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Old 16-07-2013, 17:30
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Thinking about friends and Joey today, I vaguely remembered another spin-off called Girlfriends that was announced centering on Phoebe....

I KNEW I wasn't imagining this so I googled, and there they were, loads of articles from 2003/2004.


Shame, I would've much preferred this to Joey

http://www.contactmusic.com/news-art...hoebe-spin.off
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Old 16-07-2013, 18:14
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I never knew about this and thank god it never happened

I always felt a spin-off with Monica and Chandler moving to their new house would of worked, especially with Janice and her husband as their new neighbours.
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Old 16-07-2013, 18:20
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I never heard about this before
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Old 16-07-2013, 18:23
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Wasn't Gunter even rumoured to have a spin off at one point?
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Old 16-07-2013, 18:59
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Bear in mind that Phoebe was the sister of Ursula, who was in Mad About You. So strictly speaking Friends itself was a spin off. A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?
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Old 16-07-2013, 19:33
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Bear in mind that Phoebe was the sister of Ursula, who was in Mad About You. So strictly speaking Friends itself was a spin off. A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?
And kramer from seinfeld guest in mad about you.
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Old 16-07-2013, 20:07
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A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?
Yes. JAG > NCIS > NCIS: LA
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Old 16-07-2013, 20:12
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Yes. JAG > NCIS > NCIS: LA
Plus the link to 5-0
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Old 17-07-2013, 06:39
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I have no clue what "F.R.I.E.N.D.S." is. Is it some secret evil spy organization out to replace all of our world leaders with robot duplicates operated by the former cast of "Friends"?

Lisa Kurdow is probably the big boss if so. She's mean.
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Old 17-07-2013, 06:43
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Bear in mind that Phoebe was the sister of Ursula, who was in Mad About You. So strictly speaking Friends itself was a spin off. A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?
They're completely different producers/production companies.

I don't think Ursula was even given a last name till Friends was on the air and a hit. She was at that point, to acknowledge the common actress and make a bit of humor out of it. So... not a spinoff, but more of a... cobbled together link after the fact.
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Old 17-07-2013, 07:52
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Bear in mind that Phoebe was the sister of Ursula, who was in Mad About You. So strictly speaking Friends itself was a spin off. A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?


The Golden Girls - Empty Nest - Nurses - The Golden Palace
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Old 17-07-2013, 11:59
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As by far the most talented actor of the 6, I'd be surprised if Lisa Kudrow had ever had any interest in a spin-off. She'd already expressed that she was tired of the character around season 9. Too busy winning an emmy for The Comeback and now in the excellent Web Therapy anyway.
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Old 17-07-2013, 12:09
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As by far the most talented actor of the 6, I'd be surprised if Lisa Kudrow had ever had any interest in a spin-off. She'd already expressed that she was tired of the character around season 9. Too busy winning an emmy for The Comeback and now in the excellent Web Therapy anyway.
She was nominated, but she didn't win.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won that year.
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Old 17-07-2013, 12:29
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Thinking about friends and Joey today, I vaguely remembered another spin-off called Girlfriends that was announced centering on Phoebe....

I KNEW I wasn't imagining this so I googled, and there they were, loads of articles from 2003/2004.


Shame, I would've much preferred this to Joey

http://www.contactmusic.com/news-art...hoebe-spin.off
Perhaps We would have preferred that Friends was better written and had far more realistic characters, than We ended up with.... for example, it is inconceivable that the character played by David Schwimmer could ever have ever finished high school, let alone ended with having been given a Doctorate.
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Old 17-07-2013, 12:56
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Yes. JAG > NCIS > NCIS: LA
And very nearly JAG > NCIS > NCIS: LA > NCIS: Red, but CBS have decided not to pick up NCIS: Red.
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Old 17-07-2013, 12:59
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The Golden Girls - Empty Nest - Nurses - The Golden Palace
Wasn't The Golden Palace simply another spin off from The Golden Girls rather than Nurses?
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Old 17-07-2013, 13:02
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They're completely different producers/production companies.

I don't think Ursula was even given a last name till Friends was on the air and a hit. She was at that point, to acknowledge the common actress and make a bit of humor out of it. So... not a spinoff, but more of a... cobbled together link after the fact.
I’d agree with this. Much like, as has been mentioned in this thread, there is a ‘link’ between NCIS:LA and Hawaii Five 0, but that’s all it is and it doesn’t make one a spin off of the other.
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Old 17-07-2013, 13:29
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Wasn't The Golden Palace simply another spin off from The Golden Girls rather than Nurses?
Yes it was really, I just noted them down in chronological order.
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Old 17-07-2013, 14:09
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Bear in mind that Phoebe was the sister of Ursula, who was in Mad About You. So strictly speaking Friends itself was a spin off. A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?
That originally wasn't planned though ; it came about due to Lisa Kudrow playing a recurring character in the same vein as Phoebe in Mad About You. Then the creative forces behind the shows connected the shows.

I like when Helen Hunt guests on Friends as her Mad About You character.

If there was to be another spin off from Friends i'd prefer if it centred on a supporting character. Rachel's sister Amy for example. That was the failure of Joey the series ; you just missed the other Friends not being there. I'd like to see the Friends guest star on it though. However limited like the Cheers characters on Frasier. A spin off show as to establish itself as it's own show.
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Old 17-07-2013, 18:53
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I have no clue what "F.R.I.E.N.D.S." is. Is it some secret evil spy organization out to replace all of our world leaders with robot duplicates operated by the former cast of "Friends"?

Lisa Kurdow is probably the big boss if so. She's mean.
I have got no idea why people put the dots in. It's stupid. Yes, it's how the title is written on screen, but the title is not an anacrynym.
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Old 17-07-2013, 19:03
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I never knew about this and thank god it never happened

I always felt a spin-off with Monica and Chandler moving to their new house would of worked, especially with Janice and her husband as their new neighbours.
God, No!!!! After that crap Everybody Loves Raymond, I think people had enough of the whole neighbours family sitcoms around that time. To be honest, none of the Friends' spinoff would have worked because viewers were ready to move on when season 10 came. However, I did enjoy Joey, it just wasn't as good. It's all for the best anyways since all six actors found success after FRIENDS with films and TV. Janice also makes more guest starring roles, every now and then.
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Old 17-07-2013, 20:08
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I enjoyed Joey, mainly as I enjoyed looking at Drea Di Matteo
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Old 18-07-2013, 03:16
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There are so many characters or couples who could have been the focus of a spin-off.
[LIST][*]Ross and Rachel [*]Chandler and Monica, with Janice's family living next door (as another poster suggested)[*]Janice and family, with the Bings next door, making occasional audience-scream-inducing cameos[*]Jack and Judy Geller[*]Gunther and his adventures in Central Perk[*]Carol and Susan[*]Ursula[/LIST]
In other words, remember a character, suggest a spin-off!

I also think Monica and Phoebe's friend Amanda, could've suited a spin-off, which would've no doubt been ripped apart by critics and viewers alike!
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Old 18-07-2013, 07:45
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I dont think a spin off as such will happen. Not now, however I do think it's only a matter of time before they decide to bring it back, but with a new cast. Opening scene could easily play on from the final scene with a close up of the keys on the sideboard, pan out and door opens to new couple moving in. Obviously update the sets but make sure it's obvious it's the same place.

If done correctly, you could have the odd person showing up to contact joey, chandler or Monica and the new guys wondering just what these guys were like. Maybe even find stuff in a cupboard or something. Gives good opportunities especially with cameos and seeing if Gunther is still going in central perk lol.
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Old 18-07-2013, 11:34
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Bear in mind that Phoebe was the sister of Ursula, who was in Mad About You. So strictly speaking Friends itself was a spin off. A spin off of a spin off, has that ever happened?
As already mentioned by various posters, the 2 shows were only linked up by producers because Friends and Mad About You shared the same Thursday night line-up on NBC at one point. 2 shows set in New York with the same actress. Makes sense to merge the 2.

An episode of Mad About You sees a character cause a city-wide blackout - the effects of this blackout are portrayed in Friends in that season 1 episode where Chandler gets stuck in a bank with Jill Goodacre.

The final episode of Mad About You revealed that after having a successful career in porn, Ursula went on to become the Governor of New York!
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