Friends ’ Joey gets spinoff


NBC will spin off a sitcom titled Joey and starring Friends' Matt LeBlanc in fall 2004, entertainment president Jeff
Zucker formally announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los

Friends, in which LeBlanc plays the role now, ends after this season, and
there's been much speculation as to how NBC could maintain its dominance on Thursday.

Zucker told critics Kevin Bright, who's been with Friends from the
start, will executive-produce the show, as will two other veterans of

Zucker said NBC had been talking with LeBlanc about the spinoff for "15 to 18
months," and he compared the show to how Frasier grew out of

Zucker added that NBC is a couple of days away from starting to film its
made-for-TV version of the Jessica Lynch biopic, which is in its
fifth rewrite and is being "constantly" revised. NBC did not receive rights from
her, he said.

According to Zucker, NBC's version, in part, is based on the account of an
Iraqi attorney, who he said helped to save her life. But he also acknowledged that the
film is also being put together based on information as it is being made public.