In inevitable but nonetheless shattering news, the long-awaited Friends reunion special has been delayed due to coronavirus concerns.

Sources told Variety that filming has temporarily been put on hold at HBO (I assume because we are all being urged to give social distancing a go). The special was supposed to film sometime next week, but has now been pushed back to May. The reunion special, which has been in the works for eons (months), was officially announced in February. Jennifer AnistonCourtney CoxLisa KudrowMatt LeBlancMatthew Perry, and David Schimmer helped spread the news on Instagram.

The unscripted reunion was supposed to help launch HBO Max in May, which is the network’s new streaming service. Yes, all ten seasons of Friends will stream on that service in the US. Not sure when / if HBO will hit Australia.

This is the latest delay in the film / television industry due to the coronavirus. I’m not going to name all of the series that have been put on ice, but some that come to mind include all of Netflix’s scripted TV and film productions in the US and Canada for two weeks, which includes Stranger Things, Grace and Frankie, and LuciferThe Witcher season 2 has also halted production, as has HBO’s Euphoria season 2, and Amazon’s humongous Lord of the Ring series in New Zealand. And I haven’t even talked about movies yet. Films that have delayed production / pushed back the release date include No Time To Die, A Quiet Place 2, Mulan, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and The Batman.

You can check out a whole list below.

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