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A 'Friends' cast reunion is in the works — but it's not what you think

A 'Friends' cast reunion is in the works — but it's not what you think
The cast of "Friends," from left -- Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry -- are expected to reunite for a tribute to veteran TV director James Burrows. (NBC)

Could this be the best news ever for "Friends" fans?

NBC Chief Robert Greenblatt announced the network's hope for a "Friends" reunion. But it's not the kind you're thinking.

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The network is planning a prime-time special to celebrate veteran TV director James Burrows that would be timed to his 1,000th episode behind the camera. The two-hour special will air at 9 p.m. Feb. 21 on NBC.

Among those appearing in the special are Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.

"I shouldn't go into detail," Greenblatt told reporters during the peacock network's day of panels Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. "I'm hoping that all six of them will be there in the same room at the same time. I don't know, logistically, if we can pull that off."

Should it happen, it'd be the first time the cast has reunited as a group in front of the camera since the popular comedy went off the air in 2004.

Even if the plan doesn't reunite them in one room at the same time, all six would be participating in some capacity, added NBC's president of alternative and late-night programming, Paul Telegdy.

Burrows, whose career spans four decades, directed 15 episodes of "Friends," according to IMDb.

The NBC special also will reunite the casts of some of Burrows' other trademark series, including "Taxi," "Cheers," "Frasier" and "Will & Grace," as well as stars from more recent programs Burrows has directed, such as  "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike & Molly."

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