Drop everything. This is the One Where We Announce Where You Can See Friends: The Reunion in Australia.
The long-awaited special — aptly titled The One Where They Get Back Together — will air on BINGE, express from the US, at 5.02pm AEST on Thursday 27 May.
The revelation will be a relief to Aussie fans, who have been in a frenzy of excitement after the reunion was announced, while unclear how they could see it Down Under.
It’s been 17 years since Friends’ final episode (The One Where They Say Goodbye) aired and the unscripted special will celebrate the mega-hit comedy’s 25th anniversary.
All six of the stars who made its eponymous friends household names — Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt Le Blanc — will be returning.
The reunion will also feature big-name guests, some of whom had cameos in Friends during its run. They include James Corden as host, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Cindy Crawford, Lady Gaga, Tom Selleck (who played Richard), Maggie Wheeler (who played Janice), Reese Witherspoon (who played Rachel’s sister Jill) and James Michael Tyler (who played Gunther).
A trailer for the HBO Max production was released Thursday and includes clips of the cast being interviewed by Corden, next to the iconic fountain which features in the show’s opening titles.
We see the cast walking back on to soundstage 24 on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, California, where the show’s interiors were filmed, and where key sets have been brought out of storage and rebuilt for the reunion.
We also see our favourite friends doing a roundtable script read of memorable scenes, including The One Where Everybody Finds Out, and taking a quiz which is akin to another of the show’s most memorable episodes: when a trivia match between Chandler and Joey, and Monica and Rachel, turns into a high-stakes gamble on who gets to live in the better — and bigger — apartment.
Ahead of the reunion special, the cast took part in a group interview for People magazine looking back at their time on the show. “It goes so beyond the work and what the show was, which was in and of itself just a spectacular phenomenon,” Aniston said. “But the friendships/family that came out of it … You can’t put words to that, really. It’s priceless.
The reunion special was first announced back in February last year when the six actors posted to their respective Instagram accounts, “It’s happening”. With many fans speculating early on whether the cast would appear in character or not, HBO released a statement confirming what the reunion would look like.
“In order to avoid any misunderstanding about what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not a new, original episode of the series. The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters,” HBO Max explained.
Warner Bros had planned to film the reunion episode in early 2020 but it was delayed twice — in March and August — because of COVID-19. The reunion was finally filmed in April this year, with a small audience of guest stars and other friends of the Friends.
Announcing BINGE’s coup in securing the reunion today, the streaming service’s executive director Alison Hurbert-Burns said: “Friends doesn’t need an introduction — it’s simply iconic. The show that delivered us Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Ross remains as popular today as it was when it aired.
“With fans holding out hope for a reunion for years, BINGE is delighted to bring Friends: The Reunion to Australians and have it join all 10 seasons of Friends already available to stream on BINGE. I’ll be on the couch and joining the rest of Australia at 5pm next Thursday to watch along with the world.”
To watch Friends: The Reunion or the other 236 episodes of Friends, visit Binge.com.au
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