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written by Admin on July 28, 2020

Jennifer Aniston Nabs First-Ever Dramatic Emmy Nom

Jennifer Aniston has officially crossed over from beloved comedy star to beloved drama actor in the eyes of the Television Academy: She nabbed her first-ever dramatic acting Emmy nomination (for Apple TV Plus’ “The Morning Show”) on Tuesday.

“You did the work. It was just really clear. You were this other person. And you are poised, but it was a different shade of poise, maturity. It was just really thrilling,” Aniston’s former “Friends” costar Lisa Kudrow said to Aniston of her work on “The Morning Show” during Variety‘s Actors on Actors in June.

Aniston credited this to actor and acting coach Nancy Banks, who she called an “incredible woman” with whom she breaks down scripts. “I feel like I’ve discovered a whole new doorway into what we do — into acting — that I’d never, in all the years, even thought about,” she said. “I have a whole new tool belt.”

Aniston’s prior Emmy attention, including her one win to date, was all in the comedy genre. She saw two consecutive noms in 2000 and 2001 for supporting comedy actress for her role as Rachel Green on NBC’s modern classic sitcom “Friends” and then picked up three more consecutive noms for that role in the lead category, starting in 2002. (2002 also marked her first and only Emmy win to date.) Her most recent Emmy nom comes in the guest comedy actress for her turn as an old friend of Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) on “30 Rock” in 2009.

This is far from Aniston’s first attention in the role of morning news anchor Alex Levy on Kerry Ehrin’s streaming series, though. During the winter awards season, she scored a Golden Globe nom and a SAG win. That SAG became her first-ever small-screen dramatic statue; she had previously won in the comedy ensemble category for “Friends” in 1996.

On the film side, Aniston’s dramatic work has been celebrated before, with SAG and Golden Globe noms for “Cake” in 2015.

written by Admin on July 28, 2020

Jennifer Nominated for Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Jennifer has been nominated for Lead Actress in this year’s Emmy Award’s for her role as Alex Levy in The Morning Show, big congrats to Jennifer well deserved!

 

written by Admin on July 22, 2020

Jennifer Aniston, Sadly, Will Not Be the Godmother of Katy Perry’s Daughter After All

Alas, Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston are not quite the bosom buddies the tabloids would have us believe. According to the pop star, those prior reports that Aniston will be the godmother to her unborn daughter with fiancé Orlando Bloom are a total fiction.

During an appearance on the Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O on Sunday, Perry explained, “She texted us, because we are friendly with her and Orlando is one of her good friends, and we were like, ‘Wow, this is a wild rumor.’ I mean, God knows with her, she’s had everything said about her. But I guess this is a fun rumor. But no, we have no idea where it came from.”

That fun rumor was originated by The Mirror which claimed last week that the Friends actress, and Perry’s “number one friend,” has been “a huge support” to her and Bloom during the quarantine. An anonymous source told the tabloid, “Katy and Jen are very close. During lockdown, they went for socially distanced walks and spent lots of time catching up. She is pretty chuffed about it as well and cried when they asked her.” The fact that this L.A. source used the word “chuffed” probably should have been a dead giveaway.

Perry went on to tell the radio hosts that the story was purely “a product of the media and the internet,” joking “You should definitely believe everything that you read.”

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written by Admin on July 21, 2020

Jennifer Aniston opens up on her friend’s battle with Covid-19

Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston has urged everyone to wear masks, and cited the fight that a close friend of hers named Kevin is waging against COVID-19 as the reason.
“This is our friend Kevin. Perfectly healthy, not one underlying health issue. This is Covid. This is real. We can’t be so naive to think we can outrun this… if we want this to end, and we do, right? The one step we can take is PLEASE #wearadamnmask,” she captioned the post.

Along with it, she put up a picture of Kevin in the hospital, battling the virus.

Aniston added: “Just think about those who’ve already suffered through this horrible virus. Do it for your family. And most of all yourself. Covid affects all ages.”

 

“PS this photo was taken in early April. Thank god he has almost recovered now. Thank you all for your prayers,” she wrote.

written by Admin on June 24, 2020

“I’m Not Settling for Lip Service”: Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter, Rose Byrne and the Drama Actress Roundtable

THR-Six top actresses get real about everything from dismantling systemic racism (“It can’t just be, ‘We’re going to march with you and do a hashtag'”) to fighting typecasting (“For the life of me, I could not escape ‘Rachel from “Friends”‘”).

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Drama Actress Roundtable was set to take place two weeks before it actually did. But as the country hit a boil, erupting in protest following the killing of George Floyd, its early June timing no longer felt right.

The actresses — The Morning Show‘s Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (also of Little Fires Everywhere and Big Little Lies), Homecoming‘s Janelle Monáe, Euphoria‘s Zendaya, Mrs. America‘s Rose Byrne and The Crown‘s Helena Bonham Carter — collectively decided they needed the space and time to properly process what was happening around them. And with it, a chance to listen and learn.

When the sextet ultimately came to the (virtual) table on June 20, they spoke candidly about their own reckonings along with their professional fears and the power that they, as women, have now like never before. As Witherspoon says at one point, “We know that we matter.”

We are living through a unique moment in history, both with the pandemic and, more recently, the social unrest. What have you learned about yourselves during this time?

REESE WITHERSPOON A lot, and I’m continuing to learn. I think being an awake, aware, conscious, empathetic, thoughtful human being, if you have even an ounce of any of that, it’s pretty exhausting and morally trying. And it’s been a time to really dig deep and examine what are you doing in your life and in your business and in your work and really look at those things with new eyes.

JENNIFER ANISTON And having the [space] to be alone and not be distracted has been almost divine timing in terms of the order of how everything has unfolded. I think that’s a blessing of this pandemic because there wasn’t any chance for people to get distracted going back to work or going out to dinners or whatever. We were all pulled together, and it feels extremely unifying and oddly beautiful. And I’ve never read more in my life.

HELENA BONHAM CARTER I’m over here in London, and it’s extraordinary that there is one thing that has unified us all and yet we are all having very different experiences, depending on your privilege, your situation economically and also your health. I haven’t been directly affected or known anyone who’s been badly affected by COVID, so it’s the luxury of time that we don’t [ordinarily] have. It’s fascinating that we have to rely on the whole world stopping for us to stop.

ANISTON Yeah.

BONHAM CARTER And with the Black Lives [Matter] movement, because it’s happening now, we have the time to properly consider it and see what everyone can do about it. People have said, “Do you think it would have happened if COVID hadn’t happened?” And I feel unfortunately not.

ANISTON I agree with you.

BONHAM CARTER Everyone has the time and the space to actually change society on a profound level. But it’s extraordinary living through history. We are very privileged. And I know that this time for me has been utterly precious and I think I’ll come away with things that are profoundly changed. Also, as an actor, it’s a nice thing because everybody is as unemployed as I am and I don’t have to worry about it. You’re always looking over your shoulder. (Laughter.)

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written by Admin on June 23, 2020

Variety, PBS SoCal Takes ‘Actors on Actors’ Virtual with Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Chris Evans

Variety and PBS SoCal have announced the actor lineup and schedule for Season 12 of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

The new season of the Emmy-winning series was filmed entirely from actors’ homes and includes one-on-one conversations between stars from potential contending shows in this year’s Emmy race. The first two episodes will premiere on PBS SoCal on Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with episodes three and four premiering on Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 pm. All episodes will stream on pbssocal.org and on the free PBS Video app following their premieres.

The conversations include Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”) with Lisa Kudrow (“Space Force,” “Feel Good”); Henry Cavill (“The Witcher”) with Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: Picard”); Kieran Culkin (“Succession”) with Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”); Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice in the Room”) with Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”); Claire Danes (“Homeland”) with Damian Lewis (“Billions”); Daveed Diggs (“Snowpiercer”) with Anthony Mackie (“Black Mirror,” “Altered Carbon”); Chris Evans (“Defending Jacob”) with Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”); Anne Hathaway (“Modern Love”) with Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”); Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”) with Paul Mescal (“Normal People”); Regina King (“Watchmen”) with Reese Witherspoon (“Little Fires Everywhere”, “Big Little Lies”, “The Morning Show”); Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) with Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere”); Tessa Thompson (“Westworld”) with Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”); and Zendaya (“Euphoria”) with Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”).

written by Admin on June 22, 2020

Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Recall Their Favorite ‘Friends’ Memories


Variety- In the early ’90s, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow met for the first time at the table read for “Friends.” They didn’t know it at the time, but the two characters that they were be playing — Aniston’s Rachel Green and Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay — would become two of the most beloved in TV history.

In an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, on newsstands this week, Aniston and Kudrow discussed their current TV roles. Aniston is a frontrunner in this year’s Emmys race for best actress in a drama for her portrayal of anchor Alex Levy on “The Morning Show.” And Kudrow delivers buzzy supporting turns in two Netflix comedies — “Feel Good” and “Space Force.”

But as they got to talking, they quickly recalled what it was like to be at that “Friends” table read. “You were wearing an appropriate Phoebe Buffay — like a white linen, hippie shirt, and you had a bunch of seashells and necklaces on,” Aniston said. “And you had your hair pulled up in two little clips, and you had these little blond tendrils. So, so, so beautiful! And Courteney [Cox] had on a pink baby tee with a white trim.”

“Gee whiz!” Kudrow said. “I was trying to get into the character.”

Aniston later told a story about finding “Friends” clips on the Internet. “This one time I was with Courteney, and we were trying to find something to reference, an old ‘Friends’ thing,” Aniston said. “And then we stumbled on — there’s bloopers online — and we sat there at the computer like two nerds watching these bloopers laughing at ourselves.”

Aniston revealed what it’s like for her to revisit the show now. “Here’s what I love, is when I watch an episode, I’ll usually remember where we broke during the scene,” Aniston said. “You and I would always get into these fits of laughter because you had this wonderful ability to — you were about to hit your punchline, and you would do this adorable thing where you would break. You would say the punchline, and you would always turn to the audience and say, ‘I’m sorry, it’s really funny.’”

“I didn’t want to ruin it,” recalled Kudrow, who hasn’t been revisiting Phoebe. “I don’t watch the show. I’m still not watching it in the hopes that one day we sit down and watch them together.”

When it’s safe to film again, the six cast members of “Friends” will sit down together for a reunion special for HBO Max. “That will be really great,” Kudrow said. “I can’t wait to do that.”

For more from Variety‘s conversation with Aniston and Kudrow, read our full story here.

written by Admin on June 22, 2020

The One Where Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Have a Glorious ‘Friends’ Reunion

Variety– The cast of “Friends,” the most beloved show in modern TV history, are famously close, and the six of them will reunite for an HBO Max special whenever it’s safe to film again. But before that, we asked Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow to talk to one another about their latest TV projects. On “The Morning Show,” Aniston crushed it — winning a SAG Award this year (for best female actor in a drama series) for her portrait of Alex Levy, a star anchor who has to face her own complicity after her co-host, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), is fired for sexual harassment. Of late, Kudrow has stolen scenes on two shows — as the wife of Carell’s character on “Space Force” and a harsh mother on “Feel Good.”

Over video chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, as they discussed their work, Aniston and Kudrow laughed and reminisced. They also discussed the enduring popularity of “Friends,” and why they feel like the show worked so well. At one point, Aniston even referenced this classic bit with Ross, Chandler, Rachel and a couch, which was delightful.

Jennifer Aniston: Do you actually remember when you first met me?

Lisa Kudrow: Yes, I do — at the table read.

Aniston: Do I remember what I was wearing?

KudrowYou remember what everyone was wearing.

Aniston: I do. You were wearing an appropriate Phoebe Buffay — like a white linen, hippie shirt, and you had a bunch of seashells and necklaces on. And you had your hair pulled up in two little clips, and you had these little blond tendrils.

Kudrow: Oh, God bless.

Aniston: So, so, so beautiful! And Courteney [Cox] had on a pink baby tee with a white trim.

Kudrow: Gee whiz! I was trying to get into the character.

Aniston: I know! Still thought you were auditioning, and you actually already had the job.

Kudrow: What did you wear?

Aniston: That I don’t remember.

Kudrow: And then you did “The Morning Show.”

Aniston: Right after!

Kudrow: I just thought that was a good segue. By the way, it’s my favorite show. Watched all of them the minute we could, my husband and I both. We have a hard time finding shows we can both watch together. And then it’s just so well written. It’s about something; it’s so beautifully performed. You blew me away.

Aniston: Bless your heart. Thanks, honey.

Kudrow: You were so completely “The Morning Show” host that it wasn’t you anymore. I would go, “Wait, that was Jennifer?”

Aniston: Coming from Lisa — I’m speaking to this said audience that is maybe watching this — but coming from you, who, literally, the characters that you portrayed consistently over all of the years of knowing you, I never see Lisa, ever. I’m really moved.

Kudrow: There’s a lot to talk about with “The Morning Show.” Do you mind if I pivot?

Aniston: No, pivot. Pivot, David Schwimmer.

Kudrow: How did you decide that that’s something you wanted to do?

Aniston: I was talking to Michael Ellenberg at my Christmas party, and I’ve known Michael since he was one of the producers on “The Leftovers,” which was one of Mimi Leder’s brilliant, extraordinary shows that she directed. It just came up where I said, “You know, I’m not opposed to going back to television, if it’s a great piece of work.” And he said, “Are you serious?”

And then he gave me the outline, because he had just read “Top of the Morning” [by Brian Stelter], and he just acquired the rights. They came to me, and I said, “Absolutely.” And he said, “Also, and the idea of having you and Reese [Witherspoon] come in to do this together would be brilliant.”

When he pitched the show, it was behind the scenes of the New York morning talk shows and New York media. And then #MeToo happened. We had to stop and refocus and incorporate all of that into the story as well, which sadly fit in quite easily.

Kudrow: Well, you already had Mitch who was crossing lines, so to speak.

Aniston: Yes, yes. And the ageism — for my character, wanting someone new, because after you hit 40, that’s it. We got to find us some new someone. There were a lot of things that were really fun and there to play with.

Kudrow: Your depiction of Alex’s breakdown in that last episode, I’ve never seen anything done like that. It felt so real and — not painful, because she was sort of out of her body. How on Earth did you approach that?

Aniston: It was just a boiling point, and I think it was just all of the years. And then Hannah’s death happened, and then all of it kind of boiled and it just exploded, and it happened right when we were on air. I think I did sort of float out of my body and I didn’t give a s—. It was a little bit like, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.

I think it’s also something about being this age, and having heard these stories over and over, over the last few years — there is such a rage that we as women are carrying, and hearing what so many women walked through and had to deal with.

Kudrow: We’ve all heard stories when they were happening. And you just know, “Oh, my God, there’s no recourse. There’s no recourse. There’s nothing to do. What do I tell my friend?”

Aniston: And it’s too big. What are we going to do? It’s going to be him again, his word against mine. It was quite a fulfilling experience in that sense.

Kudrow: God. That was just so great.

Aniston: I love you. I can’t take it, I’m sweating.

Kudrow: Well, you don’t look sweaty. So with Reese, because you were both producing this — it seemed like the two of you would like finally be allies, and then I don’t know. That was a fantastic roller coaster also. It felt like Alex didn’t have a lot of women in her life.

Aniston: No, no, no. She was in the boys’ club. She reminds me of kind of Shirley MacLaine. It was always hanging out with the Rat Pack. I think she was very determined and she had her family, and her work was No. 1, obviously. Also, when Bradley [Witherspoon] comes in, there’s such a “Whoa!” inferiority, but yet she sort of worships her and thinks she’s awesome. But then she’s terrified and intimidated. It’s such a love/hate. And it really did feel like a love story between two women in a way.

There’s so many dynamics of women and how women treat each other. Women are pretty hard on women, ultimately. That’s something that you and I have never experienced, especially when we had the luxury of shooting our show. We were just girlfriends.

Kudrow: Never understood it. What’s the competition? I never understood that. And luckily, I don’t think I ever experienced it, or I don’t see it.

We’re all doing what we want to do. Where’s the complaint? Where’s the issue? There’s enough. There’s abundance. We’re all here and we’re all doing it.

Aniston: Room for everybody. But I think in that world of broadcasting, it is about relevance.

By the way, the “Space Force” show, wasn’t there a big secret around that? You weren’t allowed to know something about Space Force?

Kudrow: No, not “not allowed” — just dips— didn’t know that it was a real thing. Yeah, no. I didn’t know.

Aniston: I’m sorry you were in jail though. I feel like our life now is kind of like what your character was in a way.

Kudrow: Yes. I had all these wigs.

Aniston: What about the one where you have the cornrows when your daughter came to visit you?

Kudrow: Yes, I did have cornrows. That wasn’t a wig. Of course, I’m asking, “Now, why is she in prison?”

Aniston: Why is she in prison?

Kudrow: I think they just didn’t want to commit to what that was. That’s a fun thing to tease out, I think.

Aniston: Weren’t you so excited, though, to get that job when you heard, oh my gosh, I get to work with Steve Carell?

Kudrow: He’s heaven. He’s great, he’s effortless, professional — he’s a human being, right? It was really fun. I was only there on that show for five days, but every day was —

Aniston: All of your whole body of work was done in five days? By the way, like it. Sign me up.

Kudrow: That’s how I do things. Thanks, Netflix. Yeah, that was like for “Feel Good” too. It was just one week.

Aniston: God, I love that show! I love “Feel Good.” You’re so mean!

Kudrow: Yeah, she’s tricky.

Aniston: Isn’t it fun, though, to play those kinds of people?

Kudrow: Yes, but I get concerned when I really, completely understand and sympathize. Because if my daughter had been an addict, and we had to kick her out of the house, and she’s recovered, and I come to find that she’s not in any addicts anonymous groups? Then yeah, I’d be super freaked and angry. And Mae [Martin] was really, really open, and just gave me a lot of background for that character.

Aniston: When you are producing, you’re there from the ground up, coming up with the idea and the show — and then the scripts and then the crew and then the cast. Do you find that to be more of a comfortable place to work from, or do you enjoy going into an already formed family and you’re the guest family member for the time?

Kudrow: I like being the guest family member for the time. When I’m producing my own thing, that’s different, but I have a commitment issue since “Friends,” to be honest with you.

Aniston: Just fear of committing to something because nothing will ever be as good as “Friends”? I understand.

Kudrow: “Friends,” it’s not like, “Oh, it was such hard work for 10 years.” It’s not that. It was that I know that show worked because we all committed to each other too. It wasn’t just committing to a role, committing to a contract. We all still love each other. Our cast is like that, and that’s why that worked. I think part of me died. I can’t do that again.

But when I’ve created something myself — which I have only two shows that I’ve done that with — then I feel like it’s OK. Because I have all the people around, and that makes it OK. Maybe I’m just becoming a f—ing nut as I grow older. That’s possible.

Aniston: Anything’s possible. I love it. I just love your brain. It may be my happy place.

Kudrow: Can I ask you something, Jennifer? So, since we’ve been in quarantine or staying home, have you watched “Friends”?

Aniston: I love it. I love stumbling on a “Friends” episode. This one time I was with Courteney, and we were trying to find something to reference, an old “Friends” thing. And then we stumbled on — there’s bloopers online — and we sat there at the computer like two nerds watching these bloopers laughing at ourselves.

Kudrow: I’ve done it too. I’ve done that, hours watching bloopers.

Aniston: Here’s what I love, is when I watch an episode, I’ll usually remember where we broke during the scene.

You and I would always get into these fits of laughter because you had this wonderful ability to — you were about to hit your punchline, and you would do this adorable thing where you would break. You would say the punchline, and you would always turn to the audience and say, “I’m sorry, it’s really funny.”

Kudrow: If I knew I was going, I wouldn’t say the punchline — I didn’t want to ruin it.

Aniston: You did have an ability to giggle, to break during the punchline. Because you as Lisa also thought it was funny, what Phoebe was saying. Which was so endearing.

Kudrow: Which is a commitment issue.

Aniston: And then I would watch you do that, and then I would break. We were terrible. And then there was the scene when the bagpipes happened.

The bagpipes — where you started to sing full 100%-sounding like the bagpipe — I couldn’t hold it together. No one could hold it together.

Kudrow: I’m coughing, but don’t worry.

Aniston: No, you’re OK, Lis. Want me to check your temperature? You’re totally healthy. Everybody now, if you have a tickle in your throat, you almost feel bad to even make any kind of sound of a cough or just sneeze. God forbid, the allergies. You’re screwed.

Kudrow: It’s true. I know. You’re afraid that someone’s going to think you’re sick and that you’re being really irresponsible, you’re not doing anything to protect them.

Aniston: What are your favorite episodes of the Friendship show?

Kudrow: I don’t watch the show. I’m still not watching it in the hopes that one day we sit down and watch them together.

Aniston: I think it would be a lot of fun for us to do something like that.

Kudrow: When we’re at Ross’ and we’re seeing Monica and Chandler start undressing each other in front of the window. And then, [I’m like], “My eyes! My eyes!” That’s how Matthew Perry said things. I actually asked his permission before we shot it. I was like, “I don’t know if you’ve seen the rehearsals, but I’m saying ‘My eyes! My eyes!’ the way you do. So I just need to know that that’s OK with you. If not, I’ll say it a different way.” And he was like, “Yeah, go for it.”

Aniston: I feel like Matthew required us to ask permission when we borrowed Chandler’s cadence. We were like, “But it’s flattering.” I think it’s going to be really fun also when we, if we ever get out of quarantine, get to do our reunion show.

Kudrow: Yes, that will be really great. I can’t wait to do that. I really can’t wait to do that. Yeah, we don’t know everything about it, we need to say. I think we’re meant to be surprised by some things as well.

Aniston: We know it’s not scripted, that we know.

Kudrow: Yeah, no. I will not be Phoebe.

Aniston: I will not be Rachel, although I kind of am. Well, we’re all sort of little fragments of them. Not really. But yeah.

written by Admin on June 07, 2020

Jennifer Aniston Donated $1 Million To Color Of Change

Elle-Jennifer Aniston donated $1 million to Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the U.S., per The Mirror.

The actress quietly made her donation, but a source told the publication: “Like most people, Jen has been deeply affected by what is going on in America and the terrible injustice that people of color experience every day. She wanted to show her support, and has donated a big sum to the charity she felt resonated with her the most. The link is on her Instagram page, so her fans can also donate.”

Last week, Aniston posted a video of James Baldwin asking “how much time do you want for your progress?” Alongside the video, she wrote: “This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons. We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time – and it’s NEVER been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it’s our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? HOW MUCH MORE TIME? Text FLOYD to 55156 and sign the @colorofchange petition to have all four of the officers who killed #GeorgeFloyd arrested.”
If you want to support Color of Change, go to the website and click on “Join us” and/or “donate.” The organization focuses on economic justice, media justice, criminal justice, and power & voice for a reason:

“The forces that shape our lives are interrelated,” the organization says on its site. “We cannot end racism in one area without tackling it in all areas. Racist policing is propped up by racist media narratives on crime and justice. Political inequality is reinforced by economic inequality. Unlivable wages and unfair hiring practices make it easier for corporations to continue to exploit Black workers and consumers.”

 

written by Admin on February 22, 2020

The Friends reunion is officially happening (finally) at HBO Max

It turns out after all this time the cast of Friends was just on a break.

After years of speculation and pleading from fans, a Friends reunion is finally, officially, happening. Could we BE any more excited?

The original six cast members — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney CoxLisa KudrowMatt LeBlancMatthew Perry, and David Schwimmer — will reunite for an exclusive untitled unscripted special on WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform HBO Max. When HBO Max launches in May, the unscripted reunion special and all 236 episodes of the beloved NBC series will be available to subscribers.

Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV, in a statement. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

The cast were the first to announce the news on their social media pages. Five of the six all shared the same image of the cast with the words, “It’s happening.” Always the class clown, LeBlanc changed things up, sharing a photo of the original cast of M*A*S*H.

Ben Winston (The Late Late Show With James Corden) will direct the special and will executive produce along with Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. All of the six core cast will also executive produce the special.

There have been many unofficial reunions over the years when the cast has spent time together outside of projects, and fans have speculated over the possibility for years.

Co-creator Marta Kauffman dismissed the idea of an official reunion as recently as 2015. The closest they’ve come thus far was during NBC’s 2016 tribute to director James Burrows — but crucially Matthew Perry was absent from the group. However, this unscripted reunion on HBO Max has been rumored since November.

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