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Friends cast to reunite for NBC special in February

By Shawn Price   |   Jan. 14, 2016 at 12:12 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The cast of the former hit comedy Friends will be getting together again, but only for one night.

NBC said Wednesday the entire cast of the long-running sitcom will appear for a special honoring sitcom director James Burrows' long career, but they might not all be in the same place.

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A special on NBC will feature Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, but it's likely they will be in different segments from different cities.

"I shouldn't go into detail," NBC's Robert Greenblatt said at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour. "I'm hoping that all six of them will be in the same room at the same time, but I'm not sure we can logistically pull that off."

Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th TV episode, has a career that stretches back to the 1970s when he helmed such hits as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley and Taxi, but since then, directed episodes of Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, NewsRadio and Mike and Molly, as well as 15 episodes of Friends during it's 10-year run.

Members of the casts of those shows are expected participate for the NBC special. Sean Hayes of Will & Grace is producing and is also expected to appear.

Burrows has reunited with some of his "Friends" before : Aniston celebrated previous milestones with him in 2013 and the director appeared as himself in Kudrow's HBO comedy The Comeback.

But, as has been made clear before by Friends co-creator Marta Kaufman, fans "have to let it go. It'll never happen—not happening!" she told E! News in 2015 about any kind of show revival.

Of course, the cast is still tight and do reunite for private functions, like Aniston's wedding.

The Burrows special will shoot in Los Angeles this month and air on NBC at 9 p.m., Feb. 21.

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