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‘Friends’ Reunion Special for HBO Max Likely to Film at End of Summer

Taping of the “Friends” reunion special for HBO Max, which had been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus-induced shutdown of all television and film production, will potentially be completed by the end of the summer, said WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt during the NAB Show Executive Leadership Summit, produced in partnership with the Variety Streaming Room. The hotly anticipated reunion of the six “Friends” cast members was originally slated to be available on the WarnerMedia-backed streaming service at launch on May 27.

“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 told Variety‘s Cynthia Littleton on Monday. “We’re holding out for being able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer, if the stars align and hopefully we can get back into production. We do think there’s a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together 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.”

But Greenblatt did say that if the current stay-at-home conditions continue indefinitely, that the reunion “may go more to a virtual route, if it is delayed too long.”

“But at the moment, we’re trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way, and I think it’s worth waiting for,” he said. “We would have loved to have had it on [HBO Max on] Day One, but at the same time, if we can get it launched in the fall, I think it’ll be something that we can have the audience really looking forward to as well.”

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were all scheduled to reunite for the unscripted reunion. The special was set to film on Stage 24, the original “Friends” soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.

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by Anonymousreply 4905/22/2020

Whew! Could we BE anymore relieved?

by Anonymousreply 105/11/2020

I think it’s insane that they’re being paid $2 million dollars each for this. What are we going to learn that we don’t already know? Are we going to hear about the time that James Burrows took them all to Vegas? Or when they got mobbed by the paparazzi after the Entertainment Weekly photo shoot? Maybe about how Jennifer Aniston ordered the same salad every day?

They should’ve just made it a stand-alone reunion episode of them meeting up for the first time in a while. How many retrospectives have they done already?

by Anonymousreply 205/11/2020

Most. Overrated. Show. Ever.

by Anonymousreply 305/11/2020

They should have done it quarantine style, via Zoom.

by Anonymousreply 405/11/2020

It's a show I'll watch if it's on, and it's entertaining enough, but the rabid fandom I just don't get. It was apparently worth $100 million for Netflix to have it for one year.

This is sweet, though.

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by Anonymousreply 505/19/2020

What this show needs is a Kim Cattrall.

by Anonymousreply 605/19/2020

R5 the show brings in over $1 billion a year for WB, still. The cast gets paid $20 million a year off of residuals.

by Anonymousreply 705/19/2020

Friends sells great outside of the US because everyone outside of the US wants to be cool Americans.

by Anonymousreply 805/19/2020

Millions of people love Friends and will tune in to this reunion show. Of course the actors should benefit financially just like the producers and network will benefit financially.

I'd be interested in a no-holds-barred tell-all story of the behind the scenes action including the tension associated with their salary negotiations. Apparently, some really dirty shit went down but everyone is staying quiet about it--for now.

by Anonymousreply 905/19/2020

R7 I totally believe that, it's just NUTS

by Anonymousreply 1005/19/2020

There is not a single hour on this planet that Friends is not in TV somewhere. It’s the most successful American TV series ever outside of the states.

by Anonymousreply 1105/19/2020

The UK is the #1 market for Friends. They’ll make shitloads there with this. In the US it’ll be a minor hit.

by Anonymousreply 1205/19/2020

[quote] Millions of people love Friends and will tune in to this reunion show.

You need to be an HBO Max subscriber, dear. It remains to be seen if anyone will be willing to pay $15 dollars a month for it.

by Anonymousreply 1305/19/2020

[quote]It’s the most successful American TV series ever outside of the states.

Define "successful" "American" "series" and "outside of the states."

When Will & Grace do a tribute show for Friends, then we'll talk.

by Anonymousreply 1405/19/2020

[quote]I'd be interested in a no-holds-barred tell-all story of the behind the scenes action including the tension associated with their salary negotiations. Apparently, some really dirty shit went down but everyone is staying quiet about it--for now.

Are you kidding? NBC Legal has their mouths sewn shut permanently. Their NDAs are tighter than Matt Bomer's ass.

by Anonymousreply 1505/19/2020

It’s the most watched American show in the world ever. No other show brings in $1 billion annually 20 years later. That is unheard of.

I read recently that How I Met Your Mother is huge in foreign markets also and brings in crazy money from its foreign market.

by Anonymousreply 1605/19/2020

They leave it any longer and it'll probably be "The Matthew Perry Memorial Show".

by Anonymousreply 1705/19/2020

I remember when NBC threatened to fire Matt Leblanc because he gained weight during one of the earlier or mid seasons. They put it in his contract he had to stay under a certain weight lol

by Anonymousreply 1805/19/2020

“What this show needs is a Kim Cattrall.”

I can offer that same vibe — but I’d be swinging the penis Samantha always acted like she had.

by Anonymousreply 1905/19/2020

[quote]I remember when NBC threatened to fire Matt Leblanc because he gained weight during one of the earlier or mid seasons. They put it in his contract he had to stay under a certain weight lol

And yet Matthew Perry was so fat you wondered who he was hiding under his clothes.

by Anonymousreply 2005/19/2020

R20 Perry’s character wasn’t supposed to be a ladies man. That is why. Joey always gets women and sleeps around. No one is gonna believe a fat Joey is pulling beautiful women left and right.

Chandler is the opposite

by Anonymousreply 2105/19/2020

How much is Perry's colostomy bag getting paid?

by Anonymousreply 2205/19/2020

Nothing will be filming until we have a vaccine. Sorry, ladies.

by Anonymousreply 2305/19/2020

I wish this would have happened a few years ago when both Matts were looking better, now both are them are ehhh

by Anonymousreply 2405/20/2020

This will be a disaster or at best a sad shadow of the original show. The actors don’t look the same, their voices won’t quite all sound the same (age), the cute things that a 35 year old could do at the end of the show, won’t be cute in a 50 something year old actor. Gilmore Girls was a prime example of this. Time reveals one’s flaws. Fan should just let this go instead of setting themselves up for disappointment.

by Anonymousreply 2505/20/2020

I could be the wacky downstairs neighbor. With cats.

by Anonymousreply 2605/20/2020

[quote] No other show brings in $1 billion annually 20 years later.

It makes millions not billion and The Simpsons makes more.

by Anonymousreply 2705/20/2020

Maybe they'll talk about all their interesting film projects - Scream 5, She's Still The One, Fools Continue To Rush In, Ed: Going Bananas, Romy & Michelle's College Reunion

by Anonymousreply 2805/20/2020

R25 they wont be in character, its just the cast talking about the show and stuff

by Anonymousreply 2905/20/2020

R27 it brings in $1 billion annually.

The Simpsons doesn’t bring in more. It’s barely even played on syndication anymore

by Anonymousreply 3005/20/2020

R30 = Seth MacFarlane

by Anonymousreply 3105/20/2020

Family Guy and American Dad are bigger than The Simpsons now

by Anonymousreply 3205/20/2020

I’m sure everyone involved with the Simpsons are fine with that. The creator is absolutely loaded. The voice actors hit a goldmine that still gives them work today.

by Anonymousreply 3305/20/2020

[quote] [R27] it brings in $1 billion annually. The Simpsons doesn’t bring in more. It’s barely even played on syndication anymore

Link and The Simpsons is everywhere. You’re on crack.

by Anonymousreply 3405/20/2020

[quote] Family Guy and American Dad are bigger than The Simpsons now

lol, honey, sit the fuck down. You’re too stupid for words. No one is watching those shows. One of them was thrown onto TBS. The Simpsons has 30 years worth of episodes and a legacy that is unsurpassed. You must be posting from 2006, the last time either of those shows were popular or even talked about.

by Anonymousreply 3505/20/2020

The Simpsons is a $20 billion dollar franchise. Congratulations to Friends though. Europeans sure do love crap.

by Anonymousreply 3605/20/2020

The Simpsons was the fifth most profitable show still currently on; Family Guy #9.

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by Anonymousreply 3705/20/2020

Seinfeld is the most profitable television show in history.

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by Anonymousreply 3805/20/2020

R38 Seinfeld is not huge overseas.

by Anonymousreply 3905/20/2020

R36 from December 2018

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by Anonymousreply 4005/20/2020

Another article

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by Anonymousreply 4105/20/2020

It will do very well when it comes out. It will remind people of a time before the virus, when "Friends" biggest problem was whether the gang would find out Monica and Chandler sleeping together.

by Anonymousreply 4205/20/2020

In 2015 the most watched American series still on the air in ...

South Korea was “Scandal”

South Africa was “Modern Family”

Romania was “CSI: NY”

Hungary was “The Mentalist”

Russia was “Game of Thrones”

Spain was “The Flash”

Canada was “The Big Bang Theory”

Italy was “The Bold and the Beautiful”

United Kingdom was “Humans”

Germany was “CSI”

Brazil was “The Blacklist”

Poland was “ The Book of Negroes”

Sweden was “Mr. Robot”

Argentina was “The Simpsons”

France was “Forever”, a series canceled in the states by the end of season 1, but was huge in France.

by Anonymousreply 4305/20/2020

They'd better hurry.

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by Anonymousreply 4405/20/2020

Sorry^^

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by Anonymousreply 4505/20/2020

The Simpsons, Seinfeld and Friends are cash cows. It is true that Friends is huge overseas, arguably more popular than in the US. The Brits are especially obsessed with the show. Which of the three shows has brought the most revenue after all these years is anyone’s guess, especially when you take into consideration merchandise.

by Anonymousreply 4605/20/2020

I just remember the "meltdown" when it wa announced it was leaving Netflix. If you love it that much, people...

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by Anonymousreply 4705/20/2020

My Target sells the entire series on DVD for $50

by Anonymousreply 4805/20/2020

I bought it when it left Netflix. I’m not doing the bullshit of chasing the show down to whatever doomed streaming service has it every few years. And I’m certainly not playing fifteen dollars a month for fucking HBO Max.

by Anonymousreply 4905/22/2020
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