‘Friends Reunuin’: It’s the one where they all get back together! The ‘Friends’ special finally has a premiere date, and it is SOON! Watch the first teaser for the epic reunion. They were just on a break! The wait has been long for the Friends reunion special, but it’s within reach.
‘Friends Reunion’ Release Date
The Friends reunion special will premiere May 27. The highly-anticipated special comes a full year after its intended release because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The news was announced in the special’s first teaser video on May 13.
Where to watch The ‘Friends Reunion?’
The Friends reunion special will air on HBO Max. WarnerMedia, the media company that consists of HBO Max, has not revealed whether or not the special will be available on its other platforms on the premiere day. In the meantime, all 236 episodes of Friends are available to watch (and binge) on the streaming service.
The ‘Friends Reunion’ Teaser
Check out the teaser of the epic reunion below:
Friends Reunion Cast
Don’t worry, your Friends faves will be back. All 6 of the original cast members will be returning for the upcoming HBO Max special, which is expected to start filming very soon. In the 40-second teaser features all 6 of the original cast members — David, Jennifer, Lisa, Matt (Perry), Courteney, and Matt (LeBlanc) — walking together on the Warner Bros. Studio lot with their arms around each other. The cast is returning to the show’s original soundstage, Stage 24, in Burbank to celebrate the show.
The Friends cast is getting paid big bucks for this reunion special. The cast members will be paid between $2.5 million and $3 million each for the HBO Max special, according to reports. This is reminiscent of their $1 million-per-episode rates the cast had received in the final two seasons of the show’s 10-season run. The NBC series ran from 1994 to 2004.
The special will also be filled with amazing guest stars. The special guest stars include David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon, and Malala Yousafzai.
David Schwimmer gave an update about the Friends reunion special during a March 2021 interview with Andy Cohen on Andy’s SiriusXM radio show.
“Oh, it’s happening. Actually, in a little over a month I’m heading out to LA. So, finally … we figured out a way, I think, to film it safely and there’s gonna be a portion of it that we film outside because of, you know, for safety protocols.
What Will The Special Be About?
Don’t expect this to be like another episode of Friends that picks up where the series finale left off 17 years later. The Friends reunion special is an unscripted special. HBO Max revealed what the reunion special will consist of in an April 2020 statement:
“The cast and producers are all very excited to go into production, as this will be the first time since the show ended that the whole cast will be together, and on the original sets to reminisce. There are loads of great surprises in store and lots of rare behind-the-scenes footage they are eager to share. We will keep you informed as plans solidify and once we have a firm premiere date. Lastly, in order to avoid any misunderstanding about what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not a new, original episode of the series. The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”
Friends fans have been wondering for years and years if the cast would ever do a TV revival/reunion with the stars returning as their characters. Marta, who was a co-creator and executive producer of the original series, has always stressed that there are “several reasons” why there will never be a revival.
“One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family,” Marta told Rolling Stone in 2019. “It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone. Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. (A reunion) could only disappoint.”
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