After several weeks of speculation, the future content platform HBO Max confirmed the return of “Friends” this Friday.
The six protagonists of “Friends,” the creators of the series and the Warner Bros. studios, have reached an agreement. To prepare this special together after several negotiations, according to sources cited by the specialized media The Hollywood Reporter.
Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry as well as the creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, they would have asked for this program twice the salary, they charged for each episode of the mythical series, an amount that the US media estimate will be around 2.5 or 3 million dollars.
Some interpreters of the series, such as Perry and Aniston, they confirmed the meeting on their Instagram profiles. The “Friends” will be shot in studio 24 of the Warner Bros headquarters in Burbank, California.
New Owner of the “Friends”
This program will be the cover letter for HBO Max, the new streaming service from WarnerMedia. It will have the broadcasting rights of “Friends,” which Netflix left.
So far, Netflix aired “Friends”. But Warner did not hesitate to spend more than $400 million this summer to recover and integrate it. As one of the diamonds of his future HBO Max service.
“Friends,” which premiered on September 22, 1994, ended in 2004 ten seasons of successes after 236 airing episodes starring Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer.
When social networks did not exist yet, and cell phones had not become popular, Chandler Bing, Phoebe Buffay, Monica Geller, Ross Geller, Rachel Green, and Joey Tribbiani were part of “Friends.” And in the series that in September 2019 turned 25 since its premiere, they coined memorable phrases and moments that are remembered today as if they had just happened yesterday.
They grew up with their fans, and for the generation that is now in their 40s and 50s, the “Friends” boys became an icon and a role model.
Many sitcoms tried to continue with the spirit of the Warner Channel series, but none reached its popularity. There is no country that does not identify the “I’ll be there for you” curtain and vibrate in every scene of the ten seasons.
Laughter laughs, and more laughs gave these New York friends who recorded most of the episodes in studios. Such was the popularity that each actor came to charge a million dollars per episode, something unthinkable for the 90s and early 2000.
But no doubt, no one will forget the icons like the Central Perk armchair, the turkey that Monica puts on her head, Phoebe’s guitar, or Janice’s “Oh, my God.”