The long-awaited Friends reunion which was postponed in April due to the coronavirus pandemic is set to begin filming in August. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live) on The Tonight Show, main cast member David Schwimmer (Madagascar, Band of Brothers) shared the news that filming of the reunion would initiate in August, depending on coronavirus related restrictions, according to CNN.
The 90s sitcom, set in New York, ran for 10 seasons from 1994-2004 and starred Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show, Ferris Bueller) as Rachel Green, Courtney Cox (Cougar Town, Scream) as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry (17 Again, Fools Rush In) as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback, Web Therapy) as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc (Joey, Top Gear) as Joey Tribbiani, and Schwimmer as Ross Geller. The series followed the group of friends as they helped each other navigate the unforgiving yet hilarious shenanigans their characters got into each week.
The reunion special has been long anticipated by fans and was just confirmed by HBO Max in February. While plans for filming were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, plans were still in motion to make the special happen. In his interview with Fallon, Schwimmer mentions that the reunion show will be unscripted and will consist of an interview with some unclear “surprise bits” to it.
Schwimmer also clarifies that “[Filming] is supposed to happen maybe in August, the middle of August, but honestly, we’re going to hit and see another week or two if we all determine it’s really safe enough to do, and if not, we’ll wait until it’s safe,” via CNN.
Part of Schwimmer’s interview with Fallon can be watched below.