Matthew Perry will be there for James Burrows at next month’s NBC special honoring the prolific sitcom director.
NBC on Wednesday officially confirmed that Friends‘ stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer will reunite at next month’s two-hour event, Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows. Perry, who is currently doing a play in London, will also be on hand, although via a pre-taped segment. (Hey, it’s something!)
The special, which will tape this weekend and air Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9/8c, will also bring together the casts of classic Burrows-helmed sitcoms Cheers (Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt are confirmed to appear), Frasier (Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce), Will & Grace (Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally), Taxi (Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch, Carol Kane and Christopher Lloyd) and The Big Bang Theory (Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Jim Parsons).
Watercooler moment alert: Ex-Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will take the stage with his former co-star Jon Cryer.
The special will mark Burrows’ 1,000th episode of TV with his new NBC comedy Crowded.
“There is nobody with better TV comedy instincts than Jimmy Burrows, and because of his guiding hand these remarkable shows will be forever celebrated and stand the test of time,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “The caliber of talent joining us to celebrate Jimmy’s accomplishments is a testament to his imprint in television history.”