The special episode of “Friends”, which will see the series’ Six Friends meet after 17 years of absence, will be uploaded to HBO Max on May 27 and feature a host of guests, including Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
The French broadcaster has not been announced for this episode.
The arrival of this episode initially coincided with the launch of the HBO Max platform at the end of May 2020, which acquired the entire “Friends” catalog.
But the pandemic forced production to delay filming, which didn’t finally happen until last month, in Burbank, California.
In addition to the series’ six main comedians, this ceremonial episode will also see many stars, from Canadian singer Justin Bieber to South Korean group BTS, via former soccer player David Beckham and singer Lady Gaga, according to a statement released Thursday.
HBO Max posted a trailer online Thursday, limited to a long shot of the series’ six heroes, from behind, as they walk. The title of the episode says “The One Where They Back Together”, using similar wording for all episodes of the series, which all begin with “The One”).
The series “Friends” (1994-2004) was a huge audience hit and saw a generation of viewers.
Its arrival on Netflix in 2015 allowed the platform to seduce a new audience, confirming the healthy popularity of the sitcom, a genre that many have said is in decline.
In 2019, the WarnerMedia Group, a subsidiary of AT&T, restored the broadcast rights to the most popular sitcom of the past 20 years, for $ 425 million over five years.
The 236 old episodes of Friends are already available on HBO Max since May 2020.
According to Variety magazine’s website, the six historic actors, who are executive producers participating in the episode of Reunion, negotiated a fee of $ 2.5 million each to portray that solo show.