‘Friends’ unscripted reunion special delayed amid coronavirus concerns


Sorry Friends fans — looks like you’ll need to wait a little bit longer to see your favorite cast reunite one more time.

Production on the unscripted Friends reunion special on HBO Max has been delayed, making it the latest in a long line of television shows to cease production due concerns of the spread of the coronavirus.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Friends unscripted reunion special was set to be filmed next Monday and Tuesday.

However, with the current state of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, production has been delayed until at least May. Given the unknown nature of how far-reaching the pandemic will be, the reunion special has not set a new formal filming date as it is unclear when any programming will be able to resume production.

The Friends reunion special was officially confirmed in February, with the cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — coming together for a brand new unscripted special set to debut exclusively on the newest streaming service, HBO Max.

The special will be filmed on the show’s former and now somewhat iconic home — Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast, who all negotiated together, will earn more than double their former per-episode fee for the reunion and be paid between $2.5 million and $3 million for the special.

In the official press release, Ben Winston is set to direct the reunion special and will likewise executive produce along with Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

The Friends reunion special comes from Warner Brothers Unscripted & Alternative Television and Fulwell 73 Productions. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer will not only star in the special but also executive produce it as well. Emma Conway and James Longman are co-executive producers.

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