‘Friends’: Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox Faced ‘Resistance’ to Their Reunion Series Pitch
Actors Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow are both known for starring in the long-running sitcom Friends. The two had an idea for a different kind of reunion series before the pending special became a reality. Learn more about it here.
Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox met on ‘Friends’
Friends kickstarted the careers of its six stars: Cox, Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. The show depicted the lives of the intertwined group of young adults as they navigate relationships, work dilemmas, and much more while living in Manhattan.
Cox portrayed Monica Gellar, a chef who inherited her grandmother’s apartment. Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow), her good friend and former roommate, is a massage therapist and aspiring musician with a difficult past.
They’ve remained close over the years
Since Friends came to an end in 2005, all of the primary actors have remained close. But it seems like the bond between Kudrow and Cox has been one of the strongest. They’ve met up on their own terms, attended events together, and even made appearances in one another’s TV projects.
First, Cox played one of Fiona Wallice’s patients on an episode of her web series Web Therapy in 2009. Then, Kudrow returned the favor and guest starred in an episode of Cox’s sitcom Cougar Town. But through all this, the reunion fans really wanted never came.
The ‘Friends’ reunion has been postponed
And they’re going to have to wait a little longer. Amid the show’s 25th anniversary, rumors of Friends reunion began to heavily circulate in late 2019. They were confirmed in February 2020, with all six cast members signing on for an unscripted reunion special. But then, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in May 2020, Kudrow said she “was getting nervous” even before the stay-at-home order came. “We were really trying to be able to do it as soon as we could,” she said. Kudrow also talked about the possibility of squeezing the taping in before another wave hits. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she added.
Cox and Kudrow pitched a watch series
The reunion special is set to be an unscripted chat of sorts. This may have disappointed some fans, who wanted to see where the characters are today. And while that isn’t something that’s in the cards right now, Kudrow and Cox did have another idea a couple of years ago: A Friends watch series, hosted by them.
“The basic notion was: You like watching Friends, watch it with us. I think that’s fun,” said Kudrow. However, they “couldn’t get it off the ground.” When prompted that they should try pitching it again, Kudrow said, “Yeah, well, we’ll see. There’s some resistance from entities you can’t ignore.”
Kudrow says the reunion special could be different
Given everything that’s occurring in the world, there’s a chance that the Friends reunion special could look different than originally planned. Kudrow rebuffed the idea that it would be a virtual get together. She does hope they’ll be able to take the proper precautions, saying, “If everyone’s tested and clean, then we don’t have to be 6 feet apart.”
The other concern about the special moving forward? Having a live audience. All of the cast members participated in the All In Challenge, where fans were able to enter to win a spot and get to meet all of the Friends. There’s no word yet on when and how this will occur.