It’s been rumored for oh, going on about eleven years now, and The One with the Reunion is really, truly, finally going to happen. A two-hour special dedicated to James Burrows, who directed fifteen Friends episodes and is being celebrated for having done 1,000 television episodes (Frasier, NewsRadio, Cheers, Taxi, Will & Grace, Mike & Molly) will be the catalyst for a 2016 group hug.
The announcement was made this week at a TCA press event by NBC head Bob Greenblatt, who said the casts of Frasier, Taxi, Will & Grace and Cheers will also be appearing.
Even though it’s not exclusively a Friends gig, or an actual episode — presumably they’ll have the sense to have the gang do a short skit — it’ll be nice to see Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Ross and Phoebe together again. Though some outlets are reporting having the group all in the same room is still up in the air — Greenblatt said he wasn’t sure it could “logistically” be pulled off — TVLine (confirmed by NBC’s Paul Telegdy) reports that Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow will all be there (for you).
Not to be morbid, but this week has been an absolute bitch in terms of losing a couple of our beloved favorites; having something like this mass reunion to look forward to is a wee spot of sunshine breaking through the clouds.
More group hugs, please.
The two-hour reunion special airs on NBC February 21st.