Jump back to second gear, everyone! The entire cast of Friends is officially and finally reuniting in a two-hour NBC event honoring TV director James Burrows, who recently directed his 1000th episode of television last year (as well as 15 episodes of Friends), TVLine.com reports.
The special, airing February 21 on NBC, will also include reunions and stars from Burrows other successful shows, including Emmy-magnet Frasier, Will & Grace and Taxi as well as The Big Bang Theory and the recently-canceled Mike & Molly.
While the format of the event has yet to be revealed—TVLine.com hints at a SNL 40-style sketch show—I hope it re-visits our favorite Friends nearly 12 years after their iconic series finale. Here’s what I imagine happens to the six BFFs who found love and some success in the Big Apple…
Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston)
Though Rachel declined her fancy Paris position at Louis Vuitton to stay in New York with her Ross, she lands a high-powered job with Diane von Furstenberg and quickly works her way up the social circuit in Manhattan. She soon gets cast on a reality show about sexy and successful New York City Housewives. Rachel’s fame is short-lived as she leaves after having her second child—a son named Grayson. She parlays her chic pregnancy style and reality TV fame into her own couture maternity and children's clothing line.
Monica Geller-Bing (Courteney Cox)
When raising twins in the suburbs and working long hours at the restaurant in the city becomes too stressful, Monica decides to be the most organized stay-at-home mother and PTA member in Westchester. As soon as her kids start school, so she opens Monica’s, an artisanal coffee shop and bakery, complete with oversized mugs, open mic night and a very special orange couch.
Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow)
Ever the oddball, Phoebe impulsively buys an abandoned sex toy factory and remodels it into an eclectic home—there’s a slide between floors, natch—and a music school for Mike. Phoebe soon discovers she is pregnant with twin girls. She worries about how she will explain checkered rags-to-inherited-riches story and her estranged relationship with her own twin sister, so she writes child-friendly version called "Phoebe’s Fables." After getting rave reviews and some much-needed censoring advice from friends, she and Mike produce an animated web series with an insanely passionate following.
Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc)
Joey struggles for years to find his big break in Los Angeles with no luck. Missing his friends back east, Joey fights for and lands the lead in The Divine Detective, a campy TV procedural about a fallen angel who solves crimes, simply because it films in New York City. The show is a sleeper hit! Joey spends so much time with The Bings (yes, he has his own suite over the garage), he ends up falling for their hot divorcee who frequents Monica’s coffee shop and dinner parties. While they never marry, they have four genetically-blessed kids. Joey insists on taking the role of the motion-captured dragon in the live-action adaptation of Phoebe’s Fables, and wins the Oscar over Leonardo DiCaprio—shocking everyone but Chandler...and Leo.
Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry)
Chandler embraces being a father and an ad man. Now that he finally has a career and family he loves, he soon becomes a sough-after advertising executive. He hosts Daddy’s Nights at Monica’s, and even joins a neighborhood bowling league. But he refrains from coaching any of his kids’ sports because Monica begs him not to. Could he BE any happier?
Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)
Ross and Rachel get married a year after reuniting in a posh black tie ceremony in which Marcel the monkey is the ring-bearer, and Sting performs. Joey’s Hollywood connections help him nab his dream job as a paleontology consultant on Jurassic World, where designs new species of fictional dinosaurs for the film and video games.
Now a husband and father of three, Ross retires the nickname “The Divorcer” and adopts “Dino-mite!”
Update: Matthew Perry will not be in attendance for the 'Friends' reunion as he will be in London rehearsing for his play, The End Of Longing. Damn it, Chandler!
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