No one told you the wait for the Friends reunion show would be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, and your love life might be DOA. However, according to Matthew Perry, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
The show millions of Friends fans thought was coming in May of 2020, officially has a new date. The actor, who played Chandler Bing took to Twitter to deliver the good news.
“Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March,” he wrote. “Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”
Plans could still change. The pandemic has a habit of interrupting even the best laid plot. Still, ET Online talked to its sources. The actor’s not wrong. The publication said other people close to the show said production is slated for an early 2021 start.
The special was originally supposed to air not long after the launch of HBO Max. In fact, the Friends reunion was one of the streaming service’s crown jewels. However, the coronavirus pandemic was shutting everything down by May of last year. The stars of the show didn’t think there was a way to film the program safely.
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There was very little doubt HBO Max would eventually air the special. Fans of the series were simply too excited. There is a bit of an oddity to the story of Perry breaking the news. So far, his costars are silent about the new date.
Perry’s co-stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, have yet to post about the updated reunion date. HBO Max hasn’t made an official statement either.
However, the man who played Chandler isn’t backtracking. But, there are some issues that could push the airing back further.
When HBO Max originally delayed the Friends reunion, producer Marta Kauffman laid out very specific expectations for a reschedule.
“We all want it to happen. We just have to wait until it is safe. This is a show that is not scripted, but this is the way the show works — we are going to need a live audience. Even if we socially distance that live audience, it really is a huge part of what Friends is… We cannot do it without them,” she said in August. “Everyone is all in and we are just waiting for that time when it feels connected to bring in a live audience.”
Pandemic Still Raging Makes Show Difficult
Another star of the Friends reunion made similar comments to Kauffman’s earlier in the summer. David Schwimmer said they didn’t want to risk anyone’s health to do the show. He doesn’t think the program will work without people in attendance.
With the pandemic still going on, and increasing in severity in some areas, getting an audience into a confined space in February doesn’t seem realistic.
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