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'Weeds' and 'Episodes' Get Season Premiere Dates from Showtime

The Season Eight premiere of "Weeds" will air at 10 p.m., followed by the second-season debut of Matt LeBlanc's "Episodes," at 10:30. "Weeds" will begin production on the first of its 13 episodes in Los Angeles in April, while "Episodes" recently finished work on its nine-episodes in Los Angeles and London. Read More... //www.thewrap.com/article/weeds-and-episodes-get-season-premiere-dates-showtime-36246

Golden Globes 2012: Matt LeBlanc Nabs First Nod for Showtime's 'Episodes'

  Playing himself has scored for  Matt LeBlanc . The Hollywood Foreign Press Association named him its best actor in a television comedy or musical on Sunday night for the Showtime series,  Episodes . "When you don't win, you always say it's nice to be nominated," LeBlanc said backstage. The winner, who was nominated three times before (once for NBC’s short-lived  Joey  and twice for the hit series,  Friends ), said the Showtime comedy shares a similar tone to the long-running NBC series that made him a star. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/0o0OEm9Emk0/matt-leblanc-best-actor-comedy-series-golden-globes282199

Showtime Renews Shameless and Episodes

Shameless and Episodes are returning for second seasons, Showtime announced Monday. "The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both Shameless and Episodes since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits," David Nevins, president of the premium cable channel, said in a statement. Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/_television/genres/showtime-Renews-Shameless-1030179.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Episodes: The Creation of "Matt LeBlanc" (and the Destruction of Joey)

Matt LeBlanc is a pretty big jerk on Episodes , and not in the neurotic Larry David-on- Curb Your Enthusiasm -kind of way. In the Showtime comedy, LeBlanc plays himself as a lame-brained has-been — with a stinky Joey cologne line to match — but also a womanizer, bum dad, and most recently, the kind of guy who sleeps with his friend's wife without remorse. It's a complicated if depressing alter ego to take on, and certainly one attention-grabbing way for the real-life LeBlanc to jump back into the spotlight following the 2006 failure of Joey . Executive producers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik say that they didn't craft the part around the real LeBlanc, who in person is pleasant but serious, relaxed but not overly friendly. "Occasionally, he'll be playful, but he's not Joey," Klarik says. Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/_television/genres/showtime-Episodes-LeBlanc-1029611.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Showtime's Episodes Covers a Taboo Topic

The February 6 episode of Showtime's Episodes makes jokes about an issue that television comedy has long avoided: rape. The storyline finds Matt LeBlanc (playing an overly clueless version of himself) at a rape prevention benefit, struggling to uncork a bottle of wine — oblivious to the survivor onstage relating the story of her brutal attack. Wickedly funny or brazenly insensitive? //www.tvguide.com/News/_television/genres/showtimes-Episodes-Covers-1028794.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Matt LeBlanc Fails to Outsmart the Paparazzi on Episodes [Video]

Episodes " href="//tv.gawker.com/5748119/matt-leblanc-fails-to-outsmart-the-paparazzi-on-episodes" class="pp_image"> Madeleine Davies  —  On last night's  Episodes , a drunk Matt LeBlanc (playing an exaggerated version of himself) had to call in Sean and Beverly to help him escape a messy situation with a paparazzo. So Matt LeBlanc is relevant enough for his behavior to merit media attention? And for him to resent it? Ah, sweet fiction. Read More... //tv.gawker.com/5748119/matt-leblanc-fails-to-outsmart-the-paparazzi-on-episodes

Are the Creators of Showtime's Episodes Bitter? They Don't Think So!

It's difficult to believe that the creators of Showtime's Episodes are not holding a grudge against network TV. Their last series, the CBS sitcom The Class , was axed after one short season, and their follow-up comedy (for cable, natch) is nothing if not an indictment of how the worst broadcast shows get made, sometimes in spite of a great idea. Just take a gander at Episodes ' fictional network honcho, a crass and careless tyrant who transforms an urbane British hit about the headmaster of an elite boys school into a broad comedy for American audiences starring Matt LeBlanc. //www.tvguide.com/News/LeBlanc-Showtime-Episodes-1028505.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'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. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/28/episodes-david-crane-jeffrey-klarik-interview/

'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... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/01/episodes-creators-no-matt-leblanc-would-have-meant-no-show.html

‘Shameless’ Is Showtime’s Biggest Drama Debut in Seven Years

Showtime's Californication delivered its highest season premiere Sunday, drawing 848,000 viewers at 9 p.m. for its fourth season opener. Its Season 3 premiere attracted 27,000 fewer viewers (821,000). The series did not receive its typical Dexter lead-in. Matt LeBlanc's latest, Episodes, performed well following Californication at 9:30 p.m., grabbing 768,000 viewers. Most importantly, the half-hour comedy had 91% retention from the David Duchovny-starrer. To Read More Click Here. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/NLwSu0mElHI/californication-delivers-highest-season-premiere-69929