Report: ‘Friends’ reunion special deal expected

A "Friends" reunion special is expected after cast members reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Warner Bros. Television, according to The Wall Street Journal.

All six of the “Friends” stars, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc, would receive between $2.2 million and $2.5 for the special.

The special is a retrospective with interviews with cast members, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter in November that all six cast members and the creators of the show had been discussing a reunion.

The sitcom, which aired from 1994 to 2004, was a popular rerun staple on Netflix until HBO Max outbid it to become the new “Friends” streaming home beginning this year. HBO Max is set to launch in May.

Despite the age of the “Friends,” it has spawned a devoted youthful viewership, especially among tween and teen girls who weren’t yet born when it went off the air in 2004.

In an era when everyone assumed they would move on to YouTube and Instagram video, young girls have embraced the series and its old-fashioned, studio audience, sitcom format, bingeing its 10 seasons on Netflix through their tablets and phones, wearing T-shirts with the show’s logo on them and constantly quoting catchphrases.

“It is old but you can’t tell that much when you’re watching,” said 15-year-old Sammy Joyce, of Long Beach, California. “It’s too funny to care about how old it is.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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