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NBC elaborates on 'Friends' finale plans

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NBC has announced more details on how it plans to say goodbye to long-running sitcom Friends.

The final episode of the series, which has been a staple of NBC's Thursday "Must See TV" primetime lineup, will air in America on May 6. NBC's entertainment president, Jeff Zucker, said:

"Seldom in TV history have six 'Friends' made themselves so much a part of America's viewing habits and defined appointment-series television. We're planning a proper blowout for this wildly popular comedy that put the 'Must' in 'Must See TV.'"

The countdown to the finale will begin on February 12, when Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) marries Mike (Paul Rudd). Then, over six consecutive weeks from March 4 to April 8, NBC will air older episodes as selected by a viewer vote.

The storyline for the final episode itself is being kept under close guard. It recently emerged that some parts of the show had been filmed without a studio audience present in order to ensure that the final outcome doesn't become known before an official announcement closer to the time.

On the night of May 6, NBC will air an hour-long retrospective of classic scenes beginning at 8pm. At 9pm, the hour-long finale will air. Later that night, a special Tonight Show will air from the Central Perk set at Warner Bros Studios, featuring a reunion of the cast.

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