Line reports that aside from the “Friends” cast and its crew, other people who will be in attendance at the event include cast crew from Burrow’s other shows. The list will also include people from the director’s more recent TV series like “Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly”.
The special is scheduled to air on February 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC.