Fans of "Friends" were overjoyed to hear that HBO Max was working on the long-awaited reunion. Right before Christmas, chief executive Bob Greenblatt announced that HBO Max would mainly focus on the reunion after acquiring the licensing rights from Netflix.
Unfortunately, Greenblatt has taken back his statement and broken the hearts of the "Friends" following. As eager as HBO Max and its subscribers are for the cash cow that is a "Friends" reunion, the cast has to be on board and willing.
Jennifer Aniston is a great supporter of a "Friends" reunion often saying to press that "anything is possible". She's still good friends with her old cast members and consistently meets up with them.
However, Aniston has her hands full with projects, not only acting but now producing her own work. Receiving award nominations for her Apple TV series "The Morning Show" things are picking up quickly. This year she's preparing production for "The Fixer" and another untitled project. Way to go, Jen!
HBO Max Won't Pay
The "Friends" cast is famous for one of the first times in television history that all the leads banded together to demand equal pay and raises. Because of this initiative, they were all paid 1 million dollars an episode by their last season. Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow were made the highest-paid TV actresses of all time.
Negotiations for salary with HBO Max probably did not go well. This cast knows their worth and won't settle for less.
It Won't Feel The Same
The great appeal of "Friends" is the nostalgia it provides for everyone who watched it on television two decades ago. Moreover, millennials fans enjoy the vintage feel of the show, now basing current fashion on "Friends" costumes and styles from the nineties.
Translate the audience's love for grainy taping into a modern-day set with current clothing...the show loses its magic. Much like other show reunions, i.e. Gilmore Girls, fans might be disappointed with production value and lack of nineties environment.
There's no indication that original creators David Krane and Marta Kaufman would want to join the reunion. More importantly, the writers HBO Max would hire might not be the same writer's room altogether.
"Friends" is so iconic because very few shows before it were as funny, real, or relevant. It commented on the hilarity of misery while living in New York City, plus maneuvering love and friendship.
Would a reunion do "Friends" justice? Or would it just recycle the best moments? The world might never know.