‘Friends’ special moving forward with original cast – report
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‘Friends’ special moving forward with original cast – report

The long-awaited “Friends” special is reportedly moving forward, with the show’s original cast set to return.

FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002 file photo, the stars of “Friends,” from left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose after the show won outstanding comedy series at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Almost 15 years after it was canceled, “Friends” is still there for British viewers. The catchphrase-generating New York sitcom is the most popular show on U.K. streaming services, beating big-budget original productions from Netflix and Amazon it was announced on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

According to Deadline, the hour-long special will help launch the upcoming streaming service HBO Max, which will also house the entire Friends library. The popular sitcom originally aired from 1994 until 2004.

A deal is apparently ready to be inked for the unscripted reunion special, with David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Matt LeBlanc all expected to return.

Each of the six stars will reportedly be paid between $3 million and $4 million (£2.3 million – £3.1 million) for the show.

Last month, chief content officer for HBO Max Kevin Reilly revealed of the project at the Television Critics Association winter press tour: “There’s interest all the way around, and yet we can’t seem to quite get that interest all aligned to push the button on it, so today, unfortunately, it’s still a maybe.”

Meanwhile, the cast has been open about their interest in reuniting for a professional project, after keeping up with each other in their personal lives.

– Cover Media

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