‘Friends’ reunion is a go

The total-out reunion that “Friends” followers extended have clamored for is about to happen — on HBO Max.

The new streaming company introduced on Friday that the show’s six core stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — have shut a deal to reunite for an unscripted specific.

The specific, alongside with all 236 episodes of “Friends,” will be available in May when HBO Max launches.

The six stars will return to Stage 24 on the Warner Bros. Studio ton in Burbank for a celebration of the mega-strike NBC comedy. All six of them will executive-generate together with first collection executive producers Kevin Shiny, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. “Friends” debuted in

“Guess you could get in touch with this the a single wherever they all obtained back again with each other — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max specific that will be programmed together with the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV. “I became informed of Friends when it was in the extremely early levels of development and then experienced the opportunity to operate on the collection lots of many years later on and have delighted in viewing it capture on with viewers era right after era.

“It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered with each other in genuine time and we assume this reunion specific will capture that spirit, uniting first and new followers.”

Resources explain to THR that the cast, who all negotiated as a single, will receive much more than double their previous for each-episode charge for the reunion and be paid among $two.five million and $3 million for the specific. The cast built headlines when they renegotiated their salaries with each other throughout the show’s first run to receive a then-historic $1 million for each episode.

HBO Max will be the most up-to-date entry in Hollywood’s burgeoning streaming wars, signing up for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney+, Apple Television+ and others in the struggle for eyeballs. At a value of $14.ninety nine for each month, it will offer you first programming, alongside with content from the vaults of HBO and Warner Bros.

In December, Warner Bros. pulled “Friends” episodes from Netflix in anticipation of its May launch.

TBS, a WarnerMedia sibling, not long ago introduced that for the following four weeks each episode of “Friends” will air on TBS and livestream on the TBS application, weekdays from ten a.m. – four p.m.. In addition, the network has curated an knowledge for followers offering the very best of the collection on their digital platforms.

The “Friends” cast, minus Perry, previously reunited in 2016 for an NBC specific that paid tribute to famous Television director James Burrows. In accordance to TVline.com, the last time all six of them appeared on screen with each other was throughout a article-collection finale job interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on May seven, 2004.