F.R.I.E.N.D.S. The reunion after 12 years
Fans have been teased with reports of a Friends reunion in the past. In July 2014, a prankster created a fake reunion poster claiming that the cast of the show was getting back together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the finale. The picture went viral, leading many fans to believe that it was real.
But Tom Charlie Thompson, the 21-year-old who created the poster, told the U.K.’s Metro that it was just a project he created for fun and he never intended to go viral.
“I’m very sorry for any confusion caused. I have to say that the poster wasn’t created with the intention to upset, anger, or fool anyone,” Tom told the Metro. “It wasn’t even supposed to be seen by many people. I was expecting a few ‘likes’ on Facebook by some of my friends who are also fans of the show.”
But still the poster managed to trick some news outlets. KDramaStars added another fictional element to the hoax, claiming that a feud between Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox was putting the fake reunion in jeopardy.
Twelve years after going off the air, the cast of Friends will reunite on NBC for a two-hour special, NBC announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena.
Matthew Perry, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston are coming together for a two hour special to pay tribute to comedy director James Burrows, who also helmed series such as Taxi and Cheers.
The event is in honour of Burrows shooting his 1000th episode of television – but the highlight of the proceedings is bound to be the reunion of Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Phoebe and Ross.
While there have been issues in the past with getting the cast back together for a number of reasons such as clashing schedules and resistance from those less keen, NBC seem confident that all are on board this time.
There may be more bad news for Friends fans. Not only will it not be Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe getting back together, there’s also a chance that the actors won’t even be able to appear together.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said there’s a chance that all six actors won’t be able to make it for filming at the same time.
“I’m hoping all six will be in same room at same time,” he told reporters, but, “I’m not sure we can logistically pull it off.”
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were in Los Angeles to film the Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows Sunday. As previously reported, Matthew Perry wasn't there: He filmed a pre-recorded segment since he's in London rehearsing for a play. Kaley Cuoco shared the snap of the crew posing alongside the Big Bang Theory cast.
The two-hour special, which brought together the casts to pay tribute to the veteran sitcom director, airs February 21 at 9 p.m.