It was announced in November that the cast and creators of Friends would film an unscripted reunion special for HBO Max that would likely premiere alongside the launch of the streaming service in May. However, it was then confirmed that the special would not be available when the service debuted, with filming being suspended due to safety concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. The special is currently hopeful to film this summer, and Phoebe Buffay actress Lisa Kudrow says that fans have a lot to look forward to.
When DigitalSpy asked Kudrow for details about the upcoming reunion, the Emmy Award winner teased that the special has surprises in store besides the cast reminiscing, saying, "There are other things in it. There are other things to it; things I shouldn't really talk about because they should be good – but those things can't happen [right now]. We just decided on another date and we'll see if we can do it then."
Despite production setbacks, Kudrow says that planning for the show was going well before the pandemic shut everything down. "It's definitely going to happen," she assured. "[The planning] was pretty far along, but it seemed pretty clear that if people can't gather then we can't do it."
Although the special is highly anticipated, there has been no talk of changing the original plan of filming on the original Friends soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA. "There hasn't really been any talk about doing it remotely," Kudrow revealed. "I mean, it was an immediate no if this was brought up. That's not what this is. We are not doing it remotely."
Remembering the iconic sitcom, Kudrow said, "I'm just as proud of Friends as I ever was. I never stopped loving doing the show, so my memories of it are just as fond now as they were back then." We are so excited! If you're looking to get your Lisa Kudrow fix until then, she stars alongside Steve Carell in Space Force, which is available to stream on Netflix.