Friends: The Reunion special will be available on ZEE5 soon for Indian viewers, the streaming service revealed today. On May 27, it will premiere on HBO Max in the United States. Yes, you heard it right. Friends:The Reunion is officially coming in India. Are you crying? No you’re!
Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow will star in the widely awaited episode of the hit 90s sitcom.
The reunion will include guests such as soccer legend David Beckham, pop stars Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Moreover, there will be K-pop phenomenon BTS, and fashion icons Cindy Crawford and Cara Delevingne, in addition to the original cast.
Tom Selleck, who played Monica (Coxlove )’s interest in ten episodes, and Reese Witherspoon, who played Rachel’s sister, will both appear (Aniston).
The reunion was shot on the Warner Bros Studio lot near Los Angeles’ Stage 24. It also acted as the original soundstage for the sitcom about a group of close-knit New York friends exploring adulthood.
Read what ZEE5 has to say on bringing FRIENDS: The Reunion in India
“We are extremely excited to bring Friends: The Reunion exclusively on Zee5 for the Indian market,” Zee5 India’s chief business officer Manish Kalra said in a prepared statement.
“Friends is amongst the world’s most watched and loved sitcoms and it is a great opportunity for us to present their reunion, something that the world has been talking about, on ZEE5 for Friends fans in India. Zee5 is the home of entertainment for millions and fans across regions and languages can enjoy Friends: The Reunion from the safety of their home.” Manish Kalra continued.
Friends: Zee5 is an unusual choice for a host. Given that the streaming service has previously shown little interest in the English-language entertainment market, the reunion is important. Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, Zee5 has no background with WarnerMedia. WarnerMedia has strong connections to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar in India.
Netflix has all ten seasons of Friends available, as well as many other WB Television shows. For the first year, any WB film is available on Prime Video before being transferred to Netflix. And, as everyone knows, Disney+ Hotstar is the home of all HBO content.
Given the popularity of Friends: The Reunion, Zee5 will almost certainly gain a large number of new members in India. But the question is, whether it will be able to keep them is another matter entirely. Since Zee5 only provides annual subscriptions (at Rs. 499) at the moment, it will get to count them for a full year.
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