Matthew Perry during an interview with Variety stated that he wouldn’t like to do a Friends reunion episode or a season. Perry said:
“I have this recurring nightmare – I’m not kidding about this. When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do “Friends” again and nobody cares. We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say no. The thing is: We ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?”
In a way Perry is right, Friends did end on a great high. The last episode of the show was one of the most viewed finales in American TV history. And don’t forget the popularity worldwide of the show.
We can sympathize somehow with the stand that Perry takes on a possible reunion based on his experience with other shows that he starred after the end of Friends. One after the other got canceled from the first season, with an exception of The Odd Couple which ran for 3 seasons. So his phobia with failure is understandable.
But would nobody really not care? I really don’t think so. Of course it depends how well written each episode or season is but the show has a lot of die-hard fans and a possible reunion will create a huge buzz. People will watch it even if it’s mediocre. And it’s sure that it’ll make a lot of money for the host network. So, maybe if that network will be as generous as NBC was in the past, which at some point paid $1 million per episode each of the actors on the main cast, Perry might reconsider and be a part of a reunion of one of the most iconic sitcoms ever.
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