HBO Max was supposed to air a FRIENDS reunion later this year.
But due to COVID-19, the special episode has been postponed indefinitely.
- Fans are obsessed with Friends
- Courtney Cox conducts a mock rehearsal
- Jennifer Aniston participates with other casts amidst busy schedule
The friends obsession that will never fade away
Friends fans who otherwise call themselves “Frienatics”, will be upset to know that HBO Max has decided to postpone the special episode that was to air later in May. The deadly pandemic that has affected many lives, and productions of various TV series and movies, has once again been a reason to disappoint fans of a classic sitcom.
The TV sitcom that was aired for 10 seasons between 1994-2004, continues to run on TV screens and OTT platforms like Netflix that fans just can’t get enough of. Fans from all age groups would often express on social media about their unending love and obsessions for the show and its casts.
@HMY91 on reddit says— “I’ve watched this show from beginning to end more times than I can even count and it STILL never gets old. I first watched it when it first came out when I was 13… I’m 25 now. That show is my calming.”
Is the reunion getting cancelled?
While there is official statement about the reunion getting cancelled, sources confirm that the special episode is temporarily delayed and will air when everything resumes back to normal
According to variety.com, “the continued production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic means that WarnerMedia has been unable to film the show’s highly-anticipated unscripted reunion special.”
“As such, the special will not be available at the launch of the streamer as planned. While some shows have taken to filming remotely using video technology like Zoom, sources say this was not considered for the ‘Friends’ special as it is meant to film on the show’s original soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.” explained variety.
The Friends cast get chatty on Zoom
After the announcement of filming being cancelled, the cast of the show were as disappointed as the fans were. So much that they set up a meeting to discuss their next move.
According to the sun.co.uk, actress Courtney Cox a.k.a Monica Geller, and director Ben Winston filmed a “mock rehearsal” over live video app Zoom. “Courtney immediately set up a Zoom meeting for them and they all logged on to discuss ideas – brain-storming and bringing in the producers for a session which they called a mock rehearsal and chatted for almost two hours.” confirmed a source.
Fans might get a sneak peek into their zoom video chat
It has been a known fact that out of the 6, Jennifer Aniston has been the most active (and busy) actor with various projects. But that did not stop Aniston from attending the zoom meeting and being a part of it as much as others were.
This being said, it can be confirmed that actors are trying their best to make the special episode to commemorate 25 years of their favourite tv show.
So in order to not keep the fans waiting for too long, there are speculations that their zoom video chat recording might be released as a “teaser” or “trailer” to the real deal. But nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
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