HBO Max is all-in with Friends.
Per THR, cast members Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler), and David Schwimmer (Ross), as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are in talks to reunite for a special.
While details are scarce, the reunion would be unscripted, but still, having the cast together to talk about the impact of the show is better than nothing.
The outlet notes that a deal is far from complete, meaning that we should not get excited until the talks lead to something more.
Negotiations are tough, especially with an IP like Friends. But at least we know there are talks of this project coming to fruition.
This would be the perfect project to have available at launch. After 25 years, the series remains one of the most-streamed around the world because it made such an impact on viewers.
HBO Max will be home to all ten seasons of the series at launch, so having this special in addition to those ten seasons would likely push the people who are on the fence about signing up to another streaming service to do just that.
Friends was a roaring success on Netflix and has been found by new fans as a result of the streaming market.
The series originally aired from 1994-2004 and was a hit back then as well. It made household names out of the stars, and they all continue to act today.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, some of the show's best episodes have been airing in movie theaters across the world.
In this reboot-heavy TV landscape, the Friends creators have been vocal about not wanting to bring the series back because they worry that fans would want it back until it returned.
Some shows are best left untouched, and Friends is one of those, but having the cast back together in some capacity is a win.
HBO Max is launching in the first half of 2020 and will come in at $15 per month.
What are your thoughts on this?
Hit the comments below.
Editor's Note: Our system got updated! Now, you'll be able to scroll through many articles at once. That required a bit of a change to the comments, though, and now you have to click the blue "comments" bar at the bottom of an article to access them.
There are also two segments to comments now. You can either comment using Facebook or Disqus. Either way, you can SEE both types of comments. We hope that will be more inclusive of our community at large and that the conversations will grow as a result.
Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.