'Friends' Reunion Has Officially Wrapped Filming Using Original Set — What We Know About The Highly Anticipated Special
“That’s a wrap!” The official Instagram account for the show Friends announced that the highly anticipated reunion special, which had been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has officially wrapped filming.
“Could we BE anymore excited!? Friends: The Reunion is coming to @hbomax #friendsreunion,” the post read.
The reunion will include all six original cast members: Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and David Schwimmer (Ross) as well as co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Krane.
This will be the first time the entire cast is back together since the show went off the air in 2004. The beloved series ran for 10 seasons, which consisted of 236 episodes. The comedy went on to become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time — snagging four Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actor Guild Awards and 11 People Choice’s Award wins during its initial run.
Although many details about the special have yet to be announced, it was recently reported fans of the hit series would recognize some of the familiar locations in the reunion — as the famous water fountain in the opening credits and the original set were used during production of the reunion, according to TMZ.
Sources close to the production revealed that the “reunion was shot over the span of 3 days at the Warner Brother’s Studios” lot. An insider added that “a live audience participated in the reunion,” but most of them were paid “extras.”
Actor Matthew Perry couldn’t contain his excitement for being around his old friends and posted (then immediately deleted) a snap on Instagram on Friday night showing himself getting ready to film the special. “Seconds before eating a makeup brush,” he joked in the caption, which showed Perry in his makeup chair with his mouth hanging open, reported Page Six.
The special, set to premiere later this year on HBO Max, will be an unscripted hour-long event where the cast will revisit the set and talk about their memories. As OK! previously reported, a spokesperson for the cable giant said, “In order to avoid any misunderstanding about what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not a new, original episode of the series. The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”