Before the Friends spinoff series Joey, which ran from September 2004 to August 2006, there was almost another title for a spinoff. But Matt LeBlanc wasn’t supposed to be the main star of this long-lost show at first. Instead, Jennifer Aniston was to be the face of the next episode of the famous American sitcom, which was to air in the fall.
Why did Aniston get an offer for a spinoff before LeBlanc, and why didn’t the show ever air? Here, we tell you everything you need to know.
Jennifer Aniston almost got a spinoff of Friends.
Screen Rant says Friends producer Kevin S. Bright said there would be a Rachel Green spinoff soon after the 2004 finale of the 1994 show. The series made the most sense because Rachel was and still is a fan favorite, and she and Ross Geller, her co-star on Friends, arguably had the most stories to tell after Friends ended.
Even though a show about how Ross and Rachel deal with life with kids would have been fun to watch every week, Aniston decided it would be better for her to look for other job opportunities to broaden her horizons. Aniston went on to make a fair number of movies after that. These are Derailed, Rumor Has It, and Friends with Money.
After the Rachel Green title didn’t happen, Bright and other producers thought a Monica Geller and Chandler Bing series would be enough, but it didn’t happen either.
Bright is said to have said at the time, “We liked the idea of a Monica and Chandler show.” But, strangely enough, no one wanted to play those parts by the end of the show even though they were happy to have done the show.
Since Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry left the show, Joey Tribbiani has become the next Friends role that could be the focus of a spinoff. Matt LeBlanc had no trouble returning to his position, which was suitable for the producers. However, fans of the show couldn’t get into a spinoff series about his character for several reasons. Including that they weren’t “familiar” with the Joey they saw in the 2004 title.