Here’s revisiting Joey to analyse what really went wrong with one of the most-anticipated shows of the time and why spin-offs aren’t always a good idea.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
What is Joey all about? Joey was struggling in his love life and work-life and did not even have any friends to cheer him up. Joey begins soon after the events of Friends as the titular character moves to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Thus came Joey. He wasn’t the guy hanging out with his friends who could easily spit out a “How you doin’?” and flatter the opposite sex. He was a sad impression of his old self. The ensemble of Friends felt perfect as all the six characters fit in like a perfect puzzle. Gina, played by Drea de Matteo, felt like she belonged to Joey’s family and was quite likeable but as the show proceeded, her story with her ex became too central and after a while, it was hard to care for characters that we did not even know. And when it ended in 2004, spin-offs of the money-minting machine were expected. Here, he meets his elder sister Gina (Drea), her son and a host of other characters who form the ensemble. What did not work for Joey? When the show started, it focused on Joey’s relationship with his sister Gina and her son Michael. In the spin-off though, his coolness was just taken away. Kevin S Bright, the co-creator of Friends and the executive producer of Joey, revealed a few years ago to Digital Spy that the show forced the character to grow up which was quite uncharacteristic. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd
TV Rewind When I first watched Joey, soon after watching Friends, it didn’t feel as bad, but as the episodes went by, it got increasingly uncomfortable. Written by Sampada Sharma
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Updated: January 9, 2021 9:32:03 am
Joey was the spin-off that was seen a sure-fire hit. But in this setting, Joey’s stupidity was left unattended. The show was cancelled due to its poor ratings and despite changing the time slot, NBC did not air the last eight episodes of the show. Friends was also designed adhering to popular character archetypes where Joey fell under the stereotypical ‘cool guy’. TV Rewind | Everybody Loves Raymond | Silicon Valley | Scandal | Downton Abbey | Crashing | Orphan Black | The Good Place | The Night Of | Freaks and Geeks | Mrs America | Unreal | 24 | AHS Asylum | Chernobyl | Episodes | Lizzie McGuire | The Mindy Project | Lovesick | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | The People v OJ Simpson | Jane the Virgin | Modern Family | The Big Bang Theory | Desperate Housewives | Quantico | Castle | The Middle | Weeds | 30 Rock | House MD | The Newsroom | Parenthood | Gilmore Girls | Bojack Horseman | Gossip Girl | Fleabag | The Americans | Mildred Pierce | How I Met Your Mother | Boston Legal | Death Note | Heroes | Felicity | Small Wonder | Breaking Bad | That 70s Show | AHS Roanoke | Friends | The West Wing | Sharp Objects | Patrick Melrose | AHS Murder House | Arrested Development | Two and a Half Men | Girls | The Good Wife | Dead Set | Dexter | Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip | The Office | Parks and Recreation | Fringe | Broadchurch | Seinfeld | Lost | Mad Men | Sex and the City
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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. The character of Joey, who you have grown to love through the ten seasons of Friends, is treated with some weird character development that looks like it was written for someone else. So much so that the network even gave it the prized time slot of Friends. What happened to Joey? But at the time, this show was NBC’s crown jewel. Friends, as we all know, is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. Over the years, many have said, including the writers and creators of Friends, that the show was destined to fail. To counter Joey’s naivety, there was Chandler’s wise remarks. After the show’s cancellation, Matt LeBlanc took a break from showbiz for four years. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. I say uncomfortable because the more you watch this, the more you have a feeling of it being wrong in some strange way. The second season of Joey had him falling in and out of love with Alex (Andrea Anders), but by that time, we had known his character for over 10 years, and this relationship just didn’t ring true for the audience. But over the years, Joey has become a cautionary tale in the world where spin-offs and sequels are the order of the day. The episodes follow the main characters as they navigate their way through work and love life. His comeback comedy series, Episodes, had him playing an exaggerated version of himself and it was in that show that they took some real digs at the spin-off. Starring Matt LeBlanc, Drea de Matteo and Andrea Anders among others, Joey, created by Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan, ran for two seasons and ended in 2006, with the last eight episodes never making it to air because of its bad ratings.