Fans have been counting down just about 16 years for the Friends reunion, and will now, have to wait a bit longer for this much-awaited special. Initially set to debut in May, almost 26 years after its launch, the Friends special which reunites all six of the Central Perk regulars – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc has postponed production yet again due to the effects of the coronavirus.
According to Variety, the ﬁlming dates are yet to be determined for the unscripted show planned to be ﬁlmed on the original soundstage with a live audience and telecasted on HBO Max. “Unfortunately, we had to move it again,” Aniston said in an interview with Deadline after the news broke. She is, however, looking forward to getting back to shooting when it’s safe to do so. “How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it,” she said.
Former Warner Media chief Bob Greenblatt told Variety, “At ﬁrst we thought, shows will be delayed for a month or two at the most, and now it seems like it’s going to be far longer than that.” Greenblatt also added that after waiting 16 years since the show ended, no one was in favor of a Zoom reunion. “We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together,” he said. “And we didn’t want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms.” Aniston, like most of us, still remains optimistic and added: “It’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been. So I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You’re stuck with us for life guys.”