They will be there for you! It seems that the cast of Friends will officially fulfill the promise of its theme song.
HBO Max announced that the meeting of Friends It has long been rumored that this is officially happening and will air on May 27th later this month.
The cast will be filming at the show’s original location, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.
The hour-long special isn’t filmed the traditional way of the show, however, but rather an “unwritten celebration of real life,” according to HBO Max.
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And maybe that’s better for the cast, who raise millions to play themselves on screen.
according to The Hollywood ReporterEach member of the original cast will receive between $ 2.5 million and $ 3 million for the reunion special.
diversity He also reported that every actor would make “at least $ 2.5 million”.
This one-hour appearance is more than double what the cast made per episode in the last seasons of the series. That was about $ 85,000 to $ 1 million per episode.
But the special thing Friends It won’t just contain the original cast.
HBO Max also announced the well-known guest stars who will perform throughout the show.
We need a bigger couch. Experience these special guest appearances in the #FriendsReunion Streaming May 27th on HBO max. pic.twitter.com/1VVYCdtpqv
– HBO Max (@hbomax) May 13, 2021From activist Malala Yousafza to Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber, there won’t be a shortage of entertainment throughout the night, though it’s unclear how much each guest star makes per appearance.
HBO Max is also running a promotion for the show’s superfans, which will take place on May 26, the day before the specials.
The company will be running a sweepstakes through its social channels using the hashtag #SuperFriendsFan, which will allow applicants to participate in an exclusive screening with “Pre-Show Entertainment” in New York and Los Angeles prior to the show’s release for HBO Max, along with “Pre-Show Entertainment” subscribers.
“I became aware of Friends when it was in the early stages of development and then many years later I had the opportunity to work on the show and I loved that it caught up with viewers generation after generation,” said HBO Max’s chief content officer. Kevin. Said Reilly earlier this year. “It ties in with an era where friends – and audiences – came together in real time, and we believe this special get-together will capture that spirit and bring together original and new fans.”
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It’s been a great year for HBO Max, debuting to viewers in May 2020.
In the first quarter of this year alone, the streaming service saw an increase of 2.7 million subscribers, which helped WarnerMedia’s total subscription income grow to $ 3.8 billion in one year (nearly 13% year over year) .
HBO Max announced that it has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to Friends last July from Netflix, where the show was only to run until the end of 2019.
The acquisition reportedly cost HBO Max around $ 85 million each year in a five-year deal totaling $ 425 million.
Netflix originally bought the broadcast rights to the show for $ 100 million in 2015.