The Friends reunion is scheduled to air on HBO Max in the spring

By Ally Mauch
January 14, 2021 11:20 AM
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Lisa Kudrow is giving fans some more details about the long-awaited Friends reunion special. 

The reunion, which will bring the core cast back together on the NBC comedy's original soundstage, is scheduled to shoot in "early spring," Kudrow told Rob Lowe during an episode of his podcast, Literally! With Rob Lowe.

The actress, 57, added that she and her costars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — have already shot some scenes for the reunion. 

"There's different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things," she told Lowe. "I pre-shot something already so we're definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something." 

Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay.
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Kudrow, who played the eclectic Phoebe Buffay, also clarified that the cast will not be reprising their iconic Friends characters, but chatting as themselves. 

"It's not a reboot," she said. "It's not like a scripted thing, we're not portraying our characters. It's us getting together, which just doesn't happen a lot and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped." 

"I think it'll be great," she added.

"Is it you just having nachos over at Jen's house?" Lowe then asked, to which Kudrow joked in response, "Yes, that's what it is." 

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Friends originally aired for 10 seasons from 1994 through 2004. The sitcom's reunion was first announced in February by HBO Max and was scheduled to premiere in May, but was delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"Unfortunately it's very sad that we had to move it again," Aniston, 51, told Deadline in August. "It was, 'How do we do this with live audiences?' This is not a safe time. Period. That's the bottom line. It's not a safe time to do it."

"It's going to be super," she added. "I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we're not going anywhere. You're never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You're stuck with us for life, guys."

After confirming that the reunion had been pushed back, former WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said they still planned on taping the special in front of a live studio audience on the original soundstage in Burbank, California.

"We do think there's a value to having a big, raucous live audience to experience these six great friends coming back together," he said. "And we didn't want to just suddenly do it on a web call with, you know, six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms."