LeBlanc's 'Joey' needs a sidekick

155919__joey_lWith Joey facing off against not only The O.C. and Survivor: Guatemala next fall, but also new timeslot occupants Alias, Smallville, and Everybody Hates Chris, it looks like NBC’s calling in a little reinforcement for Matt LeBlanc’s dim title character.

But is a thirtysomething aspiring actor named Zach (as NBC’s casting call describes him) the answer to Joey‘s creative (and ratings) woes?

My guess is it’s all in the casting. I’d screen-test David Arquette, the always amusing Michael C. Hall (hey, he’ll be free now that Six Feet Under‘s wrapping), and maybe Wonderfalls‘ Lee Pace.

On the flip side, please, no David Spade.

Which actor do you think could help shore up Joey?


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  • Beachgirl

    Fight For Fame could pay to get one of their posers on there, preferably one of the “funny” ones…. win-win…. *smirks*

  • Mira

    Why not bring in Matthew Perry himself? Unless he doesn’t want to, of course.

  • Brian Marquardt

    Matt Dillon

  • Mikey

    Does it really have to be a guy? Why not Lisa Kudrow? Phoebe and Mike can head to California. Both of them don’t have steady jobs, so why not they start over in L.A.?

  • AT

    Cast Lee Pace and I would watch for sure. I stopped watching after the premiere. He was amazing in the very underrated and underwatched Wonderfalls.

  • DannyBoy

    No actor could ever save this terrible show.
    No one watches it because people want their comedies to be FUNNY.

  • nettie

    Here’s an idea:
    Cancel this crappy show. The whole premise is horrible.

  • H

    I say give more screen time to Joey’s agent, move the sister and her son across town, and have Joey take a trip back to New York…perhaps an extended one. That way, we could just watch the one character who’s truly funny on this show.

  • Joost Schuur

    If we’re talking Six Feet Under, why not Rainn Wilson?
    Of course… he’s already on NBC in The Office.
    And if it doesn’t have to be a guy, can we get Scarlett Johansson? Just, you know… because?

  • Armand Paoletti

    Im so frickin faithful to Joey’s character, I think the shows fine the way it is.If you’ve got to change it cast Luke Perry he’s 40 something now, yet looks thirty something still. IT MAY JUST WORK!!!

  • EP Sato

    Michael Imperioli. Joey’s problem is that it’s a steteotypical show about Italian Americans, but no one is fat or connected to the mob. Thus, the addition of another Sopranos actor(or the addition of Peter Deloise as a hard as nails police officer) is the best move this show can take.
    Why not do a subplot where Michael Imperioli offers to fund Joey’s next movie with mob funds? Given that rumors are still floating around that Steven Segal’s movies were funded by mobster cash, the idea isn’t too far from reality. Or on a “very special” episode, Joey can convince his ex mobster friend who is now in the witness protection program that using heroin can send you down a dark path…

  • Anna

    Zack Ward would be an awesome pick! He came from the show “Titus” and plays dumb real well. Just what Joey needs. A red headed, cute and funny, version of himself.

  • Christos

    how about having Frank Jr(Giovani Ribisi) move
    Alice and the triplets to LA, seek out Joey and to make it more fun make Janice a regular, marry her to a Hollywood mogul and send her Joey’s way, and how cool would it be if they could get Julie Delpi too to play Joey’s French girlfriend also an actress

  • Sam

    As much as I love the “Joey” character, it does drive me NUTS that he never mentions his old friends at all.
    Which is very very strange. We all know how close they were and you know they have to still talk.
    I agree with Brian, try asking Matthew Perry.
    That combo is unbeatable!

  • Mike V

    I was (am) a huge Friends fan and I did have high hopes for Joey, but very low expectations. My expectations were met sufficiently! If the show didn’t revolve around a FRIENDS character, I doubt ANYONE would be watching it. Which is a reason that the spinoff (as any spinoff would want to) is trying to establish itself as a show that can live on its own APART from Friends. So, suggesting to recast ex-Friends castmembers, guest stars, is probably not a way they want to go (or even be able to go). I have no doubt that season 2 sweeps will bring our one or some of our favorite friends back to Joey, but that would be the extent of it. Giovanni has an established film career and he’s not going to want to do a full-time gig on Joey. And while it would be cool to see Joey and Chandler reunited full-time, there is no way the producers (or potential cast) would every ruin the integrity of its predecessor by BREAKING UP Monica and Chandler in order for Chandler to be in California with Joey. I mean, it’s just logical that none of these suggestions would ever happen. Anyway, I do hope Joey can pull out of the creative slump. They did have some good episodes and there’s always a funny line or 2 that Matt delivers in each episode. A new sidekick might be able to save the show, but I’ll admit…it’s not topping my Thursday Primetime priorities anymore. Good Luck to NBC with the challenge ahead!

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