‘Friends’ cast set to pay tribute to director James Burrows in NBC special

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Members of the 'Friends' cast will reunite to honor TV director James Burrows

The Hollywood Reporter  — 

The cast of Friends is reuniting on NBC… sort of.

At Wednesday’s NBC appearance at the Television Critics Association, network entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt said that the network is busy readying a primetime special to celebrate iconic TV director James Burrows timed to his 1000th episode behind the camera. Among the many past Burrows collaborators planned for the special are Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

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“I shouldn’t go into detail,” Greenblatt said, when asked if the appearance was a legitimate reunion of all six actors filming at the same time. “I’m hoping that all six of them will be there in the same room at the same time. I don’t know, logistically, if we can pull that off.”

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NBC unscripted czar Paul Telegdy, who’s involved in the project, was quick to add that all six would be participating in some manner.

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Burrows, whose career spans “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will & Grace,” directed 15 episodes of “Friends” over the series 10-season run.