It’s happening: The “Friends” cast is reuniting for an exclusive untitled unscripted special on HBO Max.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original “Friends” soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to celebrate the long-running series, which ended its run in 2004.
Sources close to the situation tell Variety the six stars will receive at least $2.5 million apiece for participating in the special.
The reunion has been hotly anticipated, with speculation about the HBO Max special swirling since last fall, just months after the WarnerMedia-created SVOD platform nabbed the streaming rights to the show from Netflix in a deal with Warner Bros. Television. All 10 seasons of the comedy left Netflix at the end of 2019, meaning that “Friends” has thus far not been available to stream in the US this calendar year — at least, not until HBO Max launches in May.
人们一曲热切等待着《老友记》主创的重聚，客岁春季就传出了HBO Max推出《老友记》特别节目的预测。在华纳兄弟电视公司和奈飞公司签署一项协定后，华纳媒体开办的SVOD平台从奈飞那边获得了《老友记》节目的播放权。没有到多少个月这类猜想便开端谦天飞。2019年末全体十季《老友记》正在奈飞下架，象征着本年以去《老友记》始终不在米国流媒体平台播放，至多，在蒲月份HBO Max仄台上线之前是如斯。
The special, as well as all 236 episodes of “Friends,” will be available upon the streaming service’s debut. They will no doubt be a high-profile part of HBO Max’s appeal as it tries to attract subscribers. Though the sitcom aired its series finale over 15 years ago, third-party market researchers have said “Friends” was one of Netflix’s most-watched shows. And as previously reported, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment told Variety that sales of physical and digital versions of “Friends” have “roughly tripled” since news broke that it would be leaving Netflix.
《老友记》特别节目连同《老友记》原剧齐部236集将会在初次上线的HBO Max流媒体平台上播放。这些节目无疑是HBO Max试图吸收定阅用户的高调手腕之一。只管这部情景笑剧十五年前就播出了大结局，当心第三圆市场调研机构指出，《老友记》还是奈飞播放量最下的节目之一。正如前前所报导的，华纳兄弟家庭文娱公司告诉《综艺》杂志说，自从爆出《老友记》行将分开奈飞的消息后，《老友记》光碟和数字版的销度“大概上涨了两倍”。
"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 at HBO Max and president of 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.”
HBO Max的尾席式样卒凯文·莱利在一份申明中道：“我念您们能够把这称之为《老友记》剧组的重聚——咱们将和大卫、詹妮弗、柯特妮、马特、莉莎和马修在HBO Max的一个特别节目中相逢，这档节目将和《老友记》剧集一同上线。在《老友记》筹拍晚期我就晓得这部剧，多年当前我有机遇参加这部剧的制造，很愉快看到它驯服了一代又一代不雅众。这部剧让人悼念谁人友人和不雅寡都邑实在天聚到一路的年月，我们以为此次老友重聚的特别节目会表现这个精力，让新老粉丝都联开起来。”凯文·莱利同时也是特纳播送公司、特纳电视网和truTV电视频讲的总裁。
Ben Winston will direct the special and executive produce alongside “Friends” executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer are also executive producing the special, with Emma Conway and James Longman on board as co-executive producers.