Friends reunion first look as iconic main set is restored for long-delayed show

Friends fans finally got their first glimpse at the much-awaited, oft-delayed reunion episode.

Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer are coming together on our screens again for the first time since the hit sitcom's 2004 finale.

Greg Grande, the returning set designer, has now shared a look at a restored set for the new episode – and it's an unexpected location.

"Ssssh, something's happening deja vu… coming alive once again," he captioned a snap of the set of Monica's apartment.

Some fans have been left scratching their heads, since the final episode saw Monica and Chandler leave the apartment and move to Westchester County with their kids.

The set was a staple of the show, most scenes taking place either there, at Chandler's digs across the hall, or the Central Perk coffee house.

Meanwhile, David has lifted the lid on their filming schedule.

The project was first announced more than a year ago, with all six of the original cast on board, but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Chatting with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, David shared in March: "Actually, in a little over a month I'm heading out to LA.

"So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there's going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols."

The star also ruled out rumours of either Ellen DeGeneres or Billy Crystal presenting the show.

"I could tell you who it's not," he joked.

The original filming date was set for August 2020 after it was announced in February last year.

The cast have remained largely tight-lipped about what fans can expect, though Phoebe Buffay actress Lisa Kudrow teased "different facets" to the show.

It will be filmed on the show's original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, California.

And Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman has suggested that filming has taken so long to get underway due to the missing "seventh member" of the cast – the live studio audience.

She told Entertainment Tonight: "We all want it to happen. We just have to wait until it is safe.

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"This is a show that is not scripted, but this is the way the show works – we are going to need a live audience.

"Even if we socially distance that live audience, it really is a huge part of what Friends is… We can not do it without them.

"Everyone is all in and we are just waiting for that time when it feels connected to bring in a live audience."

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