TV Rewind | Joey: The cautionary tale for spin-offs and sequels


Friends, as everyone knows, is likely one of the hottest sitcoms of all time. And when it led to 2004, spin-offs of the money-minting machine have been anticipated. Thus got here Joey. But over time, Joey has develop into a cautionary tale on the earth the place spin-offs and sequels are the order of the day.

Starring Matt LeBlanc, Drea de Matteo and Andrea Anders amongst others, Joey, created by Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan, ran for two seasons and led to 2006, with the final eight episodes by no means making it to air due to its dangerous rankings.

Here’s revisiting Joey to analyse what actually went flawed with one of many most-anticipated reveals of the time and why spin-offs aren’t all the time a good suggestion.

What is Joey all about?

Joey begins quickly after the occasions of Friends because the titular character strikes to Los Angeles to pursue his appearing profession. Here, he meets his elder sister Gina (Drea), her son and a number of different characters who kind the ensemble. The episodes comply with the primary characters as they navigate their means by way of work and love life.

What didn’t work for Joey?

Over the years, many have stated, together with the writers and creators of Friends, that the present was destined to fail. But on the time, this present was NBC’s crown jewel. So a lot in order that the community even gave it the prized time slot of Friends.

When I first watched Joey, quickly after watching Friends, it didn’t really feel as dangerous, however because the episodes glided by, it obtained more and more uncomfortable. I say uncomfortable as a result of the extra you watch this, the extra you’ve got a sense of it being flawed in some unusual means. The character of Joey, who you’ve got grown to like by way of the ten seasons of Friends, is handled with some bizarre character improvement that appears prefer it was written for another person.

The ensemble of Friends felt excellent as all of the six characters slot in like an ideal puzzle. To counter Joey’s naivety, there was Chandler’s sensible remarks. But on this setting, Joey’s stupidity was left unattended. Friends was additionally designed adhering to in style character archetypes the place Joey fell below the stereotypical ‘cool guy’. In the spin-off although, his coolness was simply taken away. He wasn’t the man hanging out along with his mates who may simply spit out a “How you doin’?” and flatter the alternative intercourse. He was a tragic impression of his outdated self. Joey was struggling in his love life and work-life and didn’t even have any mates to cheer him up.

When the present began, it targeted on Joey’s relationship along with his sister Gina and her son Michael. Gina, performed by Drea de Matteo, felt like she belonged to Joey’s household and was fairly likeable however because the present proceeded, her story along with her ex turned too central and after some time, it was laborious to care for characters that we didn’t even know.

The second season of Joey had him falling in and out of affection with Alex (Andrea Anders), however by that point, we had identified his character for over 10 years, and this relationship simply didn’t ring true for the viewers. Kevin S Bright, the co-creator of Friends and the manager producer of Joey, revealed a number of years in the past to Digital Spy that the present pressured the character to develop up which was fairly uncharacteristic.

What occurred to Joey?

The present was cancelled as a result of its poor rankings and regardless of altering the time slot, NBC didn’t air the final eight episodes of the present. After the present’s cancellation, Matt LeBlanc took a break from showbiz for 4 years. His comeback comedy sequence, Episodes, had him taking part in an exaggerated model of himself and it was in that present that they took some actual digs on the spin-off.

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Joey is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.


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