So no one told you life was gonna be this way… that you would have some serious withdrawals from not being able to see your favourite six Friends in your life on the weekly. Well if you count yourself among those who can’t get enough of Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox on television, you can Central Perk yourself up this morning.
That’s because NBC just announced that the Friends cast is reuniting, and we’re counting down the days until we get to see Aniston, Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow back together on screen.
Except there’s a catch. According to the big boss man at NBC, Bob Greenblatt, all six cast members are on board to come back. BUT, they may not appear on the screen at the same time.
We know, it sounds confusing, but here’s why. The entire reunion is set to take place in celebration of a little director named James Burrows, who is actually a huge name behind-the-scenes in the TV industry. That’s because he’s kind of a legend, having directed many of the most successful comedies around — including Friends. He’s also won a bunch of awards.
Anyhow, Burrows recently directed his 1,000th episode of television for an upcoming NBC pilot, and so the network is celebrating him with a two-hour live special on February 21. Greenblatt “hopes” that all six of the actors will be in the room at the same time, but right now no official deals for that have been worked out.
Still, we consider all six of the Friends in the same place at nearly the same time (within the same two-hour time frame anyhow) to be a reunion. And it’s better than nothing: as recently as 2014 the cast was denying a reunion would ever happen, supposedly because Schwimmer just wasn’t into it. Considering Ross was probably the most typecast actor around following the show’s wrap in 2004, we can’t really blame him.
But now he’s going to play Rob Kardashian in the upcoming O.J. Simpson drama for FX, so we think he’s finally changed his tune.
Now if only we could get Gunther (James Michael Tyler) to return too…