As the end of hit comedy Friends approaches, star MATT LeBLANC is in talks to appear in a spin-off series based on his loveable character JOEY TRIBBIANI.

According to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - LeBlanc, NBC and production company Warner BROS. are involved in "stepped up negotiations" for the mooted series.

Friends writers/executive producers SCOTT SILVERI and SHANA GOLDBERG-MEEHAN are set to write a pilot script if an agreement is reached.

And if the show is a hit, LeBlanc will be in illustrious company - the enormously successful comedy Frasier is a spin-off from star Kelsey Grammer's character in Cheers.

21/07/2003 17:07