'Friends' Cast Set to Pay Tribute to Director James Burrows in NBC Special

NBC chief Bob Greenblatt announced the reunion of sorts, timed to the industry icon's 1000th episode of TV.
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The cast of Friends is reuniting on NBC ... sort of.

At Wednesday's NBC appearance at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, 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.

“I shouldn’t go into detail," Greenblatt said when asked if the special would be a legitimate reunion of all six former Friends actors 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.”

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

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

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