Matt LeBlanc is still a ‘Man With a Plan’

‘Friends’ alum launches fourth season of CBS sitcom

Matt LeBlanc

With a much-anticipated “Friends” reunion special also on the horizon for him, Matt LeBlanc’s plan these days is to stay happy and satisfied in his work.

Forever television-legendary as Joey Tribbiani of “How you doin’?” fame, the actor returns with the fourth season of his current CBS sitcom “Man With a Plan” Thursday, April 2. He continues his role as Pittsburgh construction-company co-owner Adam Burns, whose understanding of “family” expands with his increased involvement in helping his wife (Liza Snyder) raise their children (Grace Kaufman, Matthew McCann, Hala Finley).

“It’s a fun show to work on,” the friendly LeBlanc says, “and it’s kind of a departure for me. I’ve always played the single guy or the guy who’s not in a relationship and has no kids. Now, this makes sense for me. It’s not a high-concept show, it’s kind of right down the middle, and it’s about the things that happen in life. And from my experience, some pretty funny, crazy things happen.”

LeBlanc gives plenty of credit to “Man With a Plan” creators and executive producers Jackie and Jeff Filgo for getting the show to Season 4, deeming them “really smart. I think this season is our best thus far, because we’re telling more character-driven stories, and we’ve figured out where the strengths of the show are.”

That’s something LeBlanc also knows well from his “Friends” days, and he’s looking forward to rejoining his former co-stars to tape the special for the forthcoming HBO Max streaming service. “It’s not like another episode, with us playing those characters again,” he notes. “It’s a celebration, if you will, of what an awesome experience that show was.”

Birthdate: July 25, 1967

Birthplace: Newton, Mass.

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Divorced; he has a daughter from his marriage

Other television credits include: “Top Gear,” “Web Therapy” (with fellow “Friends” alum Lisa Kudrow), “Episodes” (as a fictionalized version of himself), “Joey,” “Friends,” “Reform School Girl,” “Class of ’96,” “Red Shoe Diaries,” “Vinnie & Bobby,” “Married … With Children,” “Top of the Heap,” “Monsters,” “Anything to Survive,” “Just the Ten of Us,” “TV 101”

Movie credits include: “Lovesick,” “Jonah Hex,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “All the Queen’s Men,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Lost in Space,” “Ed,” “Grey Knight”

Jay Bobbin

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