“Friends”: what we know about the special episode of May 27 with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber

The special episode of Friends, which will see the reunion of the six friends of the series after 17 years of absence, will be uploaded to the HBO Max platform on May 27 and will include a host of guests, including Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

The French broadcaster for this episode has not yet been announced.

The arrival of this episode was initially to correspond to the launch, at the end of May 2020, of the HBO Max platform, which acquired the entire catalog of Friends. But the pandemic had forced the production to postpone filming, which did not finally take place until last month, in Burbank, California.

In addition to the six main comedians of the series, this gala episode will also see many stars, from Canadian singer Justin Bieber to South Korean group BTS, via former footballer David Beckham and singer Lady Gaga, according to a statement. released Thursday.

HBO Max posted a trailer online Thursday, which is limited to a long shot of the six heroes of the series, from behind, walking. “The one where they meet” (The One Where They Get Back Together), says the title of the episode, using the wording similar to all the episodes of the series, which all started with “the one” (“The One“).

Series Friends (1994-2004) was a huge audience success and marked a generation of viewers. Its arrival on Netflix in 2015 allowed the platform to seduce a new audience, confirming the intact popularity of the sitcom, a genre that many said was on the decline.

In 2019, the WarnerMedia Group, a subsidiary of the AT&T Group, recovered the rights to broadcast the most popular sitcom of the past 20 years, for $ 425 million over five years. The 236 old episodes of Friends are already available on HBO Max since May 2020.

According to the site of the magazine Variety, the six historical actors, who are co-executive producers of the reunion episode, would have negotiated a fee of $ 2.5 million each for the filming of this single show.

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