'Episodes' creators: No Matt LeBlanc would have meant no show


Matt LeBlanc is easily the biggest name in Showtime's new comedy "Episodes," but he was also barely in last week's premiere. That changes Sunday (Jan. 16), when the former "Friends" star begins a central role in the show.And we mean very central. Producers like to say that "There would be no show without X," but "Episodes" creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik really mean it when they're talking about LeBlanc. As they were putting the show together and hit upon the idea of casting LeBlanc as himself, "we thought, You know what? If he says no, let's not even do the show."First, a little background. "Episodes" is the first project Crane and Klarik have taken on since the partners created "The Class" for CBS in 2006. That show lasted just one season before being canceled. After they took some time off, Crane was ready to go back to work before Klarik was."I said if you're...



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