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Delayed ‘Friends’ reunion expected to film in March, Matthew Perry says

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The cast of ‘Friends’ appears in the photo room at the 54th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 22, 2002. From left are: David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc. Aniston won Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series for her role on the show. (File Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake)


LOS ANGELES (Reuters)

The long-delayed ‘Friends’ reunion special is expected to shoot in March, actor Matthew Perry said on Thursday (November 12), a year after plans to get the cast back together were wrecked because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!” Perry, who gained famed playing tightly wound ‘Chandler’ on the hit 1990s sitcom, tweeted.

The one-off unscripted special was supposed to launch the HBO Max streaming service in May 2020, but plans to film it have been repeatedly delayed by the pandemic that shut down production in Hollywood in mid-March.

A source close to the production said on Thursday that plans were still being finalised but that the first part of 2021 was the target date for the taping.

‘Friends’, also starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc as twentysomethings living in New York City, ended in 2004 after 10 years but remains one of the most popular TV shows in reruns.

HBO Max said earlier this year it hoped to film the reunion in the studio with a live audience.

Hollywood movies and television shows have slowly resumed production under complex safety guidelines that include social distancing, frequent testing for cast and crews, and COVID-19 advisers on sets.

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