'It's Happening': Friends Stars Announce Reunion Special
The six actors simultaneously posted just two words on their personal Instagram accounts -- 'it's happening'.
The reunion has been rumoured for some time, with speculation about the HBO Max special gaining momentum last year.
Now, it has been confirmed that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will reunite for a documentary-style episode of the long-running series, which ended its run 16 years ago.
The actors are said to be receiving at least $3.8 million each for participating in the HBO Max special.
The one-off special, as well as all 236 episodes of Friends, will be available upon the streaming service’s debut.
Streaming service HBO Max confirmed the reunion.
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together -- we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max said in a statement.
The special's air date will be determined in May.
“It taps into an era when friends -- and audiences -- gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans,” he said.
All 10 seasons of Friends ranked within the top 10 of U.S. final television season ratings, with the show ultimately reaching number one in its eighth season.
The 2004 series finale was watched by around 52.5 million American viewers, making it the fifth most-watched series finale in U.S. TV history.
All seasons left Netflix at the end of last year, and third-party market researchers have said the sitcom was one of Netflix's most-watched shows.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment told Variety that sales of physical and digital versions of Friends have "roughly tripled" since news broke it would be leaving Netflix.
Ben Winston will direct the new special and executive produce, alongside Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.