Friends HBO Reunion Delayed to Thanksgiving
Friends HBO reunion gets postponed to late November.
Friends executive producer and director Kevin Bright updated viewers about what they should anticipate from the forthcoming special revival of the series, airing on HBO Max, which he claims has now been postponed until at least Thanksgiving at the end of November.
Bright described in a recent interview with Maria Menounos how he wasn't on board with the reunion if it meant the six cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer couldn't share a room.
Though Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, recently proposed the reunion could be achieved digitally with the stars recording from their individual residences, Bright disagreed stating 'We've waited this long.'
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Bright explained: "We feel the reunion needs to be done in front of an audience; we can't not share it after all this time. So, tentatively speaking, we're hoping that the special will be completed by Thanksgiving." Needless to say, it shall be worth the wait.
Throughout the chat, Bright revealed a range of interesting tidbits on what viewers might expect from the revival, and also expressed his feelings on the future of the relationship between Ross and Rachel, and one particular Friends couple he had wished to see partnered.
Co-creator David Krane had previously disclosed he had nixed the notion of romanticizing Phoebe and Joey in the NBC sitcom, and Bright couldn't be more on board with the idea.
Speaking of Kudrow and LeBlanc's on-screen chemistry, Bright admitted: "There was something really cute to me about Joey and Phoebe. I felt a little robbed that Phoebe found Paul Rudd. I felt like Joey and Phoebe could’ve been a great thing. There was something very provocative about it. It had a lot of potential."
The producer felt the series carried the legs to go on for "at least" two more years, because Joey had never met true love, which could have been another fantastic plot point.
Teasing the creative possibilities for potential narrative if they had wanted to shoot new episodes - Bright then commented about the likeliest couples to last the journey to this day.
Bright continued: "From my point of view, if the Friends were to get together today in their characters, just knowing the way the world goes, I would not believe it if all of their marriages are still together... that would not be believable to me."
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The producer couldn't help breaking into the iconic joke of Ross and Rachel, saying: "I'm gonna say that maybe Ross and Rachel might be on a break. There's nothing more glorious than to think something is really over, and it's not!"
It sure seems like Bright has placed a lot of thought through what the characters might be up to these days, so maybe it would be determined after the reunion whether or not there's a big enough inspiration there to focus on the new content.
Meanwhile, Bright told viewers there shall be deleted scenes, never-before-seen bloopers, and even an alternate conclusion to a well-known classic shot, but he remained tight-lipped on specifying the scene.