Here’s a test of your “Friends” knowledge: Which of the six main cast members on the long-running NBC hit has a comedy series that was just picked up for a fifth season?
The answer is Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on “Friends.” LeBlanc’s Showtime series “Episodes,” which has been airing on the pay-cable channel since 2011, just received an order for a fifth season, Variety reports.
Showtime reportedly ordered nine episodes, with production scheduled to start in 2016 in London. LeBlanc stars as a fictionalized version of himself working with a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.
LeBlanc’s earlier sitcom “Joey,” which has the distinction of being the only real “Friends” spinoff, lasted just two seasons on NBC, airing from 2004-2006.
“Episodes” is co-created by David Crane, who also was a co-creator of “Friends.”
Another “Friends” veteran, Lisa Kudrow, also has a series that has been on Showtime since 2011. Kudrow stars in the improvisational comedy “Web Therapy,” which began as an online series on LStudio.com back in 2008 before launching on Showtime in July 2011. The show’s fourth season wrapped up in January.
“Friends” star Courteney Cox had a six-season run on the sitcom “Cougar Town,” first on ABC and later on TBS, before the show ended its run back in March.