Scriptwriters are moving popular Friends character JOEY TRIBBIANI to Los Angeles in his upcoming spin-off show, so he can focus on making it big in Hollywood.

The struggling actor - played by MATT LeBLANC - will quit New York to move in with his older sister GINA's in new series JOEY, before embarking on a heated affair with his married neighbour.

An insider says, "The final episode of Friends hasn't even been broadcast, but executives have started work on Joey already."

Joey's love interest in the forthcoming shows will be called Allison and studio sources claim the "attractive" character will be different from the hordes of women he dated in Friends.

The insider adds, "She's not the kind of girl Joey usually goes for. But there is definitely something going on between them and they develop a friendship."

11/02/2004 09:23