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Friends cast 'to reunite for a two-hour special' tribute to US TV great

The cast of Friends will reunite for a two-hour special, US broadcaster NBC has said.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer are on board for the special which will be broadcast as a tribute to director James Burrows.

Efforts to bring all six cast members together on television have proved difficult in the past, and that appears to still be the case.

The Friends cast in 1998

The Friends cast in 1998 (Lynne Sladky/AP)


NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt suggested the reunion may not feature the six actors together.

“I’m hoping all six will be in same room at the same time,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles. “I’m not sure we can logistically can pull it off,” the NBC head admitted.


TV director and producer James, who has just celebrated directing his 1,000th programme, directed numerous episodes of the popular series about a group of friends living in New York City.

Multi award-winning Friends premiered in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons. It made its cast of little-known actors international stars, with pay packets to match.

Since the series finale in 2004, there have been frequent reports and rumours of a reunion.


James was also behind the camera for several of America’s much-loved sitcoms including Cheers, Frasier and The Bob Newhart Show.

The two-hour show is expected to feature cameos, sketches and appearances connected to the various series the 75-year-old has worked on over the years.

However, the buzz and excitement about this announcement has been sparked by the news of the Friends reunion as numerous tweets on Twitter illustrate.

#FriendsReunion YAY YAY YAY YAY

— HE FOLLOWED ME (@biebersbackpxck) January 13, 2016


We can only hope this cast reunion actually leads to something more. You know, like an ACTUAL #FriendsReunion.

— Antony Brown (@AntonyBrown_93) January 13, 2016


I'm so excited to see the cast together again #FriendsReunion

— f.r.i.e.n.d.s (@friends__posts) January 13, 2016

The special is scheduled to be broadcast on February 21 on NBC.