Nothing excites people like the possibility of the cast of Friends, a sitcom that ended in 2004, being in the same place at the same time. In effect, reuniting.
Whether it be preposterous movie rumours or special TV reunion episode rumours, the merest suggestion of a hint of a whiff of a chance of the prospect of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe being in the same vicinity turns people into Paul Dano from There Will Be Blood. They start speaking in tongues, talking about smelly cats, and become dangerously delirious with anticipation.
And it’s happening again.
You see, there’s going to be this two-hour tribute to James Burrows, who directed 15 episodes of the show, along with episodes of Cheers, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi and Frasier, and the six actors – David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow – are going to be a part of it in some way, according to TVLine.com. It will be taped in January and air on 21 February on NBC in the US.
Mind you, the Friends gang will also be joined by the casts of Will & Grace, Taxi and Cheers, but literally no one cares if those losers get back together. No one.
But here’s the thing: it might not even happen!
“I’m hoping all six of them will be all in the same room at the same time, but I’m not sure if we can logistically pull that off,” said NBC Entertainment Chair Bob Greenblatt.
Oh, you’re not sure, Bob? You’re not sure? Well you GET sure! Because people are counting on this. Look at how happy they are!
Now, while there’s no reason this couldn’t happen, it should be pointed out that FRRs (Friends Reunion Reports) are usually followed by FRDs (Friends Reunion Denials).
So, there was no movie. No TV reunion special. And some fan made up a fake reunion poster and was forced to apologise when everyone thought it was real and got angry when it wasn’t.
Why? Because no one involved wants it to happen. The creators have moved on. The cast has definitely moved on - when Princes William and Harry asked Matt LeBlanc about a reunion, he told them to fuck off. (He didn’t, but when he told the story you could tell he wanted to.)
And then comes the sadness…
Not that everyone's all that invested...
And some blame the whole thing on white people.
And some people are downright harsh.
Not Matt LeBlanc, though. He seems to be looking forward to it.
And then there’s Yahoo!, who, in their excitement to proclaim that “Jimmy Fallon Hosted An Impromptu ‘Friends Reunion On ‘The Tonight Show’ Last Night And It Was Everything”, managed to put up an 11-second clip of emergency vehicles in Manhattan.
And it indeed was everything.
So why all the drooling? I don’t know. I never thought the show was that amazing. But according to this, it might have something to do with Friends being a show about people who like each other, which is rare in comedies.
This has some other reasons, but I couldn’t understand a word of it.
See you at the reunion!