Friends: The Reunion dropped its first teaser trailer and announced that it will debut on May 27 on HBO Max.
Friends: The Reunion will be debuting on May 27, exactly one year after it was originally scheduled to air as it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends: The Reunion was supported to begin filming in February 2020, but the filming was postponed to April.
The reunion special will see the return of the original cast Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. The original cast served as executive producers alongside the Friends executive producers Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright.
In addition, the reunion special will feature the following guest stars: Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling, David Beckham, Tom Selleck, Reese Witherspoon, Malala Yousafzai, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Christina Pickles, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, James Michael Tyler and Thomas Lennon.
On May 6, Courtney Cox said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that “it was great” and added that they “had a lot of special surprises”.
The reunion special was announced in February 2020 and was supposed to be filmed with a live audience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the production of Friends: The Reunion was delayed twice.
After the project was delayed indefinitely in August 2020, Jennifer Aniston said “I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed,” as they got more time to make it “more exciting and more fun”. Aniston added that they weren’t going anywhere and said “You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry.”
Lisa Kudrow said on the podcast Literally! with Rob Lowe that the reunion special was not a reboot. Kudrow explained that it was unscripted and the cast was not portraying their characters. She said that the Friends: The Reunion would just be them getting together. She added that they haven’t reunited in front of other people since 2004 when the show ended.