Doctor Who is returning for its 40th anniversary. It hasn’t been in regular production for 14 years, though there was an Americanized TV movie in 1996.
This actually isn’t that unusual for British TV. Absolutely Fabulous took several years between seasons.
I admire that approach, especially as we go through a final season of Friends where the writing will be dictated by one unfortunate fact — Joey will have his own series next year. So Joey obviously can’t end up with Rachel, as logical as that would be.
In the British approach, Friends could take a few years off and come back. That might be fun.