It's hard to believe it's been nearly 10 years since the hit NBC sitcom "Friends" went off the air. But if you're hoping for a reunion to commemorate the 10-year mark, you may be disappointed. In an interview with ABC News, actor Matthew Perry said, "I don't think so," when asked about a reunion of the famous "Friends" cast that included him and pals Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer.
"It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good," Perry said. "It was so terrific. If we did a movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it."
Perry has reason to be a little gun shy: His post-"Friends" resume includes several failed series, such as "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "Mr. Sunshine," and the recently canceled NBC comedy "Go On."
Still, everyone has a price -- we know the "Friends" do -- so could any of the ensemble cast be coerced into giving us a 10-year reunion?
During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Jennifer Aniston said a recent meetup with Perry and Cox had them all "very nostalgic." And of the possibility of a reunion, she added, "We miss working together and love each other, and it's a great thing to get to go back to your family like that and also know that people will love it."
Sounds promising, eh?
But don't get too excited. Series co-creator Marta Kauffman recently told E! News, "I'm going to clear this up right now. No! Not happening. 'Friends' was about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and once you have a family, there's no need anymore. I'd rather people go, 'Oh please, please!' than, 'Oh, I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.'"
Dang! Talk about a buzzkill. But let's not assume a reunion would be all that "horrible." While there have been some really bad TV reunions in the past -- everything from those "Gilligan's Island" rescue fake-outs to that really depressing "Brady Bunch" spinoff that had Bobby in a wheelchair and Marcia as an alcoholic -- there have been a few gems that had us remembering the good ol' days.
Back in 1986, it was a return to Mayberry, when Andrew Griffith and his gang reprised their "Andy Griffith Show" roles for the made-for-TV movie "Return to Mayberry." Corny? Perhaps. But even Ron Howard took time from his hot directorial career to be a part of the project. According to the New York Times, "Return to Mayberry" was the highest rated TV movie of 1986 and had the potential to be turned into a series, had "Matlock" not come calling.
Watch the whole movie here:
After their 2004 TV finale, the "Sex and the City" ladies reunited on the big screen for two movies. And while they should have stopped at one (sorry, "Sex and the City 2"), it was great to toast another round of cosmos (and Manolos)! As a bonus, the first flick ended with the long-suffering Carrie getting her happily ever after with Big -- err, after a brief jilting, that is.
Check out the clip:
And -- this is pure genius -- seven years after its cancellation by Fox, "Arrested Development" is back in development, with 15 new episodes airing on Netflix. In case you missed the opening weekend streaming bonanza, original cast members -- including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera -- are all back on board for the web series, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC the company is interested in acquiring even more episodes in the future -- if the cast is game. While numbers for the new "Arrested Development" episodes haven't been released, Hastings said, "It's been huge, just as we had hoped."
You can see a trailer touting the Bluth family's return now:
As for a "Friends" reunion, we'll never stop hoping for a change of tune, but for now, we'll have to settle for this:
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