John Laroquette will be Joey's new Friend

Actor John Larroquette, star of the long-running '80s sitcom Night Court, will guest-star in a two-episode story arc on the NBC Friends spin-off Joey, reported Broadcasting and Cable Wednesday. The Matt LeBlanc sitcom fared poorly in the ratings last season, and when NBC announced their fall schedule earlier this summer, they vowed to tweak Joey into health. The network is hoping the addition of an Emmy-winning actor can help Joey defend itself against time-slot competitor and buzz-machine Everybody Hates Chris, the new sitcom from Chris Rock.

The storyline of Joey involves LeBlanc's character, Joey Tribiani, moving from New York to Los Angeles in order to "make it" as an actor. Larroquette will portray an actor costarring alongside Tribiani in a movie called Captured.

Joey also stars Drea de Matteo, who was a gangter's moll on The Sopranos until she ran afoul of her "family" in the fifth season of that show.

Laroquette won four Emmys in the '80s for his work as Assistant DA Dan Fielding on Night Court. He went on to star in his own sitcom, The John Larroquette Show, which featured the actor as a recovering alcoholic who manages a big-city bus station. In that show's second season, he won a fifth Emmy. He made several feature films, including Second Sight, which paired him with Bronson Pinchot as a psychic detective, before returning to television with the sitcom Happy Family in 2003. Recently, he has played the role of cop-turned-attormey Mike McBride in the Hallmark McBride movie series. This October, he will guest-star on new Fox show Kitchen Confidential.

The first of the two Larroquette-starring Joey episodes airs September 29.

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There they go again tweaking Joey. Now don't get me wrong Joey needs to be tweaked following this past seasons debacle. However Joey is a show everyone wants to tweak when in reality if everyone had left Joey alone after the first season Joey would be in great shape. When Joey premiered it featured Joey's exploits in Los Angeles. He's living with his adult nephew Michael, trying to make it as an actor and deal with his overbearing sister Gina. Along the way Joey engages in a Will They/Won't They friendship with his next door neighbor Alex. I watched most of those episodes and I thought they were good. In the second season I read that they were tweaking the show by intorducing a new character to help boost ratings. However all that was done was to give Joey a shadow in the form of Zach an actor working on the same film as Joey. Zach is basically a leech and that is what he does leeching onto Joey. Normally he seems to pop in to almost every scene of an episode freezing out the supporting cast from the first season. I only watched a few episodes that season quickly tiring of Zach. I feel that the show did not need this character and most of the problems that came about this season were because of him. Now once again the producers and the network want to tweak Joey again this time bringing on John Larroquette to help boost ratings. In truth everyone is looking outward for an answer when the answewr lies within its own cast. Give Michael or Gina or even Alex a main story line of their own. These are good charcters flesh them out and see how they do(remember Frasier even though it was named after the lead character the supporting cast still had their share of storylines). A show is only as good as its writing AND cast. This cast can help make a good TV show.
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I think that John Larroquette can really bring the ratings up. Especially for the people who loved Night Court and then Friends. I think that he is just what Joey needed to make the show a little bit funnier! I just Love John Larroquette! Loved him on Night Court, love him on Joey.
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Is Laroquette going to be no longer on Hallmark Mystery? I hope to see him in more of those.
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I know JL is the 'go to' guy for trying to make something funny, though I don't know why....
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i agree with crazyrythm, i also will be watching every body hates chris. i saw previews for it and thought it looked funny as h***. as for joey i dont see how this show lasted more than 5 episodes and more shocking its in its 2 season
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I love John Larroquette, but I hate Joey. What to do? What to do?
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Nice to see John back on primetime. I think John would be a great combination with Matt LeBlanc's character.
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Yes, I heard about this earlier. Joey needs someone like Mr. Laroquette to pump some new blood in the show and get things going.
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I love John Larroquette! He's just great!
By The way...On the Hallmark series John plays an attorney not a private eye...
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Man, I hadn't thought about second sight in YEARS. What a horrible, horrible movie.
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JL deserves better than Joey. I'll be watching Everybody Hates Chris.
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