‘Friends’: Not exactly a reunion

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~

Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com | Matthew Perry will be absent from the tribute for Jim Burrows, as he will be in London, but Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox will be in attendance.

The sitcom “Friends,” which ran for a total of ten seasons from 1994 to 2004 on NBC and was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, details the lives of six friends living in Manhattan. On Jan. 13, chairman of NBC Bob Greenblatt confirmed longcirculating rumors that a much anticipated reunion special of the popular television show is finally happening.

In the announcement made at the Television Critics Association press tour, Greenblatt confirmed that all six of the show’s main cast actors (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer) are expected to participate in the special.

After Greenblatt made the announcement, however, he told reporters that the special might not be the complete ensemble reunion that fans are hoping for.

“I’m hoping all six of them will be all in the same room at the same time, but I’m not sure if we can logistically pull that off,” Greenblatt said. This news was confirmed by actor Matthew Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing in “Friends,” during his Jan. 15 appearance on “The Graham Norton Show. During the filming of the special, Perry is set to be in London to work on the play “The End of Longing” and will be unable to participate in person.

“It’s not the reunion everyone is hoping for. The other five are going to be on this special, and I am going to introduce them from London,” Perry said.

The special will be produced by Sean Hayes, who is known for starring in the NBC television show “Will & Grace.” James Burrows will direct the show. He also directed 15 episodes of “Friends” during the show’s run.

The special will be a tribute to the director, which celebrates Burrows’ 1000th episode behind the camera and is also expected to feature reunions from cast members of other shows that he directed, including “Will & Grace,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Mike & Molly.” The “Friends” reunion special will air on Feb. 21 on NBC.