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Matt LeBlanc inches closer to ''Joey'' spinoff

Matt LeBlanc inches closer to ”Joey” spinoff. No deals yet, but some veteran ”Friends” scribes are set to write a pilot

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Joey Tribbiani may never be nominated for an Emmy, like Matt LeBlanc was last week, but he could soon be the focus of his own series. NBC could announce plans for a long-rumored ”Friends” spinoff as early as this week, according to trade paper Television Week. The show, to center on LeBlanc’s Joey, would at least keep one familiar face from ”Friends” on the network after the TV’s top sitcom wraps at the end of the upcoming 10th season.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC and ”Friends” producer Warner Bros. Television have stepped up negotiations with LeBlanc for a show that would debut in fall 2004. The parties have also settled on a writing team for the show’s pilot episode, veteran ”Friends” writers and executive producers Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan. Of course, if the spinoff deal doesn’t go through, the writers will probably just get jobs making cappuccino at Central Perk.