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Courteney Cox Has Some Strong Thoughts on The 'Friends' Reunion

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By Desmund Ullrich

In January 2018, the 'Friends' Movie teaser trailer surfaced online with the title "The One With The Reunion" from the youtube channel Smasher, featuring the original cast of the show and instantly went viral. Though fans have long awaited the 'Friends' reunion, this teaser turned out to be promotional with no plans of filming. Over the years there have been so many off again and on again reunion announcements, false alarms, and teasers that no one has known what to believe.

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That was until Courteney Cox shared some intimate details about what’s in the works for the cast during her latest interview on E! Entertainment News.

Courteney Cox, known as the 'Friends' character Monica Geller, joined Kevin Nealon for his web series, Hiking with Kevin. According to Cox, the special will be a taping of a roundtable-style discussion of the show similar to the likes of ‘The Real Housewives’ reunion shows. Fans have shown their disappointment, hoping for an actual reunion episode. Hopefully, this leads them to grant that wish, filling the 16-year gap since the show ended in May of 2004.

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Fan disappointment aside, Cox does show some excitement. “It's going to be great," she said. "But we really haven't all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. It's gonna be fantastic."

The 'Friends' reunion will be taped on the original stage at Warner Bros Studios. The special will feature Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry, alongside creators and executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

The special will be accompanied by the re-release of 'Friends' on its first streaming platform since licensing rights were moved from Netflix to WarnerMedia.

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Netflix originally paid a whopping $100 million for the rights to stream 'Friends' on their platform and it was the second most-streamed show in 2018 - behind ‘The Office’ of course.

The show is still a fandom crazed with memorabilia, nationwide copycat ‘Perk’ themed cafés, and numerous trivial bar events. 'Friends' also has a massive following on Wikipedia’s fan-based, forum-style social media platform ‘Fandom’.

Even with such a cult following, the ability to stream the show has been temporarily halted. According to the 'Friends' Fandom website, the popular 90s show is in syndication on over fifty networks worldwide but was removed from Netflix at the beginning of this year.

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WarnerMedia outbid Netflix for the rights to the TV show in July and won’t be on a streaming platform until May 2020. All 236 episodes will be available on HBO Max, the streaming service from AT&T’s WarnerMedia Entertainment. If you thought $100 million was a steep number, the licensing rights climbed to around $400 to $500 million in its last trade.

In the meantime, the ‘'Friends'’ box sets are hot commodities on online trading platforms. Unfortunately, the same will happen to ‘The Office’ next year.

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