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Netflix may have clap-clap-clap-clapped up the megabucks needed to keep Friends available to subscribers for another year, but in the long run, it's looking likely that the beloved sitcom will be pulled from the streaming site so WarnerMedia can host the show on their own fledgling streaming service. Nothing official has been announced yet, but at this point you'd have to be at Joey Tribbiani's level of density not to see the writing on the wall.
They know that we know, too. Kevin Reilly, who is overseeing the development of WarnerMedia's platform, all but confirmed as much at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week. "I think you can expect the crown jewels of Warner will ultimately end up on our new service," Reilly said, per Deadline. He also confirmed that the company is absolutely willing to yank its goodies from Netflix in the interest of exclusivity.
Friends - Fans - Instinct - Possibility - Lining
Friends fans' first instinct might be to groan at this possibility, but there may actually be a silver lining to the move — if WarnerMedia chooses to restore all those jokes that were lost in the show's migration to Netflix.
For the uninitiated, in the boxed DVD sets of Friends, a healthy number of lines and jokes that never made it to air were added to the episodes and became canon for fans who revisited their DVDs time and time again. However, those lines were ultimately omitted from the Blu-ray version released several years later, much to fans' chagrin.
TV - Guide - Producer/director - Kevin - S
When TV Guide asked co-executive producer/director Kevin S. Bright about it at the time, he recognized that...
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