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Since Friends ended its run more than a decade ago, a reunion has been the unicorn of television — that is, unlikely to happen, yet high in the hopes of the American public. Against all odds, however, today was the day we got a glimpse of said mythical creature, and predictably, we lost our minds.
"Rejoice!" headlines instructed. "They were on a break!" joked everyone else. There were breathless tweets. There were teary-eyed Snapchatters. There were so, so many gifs. But above all, there was desperate thirst for a Friends reunion that isn't even really a Friends reunion.
TV Line reported this morning that a two-hour special dedicated to legendary sitcom director James Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television, would be coming to NBC on February 21st. During the special, casts from Cheers, Will and Grace, The Big Bang Theory, Frasier, and Friends would reunite in his honor (though naturally Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce being in the same room is a far less exciting promise than a Ross and Rachel reunion).
All six main cast members — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer — will reportedly be "on-hand" for the special, but there's one very important catch: They might not even be filmed together. NBC Entertainment Charmain Robert Greenblatt told Entertainment Weekly, "I'm hoping all six will be in the same room at the same" but that "I'm not sure we can logistically pull it off." What is this collective shit-losing really about, then? Chandler Bing, we can only assume.