We tend to see most of the Friends stars out and about. Jennifer Aniston most recently in the Apple TV+’s The Morning Show; Lisa Kudrow on several podcasts in the last year; Matt LeBlanc has a CBS series most of us didn’t realize was still on (plus, he co-hosted Top Gear for a while); Courteney Cox is a regular presence on social media; David Schwimmer was giving interviews just last week defending Friends as a product of its time, and then apologizing for suggesting that someone should make a Friends with an all-Black cast before realizing that Living Single preceded Friends.
We don’t, however, see a lot of Matthew Perry, not since Odd Couple ran its course on CBS (and his phenomenal turn on The Good Wife). Perry doesn’t have much of a social media presence, either, aside from an infrequently updated Twitter account. Or rather, he didn’t, until this week.
Perry still hasn’t actually posted anything on his Instagram page, but it exists, and now we probably know why. HBO Max — which will be the home of Friends come May — has reportedly signed a deal for a Friends reunion episode.
Following tough negotiations, I hear Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry have reached an agreement in principle with series’ producer Warner Bros. TV to do what I hear would be an hourlong special. No one would comment, but I hear each of the six stars will be paid in the $3 million-$4 million range for appearing in the special.
And that, folks, is how you launch your streaming service: You reunite the cast of the most popular streaming sitcom in streaming history, you gain millions of new subscribers who tune in just for Friends and the reunion, and then you keep them with consistently excellent HBO fare.
The Peacock, with rights to The Office, is going to have to up its game.
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