2019 marked a special year for a very special show - this year celebrated the 25th anniversary of Friends, and if that doesn't make you feel old, then nothing will.
Fortunately, we may soon relive some of the magic from our first time watching the genre-defining series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, media sources have shared that while no contracts are signed yet, HBO Max is in talks to create an 'unscripted reunion special', featuring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.Why Hasn't There Been A Reunion Yet?
To put it in a nutshell, there hasn't been a major push for it from the creators themselves. While Jennifer Aniston has discussed ideas of reboots and remakes in the past, co-creator Martha Kaufman and star Matthew Perry have previously shared that a new season of Friends would most likely be a disappointment - with Kaufman jokingly dubbing the reunion episode as 'The One Where Everyone's Disappointed.'
On a more pragmatic bent, it doesn't seem that the world really wanted more Friends, if spinoff show Joey's 2-season romp was anything to go by - NBC cancelled the show due to low ratings, and we never heard much of the show's reprisal.
Here's where things get interesting though.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Hollywood Reporter story is that it directly names one of the most important people in TV production today - Bob Greenblatt - as the driving force behind creating a Friends reunion.
Greenblatt happens to be the former Chairman of NBC Entertainment (which produced Friends) and is the current Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, which will acquire streaming rights to the series in 2020. Known for supervising massive hit shows such as Dexter and Californication, if there's one man in Hollywood who can make the reunion happen, it's definitely him.
Pair this with Jennifer Aniston's statement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she told the host that "we would love for there to be something but we don't know what that something is, so... we're just trying... we're working on something.”View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Jennifer Aniston (@jenniferaniston) on Oct 15, 2019 at 6:03am PDT
Not a confirmation, of course, but with Greenblatt allegedly pushing for a reunion and the cast seemingly interested in working together again, anything's possible.
Meanwhile, Twitter took to wild speculation on what this mysterious project could turn out to be, and whether it would be worth it.
Some were pretty overjoyed to consider seeing their favourite sitcom return once more.
ð±ð±ð±ð± Yeah-huh!!! pic.twitter.com/2ROSzzXunJ— Sunny_Girl (@_D_o_r_y_A_n_n_) November 13, 2019
Others struck up a heated debate as to what this 'unscripted reunion' could be.
Keyword here is unscripted. Sounds like a get together with interviews and talking about memories from days on set— chloë (@chloeevansj) November 13, 2019
While a bunch looked at the speculated production to be nothing more than a cash-grab - a sensible conclusion considering that the Friends cast was one of the highest-paid in TV history.
And all the cast said..... pic.twitter.com/iDsRRDXJ3T— Mr Williamsð¥ð²ð (@William90308670) November 13, 2019
Finally, others simply wished that the show would remain undisturbed.
I hope not. This will ruin it.— SG (@GREENESJ333) November 13, 2019
What do you think? I certainly feel that while the series should remain where it always has, a Friends documentary would be an interesting take on the history of both the iconic casts' careers and sitcom culture in the 90s.
If we're due to see a new episode, well… at least we may get to see Joey's 2019 Tinder profile. Share your thoughts with us!