‘Mates’ Spinoff ‘Joey’ Can’t Be Discovered on HBO Max, and Right here’s Why (EXCLUSIVE)

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HBO Max launched on Wednesday with the complete library of “Mates” as its cornerstone promoting level. However for completists, HBO Max continues to be lacking a part of the “Mates” Inventive Universe: The spinoff sequence “Joey,” which is nowhere to be discovered on the brand new streaming service.

An HBO Max spokesperson confirmed that the streamer hasn’t licensed “Joey” but, “however we’re all the time assessing accessible exhibits to see what can be a great match and nicely obtained by subscribers.”

The Matt LeBlanc comedy aired on NBC from 2004 to 2006 as a direct sequel to “Mates,” and adopted LeBlanc’s character, Joey Tribbiani, as he moved to Los Angeles to advance his profession as an actor. Drea de Matteo starred as Joey’s older sister, Gina, whereas Paulo Costanzo was his nephew, Michael. Jennifer Coolidge, Andrea Anders, Ben Falcone and Miguel A. Nunez Jr.

“Joey” opened to robust viewership, and even first rate evaluations: Selection, for instance, known as it a “polished and likable half-hour.” However these preliminary scores slid, and though NBC renewed it for a second season, the present was quickly canceled. All informed, 46 episodes of “Joey” had been produced (though the final eight by no means aired on NBC).

Former “Mates” producers Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan created “Joey,” teamed with producer-director Kevin S. Shiny, one-third of the Shiny/Kauffman/Crane trio that government produced the unique sequence.

“Mates,” in fact, has became a streaming juggernaut, because of its time on Netflix, the place a brand new, youthful era found the present by means of numerous binges. That’s why HBO Max paid $425 million for the unique streaming rights to the present. And in addition why the streamer hoped to launch with a “Mates” reunion particular, a taped interview with the forged (who’re set to earn no less than $2 million every) that has been delayed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Maybe due to its quick life and cancellation, “Joey” has develop into extra of a punch line and fewer part of the “Mates” canon. LeBlanc poked enjoyable of the present in his Showtime sequence “Episodes,” and Shiny has mentioned in a number of interviews that a number of the selections made for the character in Joey had been finally a “enormous mistake.”

Nonetheless, as a streamer seeking to supply a quantity of selections, it may be seen as a bit stunning that HBO Max wouldn’t embody “Joey” as an add-on for “Mates” superfans. The present was produced and is owned by Warner Bros. TV, in any case, so it’s already inside the company household. As of now, it doesn’t seem that “Joey” is offered on any streamer — however episodes may be discovered for digital buy.

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