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Friends reunion special delayed by coronavirus pandemic

Friends

Story by Jack Foley

THE highly anticipated Friends reunion special has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The cast was due to have reformed for a one-off unscripted special to coincide with the launch of HBO Max in May 2020. But an update from HBO has confirmed that, due to the lockdown being imposed in most countries around the world, the special won’t be available in time to meet the launch.

The reunion was supposed to have been filmed on March 23 and 24, with stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, all participating.

In a statement updating the situation for fans on Friday, HBO said: “We want to share some background information about the production dates for the upcoming unscripted Friends reunion special for HBO Max. As was previously reported, production is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the special will not be available on the streamer on Day 1 of launch. But it is coming!

“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. And though fans will have to wait a bit longer for the reunion, they can watch all 236 episodes of the series on day one of HBO Max launch in May!”