The cast of Friends have reportedly recorded a 90-minute special.
An unscripted reunion special of the hit sitcom was expected to launch alongside new streaming service HBO Max next month. It was originally set to be filmed in March, before had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But before the shutdown, Courteney Cox and director Ben Winston reportedly filmed a "mock rehearsal" of the show over Zoom, with the ambition of releasing it before the reunion airs.
A show insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "As soon as filming was cancelled, everyone started panicking as it took so long to get their schedules to align, there was a deep fear it may take a year or even longer to get them all back together again.
"Courtney immediately set up a Zoom meeting for them and they all logged on to discuss ideas — brain-storming and bringing in the producers for a session which they called a mock rehearsal and chatted for almost two hours.
"They've been having daily meetings and Jen [Aniston] — who has the busiest schedule of the six — has assured them she'll do whatever she can to ensure they don't have to wait months to get the reunion filmed.
"Their Zoom sessions have been brilliant fun, and there's some hilarious material on there which they hope can be aired as either a series of teasers, or even a stand-alone special."
All of the show's original cast — including Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — have agreed to appear in the reunion special.
According to Indiewire, the highly-anticipated project — which reportedly cost US$20 million (S$28 mil) to produce — has been indefinitely put on hold due to the current global health crisis. Work will resume once the coronavirus-related shutdowns end. — BANG
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