UPDATE: Matthew Perry will not appear in person at the Friends reunion. According to Time, representatives for the actor noted that he will be starring in a play in London at the time but “may tape something for the tribute.”
After years of close calls, the original six stars of hit NBC comedy Friends will be reuniting for a two-hour tribute special to director James Burrows that will air on NBC on February 21st.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the reunion at a Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday. “I shouldn’t go into detail,” he said. “I’m hoping that all six of them will be there in the same room at the same time. I don’t know if logistically we can pull that off.” NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy later confirmed that the each of the original six stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — will participate in the special in some form. The details, however, have not been revealed.
Friends will be one of six shows to feature a cast reunion on the special, but it is the first to be confirmed. Burrows is a television legend who recently directed his 1,000th episode for the NBC comedy Crowded. The 75-year-old director co-created Cheers and has directed episodes for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Night Court, Two and a Half Men, Will & Grace and many more.
Since its 2004 finale, there have been numerous false starts to full-cast Friends reunions, with at least one member of the original cast always missing. In 2014, Aniston, Cox and Kudrow all appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live as host Kimmel had the actresses read lines in a remake of character Monica’s famous apartment. On January 1st, 2015, Netflix added every episode of the show to its streaming catalog.