One of the most significant sitcoms throughout the last twenty years was Friends, with its popularity rivalling Seinfeld and the Big Bang Theory. After countless rumours regarding a potential new season for the Friends franchise, it was confirmed by HBO Max that a reunion special would be maintained. This special will last for 2.5 hours and will be launched in correlation with the HBO Max streaming service. It took extensive agreements with specific details for the National Broadcasting Company to provide HBO Max the filming and distribution rights to the Friends reunion. This is because of the associated cost surrounding making this one-time event.
The Netflix Streaming Service has allowed for Friends to remain a relevant sitcom in the modern era, with countless young adults having binged all season. The popularity surrounding this NBC franchise reached a point that theatrical releases of the top-rated episodes were provided last year during the Friends “Silver Anniversary”. Products surrounding this sitcom have become ridiculous in recent memory, with the most shocking being the Central Park Café Lego set.
It’s known that Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow are all signed on for this upcoming reunion episode. David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the Co-Creators of Friends, will headline this 2.5-hour event. After the initial reunion episode is complete on HBO Max, the cast will sit down with the creators for an extended interview.
Each member will reflect on the history of Friends and their lives since the sitcom ended. Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc are the two co-stars that remain popular in television culture. Loyal supporters have requested the actor’s thoughts on Friends since the show ended in the early 2000s for a prolonged period. Subsequently, this event is expected to be just as popular as the reunion episode.
It should be noted that HBO Max must pay the associated producers and actors $4 million each, which means a payment of $32 million. This doesn’t extend to the advertising campaigns and production costs, which are expected to bring the round total to $50 million for HBO Max. This event failing could cause a significant setback for one of television’s most notable networks. It’s clear to see why NBC passed on this opportunity.