Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc are seen in the course of the “Mates” reunion. Courtesy of HBO Max
Might 26, 2021
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – From “Smelly Cat” as to whether Rachel and Ross have been “on a break,” the “Mates” reunion on Thursday takes followers of the hit TV comedy collection on a sentimental journey down reminiscence lane.
“Mates: The Reunion” brings stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc again to the set for a tearful get-together 17 years after the ultimate episode of the present in regards to the lives of 20Somethings in New York.
A slew of visitor stars starting from Justin Bieber to Woman Gaga and soccer star David Beckham take part for the 105-minute particular, hosted by James Corden, on HBO Max. The present options bloopers, a trivia quiz, reminiscences from the present’s creators and a few surprises.
A reboot of the collection itself, or a film, just isn’t deliberate. All six actors are actually of their 50s.
“They ended the present very properly,” mentioned Kudrow, referring to the 2004 finale when the characters moved out of their Greenwich Village residences for brand spanking new grownup lives. “I don’t need anybody’s comfortable ending to be unraveled.”
“It was life altering, and it eternally will likely be. Not only for us however for the individuals who watch it, and that’s such an awesome feeling to hold eternally,” mentioned Cox.
“Mates,” which started in 1994, was the top-rated comedy in the US for six years and aired in additional than 200 nations. The finale was watched by some 52 million People, eight million greater than watched the Oscar ceremony that 12 months.
Re-runs gave the comedy a brand new life and a brand new era of followers, and streaming platforms prolonged it.
Aniston recalled being informed when she was solid as spoiled Rachel Inexperienced that “Mates” was “not going to make you a star.”
After the primary couple of seasons, the six beforehand unknown actors had change into family names in addition to real pals.
“No-one was going via what we have been going via, besides the opposite 5,” mentioned Schwimmer of the sudden fame. “Our household couldn’t relate, our closest pals couldn’t relate… however the one different individuals who actually knew what it was like have been the opposite 5.”
HBO Max, which hopes the particular will drive subscriptions to its year-old streaming platform, is holding outside screenings of the reunion particular in Los Angeles and New York Metropolis, in addition to a live-streamed on-line occasion for followers.
The particular additionally will likely be proven on native shops in nations together with India, the U.Ok., Australia, Taiwan and far of Europe.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Enhancing by David Gregorio)