404965 18: The cast of 'Friends' (L to R) Courteney Cox Arquette, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc arrive for NBC's 75th Anniversary Special May 5, 2002 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo : Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
There have been many rumors about "Friends" reunion or reboot, and some of the TV show's cast members have taken the liberty of dismissing such rumors. And now, it appears a recent update about a "Friends" reunion isn't a dud this time. However, the reunion isn't reportedly done in the way many fans expect it to happen.
"The 'Friends' cast is reuniting on their old network next month for a two-hour special that pays tribute to veteran sitcom director James Burrows, who recently helmed his 1,000th TV episode (15 of which were Friends)," TV Line reported.
"The telecast, which is being likened to last February's high-rated Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, will also reunite the casts of other landmark Burrows series, including 'Taxi,' "Cheers,' 'Frasier' and 'Will & Grace'," the entertainment news source added. "The stars of more recent Burrows programs, including 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Mike & Molly,' will also appear."
What's exciting, though, is that the whole cast will be present in full force to support the event. Hey, that's just like watching a snippet of "Friends," so that should be consolation enough for fans, don't you think?
However, NBC's Robert Greenblatt warned that the cast may not reunite all in one scene.
"Hoping that all six of them will be in the same room at the same time, but I'm not sure we can logistically pull that off," Greenblatt said, as noted by E! Online.
"Efforts to wrangle all six cast members for reunion stunts have proved difficult in the past, with one or more members typically resisting behind the scenes," Entertainment Weekly observed.
Previously, Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe in the series, commented that the cast 10 years later would probably be parents and would attempt to gain some sense of responsibility, which would probably make the reunion "so different that it wouldn't be Friends anymore," as noted by The Independent.
Last year, Kudrow also revealed that, off-cam, all 6 can't even get together just for a private dinner.
"We're trying but we don't all live in the same state," she said, as quoted by Today. "We don't have the same work schedule anymore."
If the producers do manage the near-impossible and get all six together at the same time, the special may probably be one of the highest-grossing TV segments in recent history. What do you think?
Burrows, the focus of the TV special, is the director behind a good number of hit comedies shown on the small screen. He had recently done his 1,000th episode for TV, which attests to his enduring influence in the world of small screen entertainment.