Friends fans are about to get the reunion they’ve been waiting for – but it might not be the one they wanted.

‘Friends’ Reunion

Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc could soon all be seen together for the first time in a long time, though not as their beloved Friends characters. The gang is getting back together again for a two-hour special on NBC that is honoring legendary comedy director James Burrows, reported Entertainment Weekly.

Burrows directed a total of 15 episodes of Friends, including the show’s pilot. He’s also been at the helm of episodes of Taxi, The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, Frasier, Caroline in the City, Will & Grace and Mike & Molly. Recently, Burrows shot his 1,000th episode of TV.

It was announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday that all six of the original stars of Friends were on board to appear during the special. However, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt couldn’t say for certain whether or not they would all be in the same room at the same time.

“I’m hoping that all six of them will be in the same room at the same time,” he told reporters. “But I’m not sure we can logistically pull that off.”

Past efforts to bring Rachel (Aniston), Ross (Schwimmer), Monica (Cox), Chandler (Perry), Phoebe (Kudrow) and Joey (LeBlanc) together have always fallen short of a complete Friends reunion, with one or more of the stars backing out for one reason or another.

The special, which will hopefully pull off the impossible with a full-fledged Friends reunion, will air Sunday, Feb. 21 on NBC.

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