The television world is abuzz with the impending “Friends” reunion planned for a special honoring the series director James Burrows, but which of “Friend” won’t be able to make it to the party?
E! News reported that Matthew Perry will not appear alongside Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.
Perry will be in London rehearsing for his play, “The End of Longing,” which begins previews on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
E! also revealed that Perry may still be part of the special honoring the sitcom director, but it would likely be by way of a taped message.
NBC’s Robert Greenblatt announced that the “Friends” cast would reunite at the end of February.
Greenblatt hoped that “all six of them will be in the same room at the same time, but I’m not sure we can logistically pull that off.”
For the special evening, not only will the cast of “Friends” reunite, so will the casts of “Will and Grace,” “Cheers,” “Taxi,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Frasier,” “Laverne and Shirley,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Sean Hayes, a star of “Will and Grace” is executive producing the special.
He remarked that the show will “honor the man who was responsible for some of the biggest shows in television history,” Hayes wrote on Facebook.
“I’m very excited to confirm that my company, Hazy Mills Productions, is producing a 2-hour tribute special for NBC to honor legendary television director, James Burrows, which will include the ultimate assembly of cast members. The casts of “Friends”, “Cheers”, “Will Grace”, “Taxi,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Bob Newhart Show” “Laverne Shirley,” “Frasier” and the pilot for “The Big Bang Theory” will all be appearing together to honor the man who was responsible for some of the biggest shows in television history. There will be other surprise guests as well. Stay tuned. There’s more info to come.”
The special is set to air Sunday, Feb. 21 on NBC.