'Friends' Will Reunite in New Special, With All Episodes Streaming on HBO Max

Legendary sitcom "Friends" will return with a new special in May, HBO Max confirmed on Friday, with the reunion and the show's entire back catalogue to be available on the coming streaming service.

The unscripted special will include all six main cast members—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman also signed on, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The six main cast members will be paid between $2.5 million and $3 million for the reunion special, according to The Reporter. As in the show's original run when they secured a historic $1 million per episode deal, the six negotiated together.

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together," said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV. "I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation."

Reilly said he hoped the show's return would recapture the series' appeal and spirit, "uniting original and new fans."

The stars confirmed the special on Instagram, with Perry—who played Chandler Bing—writing simply, "It's happening," alongside a promotional photo from the original series. His fellow cast members then shared the post.

WarnerMedia Entertainment's HBO Max platform will launch in May, charging $15 per month. Existing HBO and AT&T premium video, mobile, and broadband packages subscribers will get access to the service with no extra charge.

HBO Max has agreed to pay $425 million across five years to win the streaming rights for 'Friends,' according to The Reporter. The 10-season show was on Netflix until the beginning of this year, but the streaming giant was outbid by WarnerMedia.

"Friends" aired from 1994 until 2004, becoming one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed comedy series in television history. The final episode was the most watched of the 2000s, with 52.5 million viewers.

Like "Seinfeld" and "The Office," "Friends" has been given a new lease of life by its inclusion on major streaming platforms. It was Netflix's second most popular show in the U.S. in 2018, and is one of the most high-profile projects confirmed for HBO Max.

The platform will launch with 10,000 hours of programming and plans to introduce 50 original series within its first year of service.

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