“Friends” Reunion for HBO Max on the Way

After a year of curiosity, we finally have an answer. The “Friends” reunion is on the way.

Production for the highly anticipated “Friends” reunion hit a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was supposed to film last year.

The reunion is officially on and starts production the week of April 5.

The original cast of Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry will take place on the original Warner Bros soundstage (stage 24) located in Burbank, California.

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Schwimmer, who played Ross on the beloved sitcom, confirmed the reunion on The Graham Norton by sharing, “I’m going to Los Angels – we’re going to be shooting the Friends reunion next week, I’m going to see everyone next week for the first time in many years.”

He continued sharing that “There’s nothing scripted, we’re not in character. We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.”

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“Friends” originally aired on NBC for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. The original reunion was February 2020 with a premiere of May 2020 on HBO Max. However, due to the pandemic, everything was delayed.

You can re-watch every episode of “Friends” on HBO Max now and keep an eye out for the reunion’s official release date by following HBO Max on Twitter.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Indoor Concerts, Theater Performance, and Conferences Resume April 15

After a year of canceled concerts and theater performances, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday, April 2, 2021, because the rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus has reached a record low, Indoor Concerts, Theatre Performances, and Conventions can resume starting April 15.

Testing or proof of vaccination for some of the events won’t be required; however, limits on the number of people admitted will be enforced.

Events requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination can increase capacity limits compared to events that don’t.

Private indoor gatherings such as weddings, meetings, and conferences are only allowed if guests present proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event or show proof of full vaccination.

Photo Credit: Jared Murray on Unsplash

Here are the new regulations on indoor live events beginning April 15 based on tiers.
(These apply to venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people)

  • Purple Tier: Indoor live events or performances are not allowed
  • Red Tier: Capacity is limited to 10% or 100 people; however, if guests present a negative COVID test or show proof of full vaccination, capacity increases to 25%.
  • Orange Tier: 15% capacity or 200 people max; if guests present a negative COVID test or show proof of full vaccination, capacity increases to 35%.
  • Yellow tier: 25% or 300 people; however, if guests present a negative COVID test or show proof of full vaccination, capacity increases to 50%.

Here are the regulations for larger venues based on tiers:

  • Red Tier: Proof of a negative COVID test or full vaccination is required, and capacity is restricted to 20%
  • Orange Tier: 10% or 2,000 people capacity; however, capacity will increase to 50% if all guests present proof of a negative COVID test or proof of full vaccination.
  • Yellow tier: 10% or 2,000 people capacity; however, capacity will increase to 50% if all guests either show proof of a negative COVID test or proof of full vaccination.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of California Tier map from covid19.ca.gov

Verify your county tier here to see what restrictions are currently in effect.

Governor Newsom wants Californians to continue wearing masks and practicing social distance even with the easing of restrictions.

Will you be hitting up live performances or wait it out a bit longer? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram.

Cover Photo: Concert by Pien Muller on UnSplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Chris Meloni Returns as Elliot Stabler for Law and Order Spin-Off and Reunion Preview

Elliot Stabler is back and this time with his own show. NBC released the first promo for the upcoming Law and Order: SVU spin-off.

Christopher Meloni who played Elliot Stabler on the hit show Law and Order: SVU is making his return to the Law and Order Universe and we could not be more excited.


Photo Credit: @Chris_Meloni on Instagram

Meloni who played Elliot Stabler on SVU left the series in 2011 due to not reaching an agreement during contract negotiations between production and the actor. After Meloni left the show fans of the beloved series were devastated as they enjoyed every minute of the beloved chemistry between Stabler (Meloni Character) and his partner Oliva Benson (played by Mariska Hagitay).

The two were partners on the show from Season 1 which debuted in 1999 through season 12 which aired in 2011. Now in 2021, it has been 10 years since the two characters appeared on our screen.


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In the promo, we see Benson (Mariska Hargitay character) at a crime scene and she hears “Liv!” shouted from in the distance. It is stabler (Meloni character) calling out her name with Benson replying “Elliot”.
Both Meloni and Hargitay have provided fans a sneak peak of the upcoming reunion by posting photos from set on social media over the last couple of months. Hargitay and showrunner Warren Leight teased an upcoming reunion between the two characters by posting a photo from a table read via zoom with Stabler and Benson on the same call with the rest of the cast. Leight ended his tweet with “Oh, and @Mariska and @Chris_Meloni” confirming both of them were on the call.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) on Twitter

The on-screen reunion between these two characters will play out during a special crossover of Law and Order SVU to introduce Meloni’s new show. The crossover event begins Thursday April 1, 2021 at 9 pm on NBC with Law and Order SVU and then the official premiere of Law and Order: Organized Crime immediately following at 10 PM.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA


Carson Daly Reveals His Anxiety and Helping Others with Mental Illness

The Today Show host wants to help in the battle of breaking the stigma associated with mental illness and partnered with Project Healthy Minds.

Carson Daly is one of the most successful hosts on Television and Radio from MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) to his radio show in Los Angeles, late-night Talk Show “Last Call with Carson Daly” and now co-host on the Today Show.

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Earlier this month, the successful host opened up about his struggles with mental health.

He decided to open up when he interviewed NBA player Kevin Love who shared a personal story about having panic attacks during a basketball game. Daly recalled the same experience while hosting MTV’s TRL.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Carson Daly Interviewing NBA Star Kevin Love on The Today Show

In an interview with People Magazine, Daly shared “I’ve suffered for over 20 years with, at times, debilitating anxiety and panic, and never knew it. I never knew how to define it.” He continues “After finally opening up to friends, one of them had a history of anxiety, and looked at me and was like, ‘You have anxiety.” 

He then educate himself about his anxiety by enrolling in a cognitive therapy course and learned how to manage his anxiety.

Carson shared that “It felt so good to get that diagnosis…Being diagnosed and then talking about it just feels good.”

Daly’s focus now is helping others struggling with mental illness and partnered with Project Healthy Minds, a millennial-driven non-profit startup focused on tackling the mental health crisis. Making it easier and faster for individuals to discover help and programs that expand access to care.

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Carson concluded the interview by sharing “It doesn’t have to be anxiety. It can be depression, it could be PTSD or any number of things. I want to hold their hand and go, ‘It’s okay to not be okay’.”

Remember that, it is okay not to be okay. If you are someone you know is struggling the following resources are available.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA