‘Friends’ meeting set to start production by mid-August amid pandemic, production company says

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The long-awaited “Friends” meeting is expected to start very soon.

The HBO Max special has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but in a new interview production company Fulwell 73 said it was ready to start.

Fulwell 73 partner Leo Pearlman and senior management Carly Shackleton told Deadline on Friday that filming is scheduled to take place within the next two weeks and the reunion will be led by Fulwell 73 partner Ben Winston.

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“We’re very excited for this,” Pearlman said.

But don’t expect a live studio audience. “We’re assuming that even 2021 doesn’t have an audience we’re used to for any of the shows we do. If that changes, then so much the better, ”he added. “The only way it changes is if you have a vaccine.”

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani
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The “Friends” meeting was originally scheduled to be recorded in April and aired in May.
but the pandemic has suspended all plans.

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At the end of July, David Schwimmer (aka Ross Geller) gave an update on the shoot. “I can tell you that we hope to shoot [the reunion] in August, mid-August, but honestly we’ll do it when it’s safe, ”Schwimmer told Entertainment Tonight.

The 53-year-old added: “There has always been a hope that a component of this reunion show will have a live audience, which makes it really tricky. We are obviously not going to risk anyone’s health by doing this.

Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani.

Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani.
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The cast on the show have all made it clear that they want to film her in person after rumors circulated about doing it virtually.

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“We haven’t really talked about doing it remotely,” Lisa Kudrow told reporters while promoting her Netflix special. “I mean, it was an immediate ‘no’ if that was brought up. It’s not that. We don’t do it remotely. ”

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