The idea of a possible Friends reunion have been in a high since in a few days we will be arriving the 10 year anniversary of the series finale.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Friends’ creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane to discuss the challenges of creating a lasting last episode for their April 11 issue “The Art of Saying Goodbye”.
They feature a little bonus Q&A on their website. Here is some of the interview. For the entire interview go here.
Did it ever enter your mind to leave the door open at all for spin-offs or a reunion?
KAUFFMAN: Never. We never, ever from the beginning ever wanted to do a spin-off orGrown-Up Friends or Friends Kids or Baby Friends. We always knew and felt very strongly that not only would it never happen, we never wanted to be part of that, because it so rarely works. We just felt like this show is about a certain time in your life, and once you’re past that time in your life, the show is over.
CRANE: Also, it was enough of a job to put the right bow on this to not be worrying about, “Well, what are they going to do after this?” This is done. If anyone wants to … and they did, obviously: Scott [Silveri] and Shana [Goldberg-Meehan] and Matt [LeBlanc] and Kevin went off to do Joey, but at no point did anyone ask us to lay the groundwork for that or prepare for that.
KAUFFMAN: They hoped we would.
CRANE: That was its own thing. It had no bearing on what we were doing for the finale.
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the show’s launch and 10th anniversary of the finale, people wonder if there’s been any softening in your opposition to a reunion, and maybe a thought has popped into your head about doing a one-off –
KAUFFMAN: [Laughs] Honestly, I have to go back to: The show is over. What was at the heart of the show is done. And let’s be honest, it’s 20 years later. Nobody looks like they did then. And you’re going to spend the whole time going, “Wow, he’s aged. Or she’s…”
CRANE: If anyone wants Friends, turn on your TV! Amazingly, thank God, it’s there. And these are all great actors that you’re seeing all the time in other things. Marta and I’ve talked about this a lot: People say they want it, and the more that we say it’s a bad idea, people [disagree]. But I think if we actually gave it to people, there would be such backlash.
KAUFFMAN: This is about finales. It’s final.