TV-phenomenon ‘Friends’ actor David Schwimmer aka Ross Gellar revealed that the shooting of the ‘Friends reunion’ will begin in “little over a month”. According to HBO Max, the platform where the reunion will be put on, the reunion will be a one-off event that will be shot on the Warner Bros iconic Stage 24 where the original NBC series was taped.
The 54-year-old actor, who played New York-based paleontologist in the cult-classic sitcom, appeared on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy on Wednesday where he spilled the details of the Friends reunion fans have been waiting for.
“It’s happening. Actually, in a little over a month I’m heading out to LA,” said Schwimmer in his radio interview. The shooting for the reunion of Friends was scheduled to happen last year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unit had to take a break and wait for the world to come back to normalcy.
Schwimmer talked about the same in his interview and said, “So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there’s going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols.”
Fans of the classic 90s sitcom must remember that the reunion would not be a scripted episode where the actors play their assigned characters. The reunion in-fact would be an interview where the actors would go neck-deep about the phenomenon the show went on to become, their lives in and out of the show and other juicy details fans would love to catch on to.
As for who will be hosting the interview, Schwimmer in his interview was asked if Ellen DeGeneres was going to host the reunion. To this, the actor said it’s not likely that Ellen DeGeneres would be hosting the gig. “I can tell you it’s not Ellen, and it’s not Billy Crystal. I can tell you who it’s not, but that’ll take a while, probably,” Schwimmer said.
The reunion was first announced last year in February by HBO Max and was scheduled to premiere the same year in May. However, Jennifer Aniston, part of the main-star cast said, “Unfortunately it’s very sad that we had to move it again. It was, ‘How do we do this with live audiences?’ This is not a safe time. Period. That’s the bottom line. It’s not a safe time to do it’.” Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green in the show and the love interest of Ross Gellar was referring to the ongoing COVID-19 due to which countries were forced to go into the lockdown.
Aniston also added, “It’s going to be super. I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You’re stuck with us for life, guys.”
Friends made its debut 26 years ago in September 1994 on NBC. The show was not only responsible for changing the way American sitcoms were made but also responsible for turning its six stars –Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston into some of the highest-paid television actors.
The show lasted for 10 seasons and still ranks within the top 10 of the final television season ratings. The show reached the number-one spot during its eighth season. The show’s finale premiered in 2004 and was watched by over 50 million American viewers, and created the record of being the 5th most-watched series finale in the history of television. The show’s finale was also the most-watched television episode of the 2000s.
Through the entire course of its run, the show not only found its place in the hearts of people but also received critical acclaim. Friends was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmys and ended up winning the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series award for its 8th season in 2002.