Delayed ‘Pals’ reunion holding out for dwell viewers over distant occasion

FILE PHOTO: The solid of “Pals” seems within the photograph room on the 54th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 22, 2002. From the left are, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc. REUTERS/Mike Blake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Followers could have to attend till the autumn for the “Pals” reunion particular as HBO Max executives are holding out hopes of filming it earlier than a dwell viewers somewhat than capturing the much-anticipated get collectively remotely with stars beneath quarantine.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Leisure, which is launching the HBO Max streaming service on Could 27, mentioned on Monday he thought it was price ready till the one-off unscripted present may very well be filmed in a conventional manner.

The reunion, dreamed of by followers for years, was speculated to have helped launch HBO Max, however the coronavirus epidemic shut down manufacturing throughout Hollywood earlier than it may very well be filmed.

“We’re holding out to have the ability to get this particular accomplished hopefully by the tip of the summer season. We do suppose there’s a price to having a raucous dwell viewers expertise these six nice pals coming again collectively,” Greenblatt advised Hollywood outlet Selection in an interview.

“We didn’t need to simply do it immediately on an online name, or six squares and other people capturing from their kitchens and bedrooms,” Greenblatt added.

Reveals akin to “Saturday Night time Dwell” and a reunion of “Parks and Recreation” have put collectively episodes by recording stars of their houses.

“Pals,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, led to 2004 after 10 years, nevertheless it stays one of the vital widespread reveals in re-runs.

“If this (coronavirus) goes on indefinitely, we could go the digital route,” Greenblatt mentioned. “However in the intervening time we are attempting to look to the longer term and get this factor accomplished in a extra standard manner.

“If we launch it within the fall, I believe it will likely be one thing that may have the viewers trying ahead to,” he added.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot

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