'Episodes' Co-Creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik on Matt LeBlanc Playing Himself and More

There's nothing like interviewing someone who's sitting in a bathroom.

That's exactly what happened when I spoke to Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane, the co-creators of the new Showtime series 'Episodes,' a couple of weeks ago. They had just come off their TCA press tour session, and they were speaking to me from a private room at the tour's hotel. It inspired Klarik to describe why a phone in the bathroom isn't as luxurious a notion as it once was, thanks to cell phones.

"You know, sometimes I'll be talking to my mother, she lives in Florida, and in the middle, I'll hear like tinkling and I'll realize she's talking to me while she's peeing. And I'm like 'Oh gee, Ma!'"

After the fun, we talked about the series, where Tamsin Greig and Shaun Marcum play a British couple whose hit U.K. series is being adapted for a U.S. network, and the show is getting lost in translation. Among the adaptations the network has "suggested"? Matt LeBlanc as the star of the show. We talked about whether LeBlanc was reluctant to play himself, if the executives depicted on the show are accurate, and which show of theirs they wish was still on the air.



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