Original language(s) English
First episode date 9 September 2004
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
|Created by Scott SilveriShana Goldberg-Meehan|
Starring Matt LeBlancAndrea AndersPaulo CostanzoJennifer CoolidgeDrea de MatteoMiguel A. Núñez, Jr.
Opening theme "Sunny Hours" by Long Beach Dub Allstars (featuring will.i.am)
Awards People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy, People's Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Performer
Cast Matt LeBlanc, Drea de Matteo, Andrea Anders, Jennifer Coolidge, Paulo Costanzo
Joey part 1
Joey is an American sitcom and a spin-off of Friends starring Matt LeBlanc reprising his role as Joey Tribbiani. It premiered on the NBC television network, on September 9, 2004, in the former time slot of its parent series, Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m.
- Joey part 1
- Background and development
- Main characters
- Season 2 20052006
- Reception and cancellation
- Nielsen ratings
- Awards and nominations
- International airings
- DVD releases
Midway through the second season, the show was placed on a hiatus by NBC but returned on March 7, 2006, in a new timeslot of Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. One episode, "Joey and the Snowball Fight", was shown on a Tuesday at 8:30 p.m, but was pulled by NBC when it was overshadowed in ratings by American Idol. NBC canceled the series due to poor ratings in May 2006 and did not broadcast the remaining episodes.
Background and development
The pilot episode was released in screener for test audiences and members of the entertainment industry to preview the show and drum up business. The screener was subsequently leaked on the Internet and thus has received a much wider critical review process than initially conceived. There were few differences between the unbroadcast pilot and the version that was broadcast. Ashley Scott played the role of Allison in the unbroadcast pilot, but was replaced by Andrea Anders and the character name changed to Alex.
The series did well in the Nielsen ratings in its first season (2004–2005) and was subsequently renewed for a second season (2005–2006). In the second season, Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. was added to the show as a series regular. Also, Jennifer Coolidge had a more prominent role. The show was pulled from its Thursday-night timeslot in December 2005, and NBC returned the show in a new timeslot (Tuesdays at 8pm) on March 7, 2006. Due in part to being in competition with American Idol, Joey was the lowest-rated prime time program of the week for NBC. The network pulled the series after the first Tuesday broadcast and its cancellation was announced on May 15, 2006. The remaining episodes have never been broadcast by NBC, but have been shown on various other networks around the world. Episode 5 and Episode 13 of season 1 were directed by David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller in Friends.
After the series finale of Friends in 2004, LeBlanc signed on for the spin-off series, Joey, following Joey's move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Friends producers Marta Kauffman and David Crane were not interested in the spin-off, although Kevin S. Bright agreed to be executive producer along with Joey creators, Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan, the latter of whom left the show after the first season and was replaced by Jon Pollack. NBC heavily promoted Joey and gave it Friends' Thursday 8:00 pm timeslot. The pilot was watched by 18.6 million American viewers, but ratings continually decreased throughout the series' two seasons, averaging 10.20 million viewers in the first season and 7.10 million in the second. The final broadcast episode on March 7, 2006 was watched by 4.1 million viewers; NBC canceled the series on May 15, 2006 after two seasons. Bright blamed the collaboration between NBC executives, the studio and other producers for quickly ruining the series:
On Friends, Joey was a womanizer, but we enjoyed his exploits. He was a solid friend, a guy you knew you could count on. Joey was deconstructed to be a guy who couldn't get a job, couldn't ask a girl out. He became a pathetic, mopey character. I felt he was moving in the wrong direction, but I was not heard.
Several cast members had previously appeared as different characters in Friends; Coolidge appeared as Amanda, an old friend of Monica and Phoebe, in a tenth season episode. Adam Goldberg, who played Jimmy, appeared in Friends' second season in the recurring role of Eddie, who moves in with Chandler after Joey moves out. Carlos Gómez, who played Sam – The Director, appeared in one episode of Friends as the restaurant worker Julio in "The One with All the Jealousy". Patrick Kerr, who played the producer of the Daytime Soap Awards, appeared in one episode of Friends as a restaurant manager who auditions Monica for a job as a chef. Brent Spiner, who played himself, appeared in one episode of Friends as James Campbell, who interviews Rachel for a job.
Additionally, Robert Costanzo reprised his role as Joey's father, a character who originated in the first season of Friends, in "Joey and the Dad". Costanzo was the only actor besides LeBlanc to play the same character in this series as in Friends (Gina appeared in a third season episode of Friends, but was not played by Drea de Matteo; Joey's sister Mary Theresa also appeared in a third season Friends episode, but was played by a different actress than on Joey).
Season 2: 2005–2006A First broadcast in Ireland on RTÉ TwoB First broadcast in Latin America on WBTV and Norway on TV 2C First broadcast in Latin America on WBTV
Reception and cancellation
Joey premiered on NBC on September 9, 2004 as a part of the network's Thursday night comedy lineup. Although the series was not well received by critics, the premiere episode attracted 18.6 million viewers. As the first season progressed, ratings fell but remained average (10.1 million viewers). NBC renewed the series for a second season and moved it to Tuesday nights opposite Fox's highly rated series American Idol.
As a result, ratings for the second season fell to an all-time low (4.1 million viewers) and NBC put the show on hiatus in March 2006. NBC officially canceled the series in May 2006 citing low ratings.
Based on average total viewers per episode of Joey on NBC:
Awards and nominations
Joey won the People's Choice Award of Favorite New Television Comedy and Matt LeBlanc won Favorite Male Television Star. LeBlanc was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
After the series' cancellation in 2006, Matt LeBlanc took a four-year break from acting before returning in the BBC/Showtime sitcom Episodes. The series was a success for LeBlanc, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 2012. On the show he plays a fictionalized version of himself. Joey is brought up several times in conversation by characters on the show, including LeBlanc, who praises the show but also laughs at his own real life career in the show, most notably with the line, "They said Joey was going to be a success," to which another character replies "Joey was ...a, success."
In the United Kingdom, the show aired on Channel 5. All episodes were broadcast.
In Brazil, the show premiered on November 2, 2004 and it was first aired on Warner Channel. All episodes were broadcast. Two years later it also premiered on terrestrial television channel SBT under the name Vida de Artista (Artist's Life).
In Greece, the show started airing on Star Channel. All episodes were broadcast.
In India, the show was aired on Star World. All episodes were broadcast.
In Ireland, the series premiered on RTÉ Two and reruns aired on TV3.
In Serbia, the show is airing on B92.
The Complete First Season was released on DVD on May 30, 2006 with all 24 episodes and French and Spanish subtitles. The Complete Second Season was released on April 29, 2008 in Canada (Region 1) and on September 10, 2008 in the Netherlands and September 11, 2008 in Portugal (both Region 2).
The show is rated PG in Australia and New Zealand and 12 in the United Kingdom for sexual references.