This is probably the best news to come out this week. Yes, it’s only Wednesday, but it just might not get better than this!
Friends addicts, brace yourselves. The cast members will be there for you one more time this February! NBC has confirmed that ALL of the main 6 cast members–Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc–will return for a two-hour special in honor of the amazing sitcom director James Burrows.
Burrows directed 15 episodes of Friends, including episodes like “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break,” which consisted of one of the show’s best quotes.
The network president Bob Greenblatt made the announcement during his executive session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday.
Greenblatt explained that the special’s details were still being hammered out. “I shouldn’t go into detail,” Greenblatt said. “I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at the same time,” he said. However, he is unsure if “we can logistically pull it off.”
In other words, we most likely won’t see Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler and Joey sitting together like they did many a time at Central Perk.
Although the special is dedicated to Burrows, a lot of the buzz is about the cast. Friends made its debut in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons, so millions had a chance to fall in love with them. Plus, the entire series is on Netflix for a whole new generation to experience. There’s bound to be some hype!
But let’s not give the cast all of the spotlight. Burrows is one heck of a director. In addition to Friends, he has directed episodes of Cheers, Will and Grace, Mike and Molly, Taxi, Frasier and NewsRadio. And he has reportedly directed 1,000 episodes on television!
Additionally, Burrows recently played himself on Kudrow’s HBO comedy The Comeback.
The NBC special will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m.
And according to E! Friends fanatics need to tune in, because this is probably the only reunion you are going to see! Both the cast and the show’s co-creator Marta Kaufman said that they will not be reuniting for any sort of scripted special.
In 2015, Kaufman told E! that fans need to “let it go. It’ll never happen–not happening!”