The highly anticipated “Friends” reunion special will air on HBO Max on May 27, exactly one year after it was originally expected to debut on the streaming service.
The reunion was postponed several times due to production stoppages during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was scheduled to be filmed in early 2020, but couldn’t start filming until April.
The program will feature all six stars of “Friends”: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. It is estimated that each actor was paid $2.5 million for participating in the special.
“Friends” aired its last episode in 2004, but has had a major pop culture revival due to streaming. Younger generations, who missed the sitcom in the late 90s, have been drawn to it in recent years. Its popularity resulted in a bidding war of platforms wanting to own the content.
In 2020, all 10 seasons of the show left Netflix and went to HBO Max in a deal that has reportedly cost WarnerMedia about $400 million. The show originally aired on NBC.
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