It sounds like it’s more than a break for ‘Friends.’ Co-creator Marta Kauffmann just revealed that while yes, she will be at the NBC special, it’s not a reunion — and there’s no reboot coming . . . ever.
Friends changed the life of so many people and with the cast (minus Matthew Perry) heading to the James Burrows tribute on NBC, many thought that this meant the show could be making a comeback. We do live in the world of remakes and reboots — see Fuller House, The X-Files, etc. — but that doesn’t mean that Central Perk is reopening. In fact, it’s really not. Like, ever.
“For me, why go back to that territory again?” Marta Kauffmann told reporters after the Grace and Frankie panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, when asked about a possible reboot. “I get to do [on Grace & Frankie] what I loved about Friends, which is, make a show that’s got some hope and joy to it and explore something completely new. That was about a certain time in your life, and I had just left [the] Friends time of my life. This is about the time of my life I’m looking toward.”
During the panel, she was also asked about a possible movie — you know, like Brothers and Sisters may be one day. “I will say, there will never be a Friends reunion movie,” Marta responded. Well okay then!
As for the NBC special honoring Jimmy Burrows, she reiterated that while five of the six of the original cast will be there, “it is not a Friends reunion.” She will attend the special to honor the director of 15 Friends episodes, including the 1994 pilot episode. Unfortunately, Matthew Perry will not be there but will introduce the cast via satellite as he’ll be in London for a show. Watch Friends now!
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