Friends: Marta Kauffman Says Reunion Won’t Film Without Live Audience

Friends fans will have to wait a little more for the reunion special episode. It seems like a long wait as the iconic sitcom’s co-creator Marta Kauffman has announced the team plans to go forward with the filming only when the live audience can be involved.

All six legendary cast members – David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, and Lisa Kudrow – are set to feature in the special reunion episode for HBO Max.

The reunion was initially scheduled to be delivered on the streaming platform on May 27, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We all want it to happen. We have to wait until it is safe. This is a show that is not scripted. We are going to need a live audience. A live audience is really is a huge part of what ‘Friends’ is. We cannot do it without them”, Kauffman told Entertainment Tonight.

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The special was confirmed in February, and earlier this month, an HBO Max insider told Variety that the pandemic-induced lockdown had forced the producers to push the production to later this year.

Talking to Jimmy Falon on Monday, David said,  “It’s supposed to happen maybe in August — the middle of August.” “But honestly, we’re going to wait and see another week or two if we all determine it’s really safe enough to do. And if not, then we’ll wait until it’s safe.” he further added.

Ben Winston will direct and produce alongside Friends creators Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright. It will be shot at the iconic Stage 24 of the Warner Bros Studio in Burbank, where the original series, from 1994 to 2004, was filmed.

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