Good news, "Friends" fans. It appears the entire cast will participate in the show's unofficial reunion in an upcoming hourlong special on NBC honoring legendary director James Burrows. It was previously reported that Matthew Perry, who played Chandler on the hit '90s sitcom, would not be appearing on the show, but new reports suggest he's found a way in after all.
While Perry, 46, who is currently in London doing a play, will not be physically present during the special, he will be featured. According to TV Line, the actor has arranged to have a pre-taped segment edited into the show so he can share his fond memories of working with Burrows, 75, along with his "Friends" co-stars. The other five members of the cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — along with other actors who knew and worked closely with Burrows, will be taping the NBC special this weekend. According to the publication, the show will reunite the casts of several shows Burrows worked on. Stars from popular series like "Cheers," "Frasier," "Will & Grace" and more will be coming together to celebrate the esteemed director's many achievements.
On Jan. 13, it was reported that the entire cast of "Friends" would be coming together. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he was doing his very best to get all the popular "Friends" actors to be present for filming. At the time of his announcement, he confirmed that all six "Friends" stars would be participating in the special, though he did not state in what capacity. Greenblatt was hopeful, however, that they'd be able to get everyone in the same room.
Perry's inability to physically attend the taping supports previous claims made by Courtney Cox, who played Monica Geller on the sitcom, during an interview with David Letterman in 2014. Cox, 51, claimed she'd made several attempts to get everyone of her former co-stars together for dinner but was unsuccessful. She told Letterman, 68, that everyone is just too busy and too scattered.
The Burrows-centered special is slated to air Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.