COVID-19 claims Friends reunion special for now, but Zoom reunion could be in the works

In February of this year, HBO Max announced a highly anticipated reunion of the cast from the hit TV show Friends. The reunion was set for May, but due to COVID-19, we’ll now have to wait a little longer to catch up with Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross and Chandler.

Production was scheduled before the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, and the studio actually considered a backup plan of filming the show early. But instead, the reunion is on hold until the pandemic clears.

Fans could be in for an appetizer of sorts somewhat soon though, as Courteney Cox said she’s recently had daily meetings with the cast and director via the Zoom app. All the main stars have met every day and it seems they’re committed to making sure fans don’t have to wait months (or even a year) to see their favorites together again.

The Zoom sessions have apparently went over very well, with those involved calling them “hilarious” and hoping they can be turned into teasers or maybe even a special of their own.

Once the gang is able to be back together in person for the first time in 16 years, they’ll be in for some memories as they’ll be gathering on the original sound stage where Friends was filmed on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.

It’s not all bad news though, as the entire 200 plus episode series run will still be available at the launch of HBO Max. The streaming service did pay over $400 million for the rights to stream Friends after all, so you can still expect a big production once they’re able to.

Artie Beaty