Three Join Matt LeBlanc Showtime Comedy

You gotta hand it to Matt LeBlanc. The guy must have a pretty good sense of humor to star as himself in a show where he's essentially the punchline.

The former 'Friends' cast member is the joke (or at least one of the jokes) in the new Showtime/BBC comedy series 'Episodes', about a successful UK comedy duo forced to cast LeBlanc as the lead in a US version of their hit show.

Bob posted a promo for the show last month, in which LeBlanc is humiliated having to audition to play himself ("You want Matt LeBlanc, you get Matt Leblanc!"). Judging by the funny promo, it looks like 'Episodes' could appeal to fans of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Entourage', and 'Pilot Season'.

We don't have a premiere date for the series yet, but THR is reporting that three actors have signed to co-star alongside the one-time Joey Tribbiani.

Claire Forlani (CSI: NY), Kathleen Rose Perkins (''Til Death') and British actor Stephen Mangan ('Green Wing') have boarded the project, which has landed a seven-episode order from Showtime and BBC 2.

'Friends' co-creator David Crane is producing 'Episodes', which means we might see more 'Friends' cast members appearing on the show to spoof themselves. And perhaps Mr. Crane is also taking a jab at himself with this project รข€“ he did produce LeBlanc's stillborn spinoff 'Joey', after all.

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