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Is a 'Friends' Special Really Happening?

Wednesday Nov 13, 2019
From left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose after the show won outstanding comedy series at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
From left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose after the show won outstanding comedy series at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.   (Source:AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

The one where we get our hopes up.

Reports surfaced Tuesday that a "Friends" reunion special of sorts is in the works at the upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Variety reports that the special will be unscripted and is in the early works. Sources told the publication that the original cast of "Friends" — Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — are in talks to appear in the special, along with series creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane.

Nothing is set in stone, apparently, and there is no information about what the special would actually be. Variety notes it would most likely feature the cast and crew sharing stories and memories from filming the iconic sitcom.

News of the special comes after it was reported HBO Max obtained the rights to stream "Friends," beating out Netflix, which has had the NBC comedy series for the last few years. "Friends" will debut on the streaming service when it launches in May 2020.

"Friends" has gone on to have a second wave of fandom since ending its run on NBC in 2004, thanks to streaming on Netflix.

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