'Friends' star Matt LeBlanc returns to TV for new Showtime series 'Episodes'
Showtime has ordered "Episodes," a six-episode series starring "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc in a send-up of the TV business.
The show from creators David Crane ("Friends") and Jeffrey Klarik ("Mad About You") will revolve around a British couple whose hit U.K. comedy is turned into a dumbed-down American sitcom starring Le Blanc, who will play himself.
Production will begin this winter in London and Hollywood. "Episodes," a co-production of Showtime and the BBC, is set to premiere sometime next year. Crane, Klarik and Jimmy Mulville executive produce.
"What a thrill to have two giants of the comedy world like Klarik and Crane to satirize what they know best: the making (or un-making) of art," Showtime President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "We jumped at the chance to get involved with this cock-eyed look at network television told through the eyes of unsuspecting British producers who don't know what hit them when they enter the lion's den of Hollywood. And Matt LeBlanc -- wryly sending up his own image -- is icing on the cake."
LeBlanc added: "I am so glad I got the part, seeing someone else play Matt LeBlanc would have been devastating."
-- Denise Martin
Photo: Matt Leblanc. Credit: Ken Hively