Rumors of a Joey reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Sunday (January 23) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2023.
UPDATE 24/01/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 17 years since Joey first aired?! (17 years, 4 months, 16 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Joey end?
When Joey came to an end after 2 years in March 2006, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Gina Tribbiani (Drea de Matteo) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Joey reunion disappoint people?
Joey aired from 2004-2006 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But de Matteo said she's not sure if Joey would work today. “I don't want to see old Gina Tribbiani,” she told a journalist (de Matteo turned 50 in January). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” she added.
Still hoping for a Joey movie?
In a recent interview, Adam Goldberg (who played Jimmy between 2005 and 2006) said he can't imagine a Joey reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Drea de Matteo has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Joey movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Joey film, Matt LeBlanc stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Joey reboot?
Recasting Joey for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Joey reunion, a Joey movie, or a Joey reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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