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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Friends TV spin-off Joey scrapped
Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc's Friends character was the only one to feature in a spin-off
TV sitcom Joey has been cancelled by broadcaster NBC after failing to recapture the popularity of Friends.

Joey, a spin-off from the long-running TV favourite, featured Matt LeBlanc's character after a move to Hollywood.

The series was put on hold in March after just four million people tuned in - down from the 18.6 million who watched its debut in 2004.

NBC has also announced a new series from The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

It is billed as a behind-the-scenes drama about a late-night comedy show and features former friends star Matthew Perry, The West Wing's Bradley Whitford and Amanda Peet.

The Apprentice spin-off featuring "domestic goddess" Martha Stewart as the host has been axed after one series after failing to capture the audience of Donald Trump's original show.

Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry
Whitford and Perry worked together on the West Wing, when Perry was a guest star

The controversial Book of Daniel, Fear Factor and the US version of comedy Teachers have also been consigned to history.

NBC has been struggling in the ratings for the all important 18-49 age group which appeals to advertisers since the end of Friends two years ago, trailing behind other networks.

But it still has a number of bankable hits which will be returning for new seasons including ER, My Name is Earl, The Office and Law & Order, while Scrubs will also be back.

It is hoping a new raft of shows will help boost it in the pecking order of the networks including high school sports drama Friday Night Lights, based on the recent movie, thriller Kidnapped and crime drama The Black Donnellys.

US networks are busy promoting their new seasons to advertisers this week, while fans find out if their favourite shows have survived the axe.

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