‘Friends’ Cast Returning to NBC in February – But No ‘Reunion’

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UPDATED: Your favorite “Friends” will be back on NBC one last time this February, network president Bob Greenblatt announced during his executive session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Wednesday morning.

NBC is hoping that all six members of the “Friends” cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — will appear in a two-hour special dedicated to the career of veteran comedy director James Burrows, which will air Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Burrows directed fifteen episodes of the iconic sitcom, including “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break,” which launched one of the show’s most memorable quotes.

But there’s a caveat — while the six stars are expected to participate, they won’t all be together for the special — Matthew Perry is currently in London for rehearsals of his play, “The End of Longing,” which begins previews on February 2 at the Playhouse Theatre and marks the thesp’s playwriting debut. The actor may instead contribute a taped segment.

“Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing,” says Lisa Kasteler, his spokeswoman. “NBC executives were aware of this prior to their (Television Critics Association) announcement” Wednesday.  “Matthew may tape something for the tribute.  In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”

Greenblatt admitted that the details were still being ironed out for the cast reunion. “I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at same time,” he hedged, but cautioned, “I’m not sure we can logistically can pull it off.”

Burrows helmed episodes for a number of other pop culture touchstones, including “Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Bob Newhart Show” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace” and the pilot for “The Big Bang Theory.” He recently directed his 1000th episode of television — NBC’s midseason comedy “Crowded.” Cast members from his other shows are also expected to be part of the special, but the inclusion of the “Friends” cast will be a particular draw for TV fans who have been hungry for a reunion since the beloved sitcom left the air in 2004.

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  1. Have all seasons and i watch them over and over. Love the bride dress episode.

  2. homer garza says:

    how sad that they cant make “time ” to pay tribute to the shows that made them famous. Shame on FRIENDS…they are over rated anyways. Im sure the entire cast of WIll & Grace will be there.

  3. Mel says:

    I really think Will & Grace is more important than Friends. Burrows directed every single show of W&G.

  4. Anna-Marie says:

    Really hope they do a skit that updates where the characters lives have led them since their closing episode ! Not a bad idea for each of the ‘old shows’ represented on this upcoming show.

  5. surayabay says:

    Have Seinfeld and his gang, do a walk-on, “ala” Bob Newhart! Better yet, get Newhart & the “Woodsmen” ‘to show up! OK, might as well invite Brad Pitt too! OMG funny! They’ll be talking about it at the water-cooler at work forever, “not that there’s anything wrong with that”!

  6. Why do these shows have to “taint” themselves with reunions, ie….Full House, Friends, etc…..

  7. Ewa says:

    I wish they would do a whole Friends reunion season! That’s would be heaven! On Netflix!!

  8. Poopy says:

    Maybe the cast of the aforementioned shows will re-enact famous scenes for the special?

  9. JimmyBurrowsFriendsCast says:

    “Greenblatt admitted that the details were still being ironed out for the cast reunion. “I’m hoping all six will be in same room at same time,” he said, but cautioned, “I’m not sure we can logistically can pull it off.””

    Really? With the exception of Schwimmer who seems to have kind of disappeared from public view what would the other 5 be doing? Aniston makes movies so maybe she’s busy but what are the rest doing? If she can find time to do a skit on Jimmy Kimmel with Cox and Kudrow I’d think she’d make time for Burrows. I heard one of the male cast members tell a story about Burrows taking them all to Vegas before the show launched telling them to enjoy it now because their anonymity would soon be gone and gave them each $1k to spend or something. If the story’s true it feels like he’d probably mean a lot to them. I hope they all make the time to be there.

  10. “Your favorite “Friends” will reunite one more time on NBC this February…” – Variety
    “I’m not sure we can logistically can pull it off.” – Greenblatt

    Well thanks for the rollercoaster of emotions! XD

  11. Ross Chandler Bing Schwimmer-Arquette says:

    What was the famous line from that Friends episode? “Going commando?”

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