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Friends reunion set for release: Here’s what we know

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It’s almost 17 years since pop culture’s six most-famous friends were together on a film set, but The One With The Reunion was finally shot last week.

The special one-off show brought together the sitcom’s original cast of Matthew Perry (Chandler), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and David Schwimmer (Ross).

Set to air on the HBO Max streaming service, the reunion was originally due to be filmed last August but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A broadcast date is yet to be announced but it’s expected to be over the next few months.\

Friends was the biggest sitcom of the 1990s, and has found a new generation of fans (and critics) thanks to re-runs and streaming services like Netflix.

The original cast are executive producers on the reunion, alongside show creators Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, with Ben Winston as director.

So, what did the gang get up to when they got back together? The exact details are a bigger secret than Phoebe’s green card marriage – but here’s everything that they don’t know that we know they know we know about the most exclusive catch-up in town.

Filming for the Friends special took take place on the show’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, California.

TMZ reports that while a live audience participated in the reunion, they were “mostly union extras, Covid screened and hired for the gig”, after the pandemic prevented fans from attending.

The revived set – partially based outdoors for Covid safety protocols – includes the iconic water fountain that the cast splashed around in during the show’s intro, sound-tracked by The Rembrandts’ theme tune, I’ll Be There For You.

It remains to be seen how many other props make an appearance, but pictures circulating on social media appear to show much-loved elements of Monica’s apartment, including the sofa and the empty picture frame on her door.

Chandler Bing was known for his cheeky, dry wit – and actor Matthew Perry was fully in character on Saturday when he posted – and then deleted – a photo of himself in a makeup chair, alongside the caption: “Seconds before eating a make up brush. Not to mention reuniting with my Friends.”

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