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Matt LeBlanc Tackles Playing Himself in ‘Episodes’

Matt LeBlanc does not actually have a fragrance line called "Joey" (tagline: "How you smellin’?" scent: cinnamon) but he does on TV. In Showtime’s new comedy "Episodes," the actor best known for playing dim-witted Joey on "Friends" takes on his most challenging role yet…himself. The series about an English couple with a hit BAFTA-winning show in the UK that gets butchered when Hollywood remakes it for American audiences uses LeBlanc as its punch line. "We had this idea about a show that was handed the worst piece of casting in the world and we both thought: Matt LeBlanc," says co-creator David Crane, who also co-created "Friends." Read More... //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/01/07/matt-leblanc-tackles-playing-himself-in-episodes/?mod=rss_WSJBlog

Uneven 'Episodes' Put Matt LeBlanc to Good Use, But He Makes Few Friends

Parts of the first-season finale of 'Episodes' (9:30PM ET Sunday, Showtime) are very funny. But it takes a long time for 'Episodes,' which chronicles the adventures of an English couple adapting their hit British show for an American network, to get to places that are consistently amusing or emotionally nuanced, despite first-rate work from the show's cast. Creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane, who've written for everything from 'Friends' to 'Mad About You' to 'The Class,' have endured their share of frustrations while they labored in the network sitcom trenches, and 'Episodes,' which stars a sly and skilled Matt LeBlanc as a self-absorbed version of himself, is clearly their revenge on narcissistic actors and an entire army of network suits. The thing is, if Crane and Klarik were trying to avoid and mock the limitations of traditional sitcoms, why make a comedy that is often obvious and broad? Why create characters that are, for much of the show's seven-episode run, one-dimensional and disposable? To Read More Click Here.

Matt LeBlanc Getting Ready for TV Comeback

Former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc is on the verge of a major TV comeback after taking a break from Hollywood to nurse his daughter through a brain disorder and concentrate on a punky hairdo. The actor, who made his millions as clueless Joey in the hit sitcom, dropped out of the spotlight in 2006 when his spin-off show "Joey" was canceled. But Le Blanc, who is the star of critically acclaimed new U.S. cable show "Episodes", insists he hasn't been idle. He tells TV Guide magazine, "When 'Joey' ended, it was a weird time in my life. I'd gotten divorced (from actress Melissa McKnight), and my daughter had been diagnosed with this weird brain thing. Now she's out of the woods with all that stuff. But it was a really stressful time." To Read More Click Here.

VIDEO: Showtime's Episodes Brings Joey Tribbiani Back to TV — Sort Of

After a five-year absence from TV, Matt LeBlanc is back. The 43-year-old actor stars as a version of himself in the upcoming Showtime comedy Episodes, which follows a British couple as they adapt their hit TV show about a boys' boarding school for American audiences. Their troubles begin when the network executives ask them to cast LeBlanc, who played the handsome and oafish struggling actor Joey Tribbiani on Friends. To Read More Click Here.

Matt LeBlanc's 'Episodes' Releases Trailer

The first lengthy trailer of Showtime's new series "Episodes" has been released to reveal the awkwardness that comes with casting Matt LeBlanc. The former "Friends" actor stars as himself in the hilarious new comedy series about remaking a comedy series. When husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly set out to reproduce their British TV hit for an American network, all of their worst fears come true as Hollywood lives up to its reputation for absurdity. Not only does the network cast Matt LeBlanc in the starring role, but Matt takes the lead in deviously twisting their beloved series into a terrible cliche, while testing the couple's marriage with diversions and temptations. To Read More Click Here.