Report: Full Cast of ‘Friends’ Reaches Agreement With Warner Bros. TV for Reunion Special on HBO Max
The road to a “Friends” reunion special has been a bumpy one, but now it seems the full cast, along with Warner Bros. TV, have finally found a middle ground that they’re happy with. Deadline reported that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry have reached “an agreement in principle” with the studio to do an hour-long, unscripted reunion special to help launch HBO Max.
Budget for the reunion special is reported to be in the $20 million range, with each cast member getting between $3 million to $4 million for appearing in the special, Deadline also reported. The special is also expected to see involvement from co-creators/executive producers Marta Kauffman and David Crane.
The “Friends” reunion is expected to lure viewers to HBO Max, since the original show was a hit on Netflix. Last July, WarnerMedia announced “Friends” would leave Netflix come January 2020 and the company reportedly shelled out $425 million for rights to the sitcom.
HBO Max launches in May 2020 and will be $14.99 per month. Those with HBO Now or those who get HBO through AT&T or DirecTV will automatically get HBO Max at no extra charge.
HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home for all episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as well as “Pretty Little Liars.” Those shows will join The CW originals starting with “Batwoman” and “Riverdale” spinoff “Katy Keene.” The CW’s streaming deal with Netflix expired in May. Current CW series already streaming on Netflix (like “Riverdale” and “The Flash”) will continue to do so until they wrap their runs.