When is a Friends reunion not really a Friends reunion?
Updated: Keep your enthusiasm in check -there's no guarantee of a true gathering of our Central Perk pals just yet....
Entertainment sites and social media have been buzzing with excitement over talk of a potential Friends reunion.
All six cast members are confirmed to participate in an NBC tribute to veteran comedy director James Burrows.
NBC president Bob Greenblatt told the Television Critics Association Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer would all participate in the special on February 21st.
But does it really constitute a “reunion” as such?
“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.”
Since Friends ended in 2004 fans have long-awaited a reunion -so much so that it’s surely worth a pretty penny for the six to agree to a formal reunion. Expecting them to give it away for ‘free’ in a Burrows tribute may be hoping for too much.
Meanwhile other cast members from Burrows’ impressive CV (including Cheers, Taxi, Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, Frasier, Will & Grace and the pilot for The Big Bang Theory) are expected to participate. It will be must-see TV if we are lucky enough to get it in Australia -and only a true Friends reunion assures us of that.
Updated: “Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing, which begins previews on Feb. 2 at the playhouse Theatre. NBC executives were aware of this prior to their TCA announcement yesterday,” Lisa Kasteler wrote in an email to reporters. “Matthew may tape something for the tribute. In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”