25 years after the original series premiered, Friends may return for a reunion special.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all six original stars -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer -- are in talks for the unscripted reunion special, which would air on Warner Bros.' upcoming streaming service HBO Max. The "unscripted" descriptor suggests the special will be a series of interviews or a round table, with the cast discussing their experiences on the sitcom.
The report notes that the deal "is far from done and agreements with cast and creatives still need to be hammered out." After that, it will be a matter of scheduling, but "the cast is willing to do it." Both HBO Max and WBTV declined when asked for comment.
This news comes just two months after co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane insisted there will be no reboot of the series at a Friends 25th Anniversary panel during the Tribeca TV Festival. "We will not be doing a reunion show, we will not be doing a reboot," Kauffman said. "The show was about that time in life when friends are your family... It’s not going to beat what we did."
Warner Bros. Television's Friends premiered September 2, 1994. The sitcom became a critically acclaimed favorite and ran for ten seasons, concluding its run in 2004. The series in its entirety will stream exclusively on HBO Max at launch.
HBO Max is slated to launch in May 2020.