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"Friends" cast will "be there" for Feb. 21 tribute to director James Burrows

PASADENA, Calif. – There is going to be a reunion of the cast of “Friends.”

It is not what you may be thinking.

There will be no new episode or movie dealing with the popular series that ended in 2004.

Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow will just “be there” for a tribute to director James Burrows that will air on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 21.

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt couldn’t even confirm Wednesday that the actors would be together at the same time, though he is hoping it will happen.

Burrows has directed episodes of many of the best comedies on television, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Cheers” and “Friends.”

In other NBC news, Greenblatt said the next live musical the network will produce following the December success of “The Wiz” will be “Hairspray.” The final contract hasn’t been signed, though Greenblatt said he expects it will air in December.

When a critic noted that Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais said he was asked back for next year, Greenblatt said that hasn’t happened yet. However, he added that he was happy with the ratings for Sunday's telecast even though they were down slightly from 2015. The household rating in Buffalo was down 11 percent from a year ago.

“Ricky made a decision, but we haven’t made a decision,” said Greenblatt.

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