Joey was the only character on Friends to get a spin-off… but it never matched the success of the first show. It wasn’t funny enough and the cast was considerably weaker in the chemistry department. Andrea Anders’s character eventually became Joey’s love interest, but she was much too bland to engage viewers. Matt LeBlanc was still charismatic as the not-very-talented actor who left his friends in New York for a movie career in L.A., moving into an apartment with his nerdy nephew Michael (Paulo Costanzo). His sluttish sister Gina (Drea de Matteo), Michael’s mother, was a frequent guest. The show was reasonably amusing, better than its reputation, but always paled in comparison.
2004-2006:U.S. Made for TV. 46 episodes. Color. Created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri. Cast: Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Drea de Matteo (Gina Tribbiani), Paulo Costanzo (Michael Tribbiani), Andrea Anders, Jennifer Coolidge, Miguel Nunez, Jr. (05-06).
Quote: “Nah, I’m getting too old for that. Plus I’m not great at telling whether or not they’re gay bars before I go in. Oh by the way, if Ramon calls, I am not here.” (LeBlanc on meeting women in bars)
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