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Friends reunion for HBO Max to enforce strict COVID-19 precautions when it shoots next month

They will begin recording the highly anticipated Friends reunion special next month.

But there will be some strict conditions given the post COVID-19 world we all live in now, according to The mirror‘s sources on Saturday.

“There will be very strict guidelines and that will not include a live audience,” a source told the outlet.

Strings attached: There will be some strict conditions for the Friends reunion special given the post COVID-19 world we all live in now, according to The Mirror's sources on Saturday

Strings attached: There will be some strict conditions for the Friends reunion special given the post COVID-19 world we all live in now, according to The Mirror’s sources on Saturday

They added that “all cast will be tested for Covid-19 and asked to be quarantined separately after undergoing the tests.”

The special, which according to the Mirror ‘will be a mix of interviews and sketches’, will start in August with the recordings.

Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the TV series that aired from 1994 to 2004, said The Wrap Wednesday is the plan so far.

The reunion, which brings together Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc, would debut on HBO Max in May, but was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The day the laughter died: “There will be very strict guidelines and that doesn’t include a live audience,” a source told the outlet

A date is close: the highly anticipated Friends reunion special can begin shooting in August

She knows the details: Marta Kauffman, a writer and producer of the long-running TV series that aired from 1994 to 2004, told The Wrap on Wednesday that this is the plan so far.  Seen in Beverly Hills in 2019

She knows the details: Marta Kauffman, a writer and producer of the long-running TV series that aired from 1994 to 2004, told The Wrap on Wednesday that this is the plan so far.  Seen in Beverly Hills in 2019

She knows the details: Marta Kauffman, a writer and producer of the long-running TV series that aired from 1994 to 2004, told The Wrap on Wednesday that this is the plan so far. Seen in Beverly Hills in 2019

“We hope to be able to shoot in August when all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” said Kauffman.

This is after WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said in May, ‘If everything is there and we understand all the protocols and we can still make a good show, we’ll record it for a while, halfway through. until the end of August. ‘

Marta will be at the reunion with her co-creator of Friends David Krane, it has been reported.

Still close: “We hope to be able to shoot in August when all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” said Kauffman. Courteney, Jennifer and Lisa seen in November 2019

The reunion will be filmed on the original series’ Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio plot in Burbank.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to reveal in November that a reunion special is taking place on HBO Max.

All the main stars of the show return with series creators Crane and Kauffman.

Ready To Return To The Past: The reunion is being filmed on the original series' Stage 24 of the Warner Bros.  Studio plot in Burbank.  Seen during season one

Ready To Return To The Past: The reunion is being filmed on the original series' Stage 24 of the Warner Bros.  Studio plot in Burbank.  Seen during season one

Ready To Return To The Past: The reunion is being filmed on the original series’ Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio plot in Burbank. Seen during season one

The deals were finalized and the reunion special was officially announced in late February, confirming that the cast will be reuniting for an ‘untitled unscripted special’.

The special was supposed to help launch the HBO Max streaming service when it launched in May.

The streaming service runs all 236 episodes of Friends through the iconic 10-season run of the original sitcom.

Not happy with the pandemic: Aniston shared this aggressive post in May, where she told the virus to stop

Not happy with the pandemic: Aniston shared this aggressive post in May, where she told the virus to stop

Not happy with the pandemic: Aniston shared this aggressive post in May, where she told the virus to stop

WarnerMedia reportedly spent a whopping $ 425 million in five years to air the original series, surpassing Netflix.

Netflix previously spent between $ 80 million and $ 100 million on Friends’ streaming rights in 2019 alone.

Nielsen had previously reported that Friends was one of the most watched shows on Netflix, although they do not release official viewer data.

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