But Now The ‘Friends’ reunion special for HBO Max has been delayed once again by the coronavirus crisis.
Jennifer Aniston spoke out about its delay, saying:
“It’s going to be super. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been. So I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed.
Earlier today, things were looking cautiously optimistic that Friends cast members Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, and series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman would be getting back together pretty soon.
Even with a studio audience heavily in doubt, reunion special production company Fulwell 73 partner Leo Pearlman said he expected to be filming within the next two weeks.
The unscripted special was originally scheduled to shoot in mid-March. But when COVID shut down all production, it was pushed back to May, in an effort to coincide with the launch of HBO Max on May 27. To date, there is no fixed date.
“Sadly, it’s very sad that we had to move it again,” said Aniston. She can’t wait to get back to it when it is safe to do so. “It was, ‘How do we do this with a live audience?’ It is not a sure time. Period. This is essential. This is not a safe time to do it.
- In the special, Aniston will be joined by other friends Stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, and the show, directed by Ben Winston.
- It will be filmed on the series’ original soundstage, Stage 24, on the grounds of Warner Bros.
“I’m supposed to renew my driver’s license and I don’t want it to say 2020 on it,” she said. “I just want to get 2020 out and behind us.”