Last month, NBC announced that cast members from several iconic TV shows will be reuniting to pay tribute to legendary TV director James Burrows, for a new TV special entitled Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows. This special has been highly-publicized because it will include the cast of NBC's iconic sitcom Friends, who will be reuniting for the first time in several years. As we wait for the special to air on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET, TV Line has a new clip featuring footage from this Friends reunion.
The initial report from last month claimed that all of the main Friends stars will be present at this event, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. However, just one week later, another report revealed that Matthew Perry actually won't be in attendance, since he is starring in a new play in London entitled The End of Longing. The actor later confirmed that he will introduce his fellow cast members through a video from London. While this may not be the Friends reunion fans have been waiting years for, this clip teases there will be a number of interesting revelations about the show's history.
The clip shows host Andy Cohen asking David Schwimmer if he asked James Burrows for any advice, after the actor started directing several episodes of the sitcom himself. The actor went on to direct 10 episodes of Friends, before moving on to features like Run, Fat Boy, Run and Trust. The clip also reveals how James Burrows assigned nicknames to the cast members, based on actors he had worked with in the past.
James Burrows recently directed his 1,000th TV episode. Over the course of his career, he directed 15 episodes of Friends. The special won't just focus on the Friends aspect of his career though. The two-hour special is being likened to that of the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that NBC aired last year.
The special will reunite the casts of many landmark James Burrows series. These sitcoms include Taxi, Cheers, Frasier and Will & Grace. James Burrows is still a strong force in television, and stars from his most current series will be appearing as well. These include The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. Visit TV Line to check out this two-minute scene from next week's special to see most of the Friends cast back together again.