EPISODES to End With Season 5


Showtime has officially confirmed that season 5 will be the final season of the comedy series EPISODES.

“EPISODES’ scathing portrait of network executives has kept me on my best behavior these last several years, for which I am grudgingly grateful to Jeffrey and David,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.. “I love this show and can’t wait to see what comic heights Matt and company will scale during the fifth and final season of our inspired series.”

“We have had the best time making this show,” said showrunners David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. “Showtime has been the opposite of every network we write about. If it were up to them we could go on making EPISODES forever. But we’ve told the story we set out to tell and we’d never want to outstay our welcome.”

Exclusive: Kathleen Rose Perkins Contemplates Her ‘Episodic’ Strokes of Luck


In the Matt LeBlanc-fronted “Episodes,” the real star is Kathleen Rose Perkins.

As Carol Rance, head of network programming at the fictitious, unnamed network that airs “Pucks,” the show within a show starring LeBlanc, Perkins portrays a high energy yes man who never seems to land a win. In season four of the Showtime satire (premiering Sunday at 10:30 p.m.), Carol comes no closer to landing her dream gig as head of the network. In fact, she’s passed over for another woman, Helen Bash (Andrea Savage), who may or may not have a bone to pick with her.

I spoke with Ms. Perkins earlier this afternoon about the season she calls the best one yet. “It’s… messier,” she told me. We also spoke about some of her recent film roles. [Read more…]

We Shine the Spotlight on EPISODES Star Kathleen Rose Perkins

“I don’t want this to get back to the people at Showtime, but I keep wondering why they send me money because I probably would do this for free,” was how actor Kathleen Rose Perkins characterized her dream job playing Network Executive Carol Ranson on EPISODES, which returned to television this past Sunday July 1st on Showtime (Mondays at 9PM on TMN in Canada)

And while there’s no denying that Rose Perkins is being somewhat facetious in her offer to forgo a much-deserved paycheck in an effort to be apart of what is far-and-away the summer’s funniest comedy, there’s no denying a kernel of truth to her admission. Particularly having already had the pleasure of devouring the entirety of the show’s ridiculously stellar second season that follows the continuing misadventures of writers Sean and Beverly Lincoln [Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan] as they attempt to navigate Hollywood and transform their upscale British comedy Lyman’s Boys into a watered down Americanized version called Pucks starring former FRIENDS star Matt LeBlanc. [Read more…]


Saddest Waste Of Time: The most-discussed nipple in recorded history went to the Supreme Court as the judges were asked to decide whether to strike down the fines against CBS. Seriously.
Worst Rerun Ever: Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination suit against ABC Studios will start all over again on September 10. And with the show over by then, this time we can’t even look forward to any spoilers in the testimony.

Worst Timing: Jonathan Frid, aka the real Barnabas Collins, died just as the release of the big-screen version of DARK SHADOWS would no doubt have resulted in one last chance for him to bask in the spotlight.
Best RIP Tweet: “You may remember Dick Clark as the world’s oldest living teenager,” tweeted Danny Bonaduce. “I’ll remember him as the man who beat me in a pushup contest… he was 74.” 
And The End-Of-The-Road Award Goes To…: The Discovery channel, which this week announced that CASH CAB would no longer be filming new episodes. [Read more…]


When I read about the pilot pickup for Showtime’s EPISODES, where the adaptation of a hit British series about the headmaster of a boys boarding school is cannibalized in its adaptation for U.S. airwaves, I thought it seemed almost too meta for anyone but people in the business (and TV critics) to enjoy. If ENTOURAGE is any indication, the predilection for a fictionalized behind-the-scenes look into Hollywood to become as loathsome as the industry itself seemed too great a detractor. But ENTOURAGE this is not: EPISODES is a bizarre little show, and if I were to liken it to anything, it would be THE COMEBACK. And that’s not entirely because it stars another FRIEND.

Like the tragically misunderstood (and thusly short-lived) HBO series starring Lisa Kudrow, EPISODES takes special care to make its star as un-FRIENDS like as possible. Matt LeBlanc plays a fictionalized version of himself, or rather a Showtime version of himself: a bit of a ruffian, he sleeps around, gets slovenly drunk, makes remarks about his anatomical endowments, and flaunts the riches of his FRIENDS money. There’s a frankness he brings to his character that’s arresting: you’re nearly convinced that this Matt LeBlanc might be the shadings of the actor himself – like Tracy Morgan in 30 ROCK, much of the success of the performance and the character is the difficulty in separating the two, even though LeBlanc’s public image is comparably more staid, you get a sense that his character’s behavior might be exaggerated traits of his own.

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Premieres January 9th at 8:30PM on FOX (Global TV in Canada)
Tired of what FOX has been serving up on Sunday nights? Can’t fathom another helping of Seth MacFarlane? Have we got some good news for you. This Sunday January 9th at 8:30PM FOX is injecting an entirely different flavour to their Animation Domination lineup in the form of BOB’s BURGERS. Of course, like the first time one introduces any new food to the palette, BOB’S BURGERS — which as the title suggest revolves around Bob, his family and the burger shop they run in a nondescript costal town town — may be a slight shock to a system that was raised on steady diet of SIMPSONS and Seth MacFarlene. But, assuming you can get over the completely different tone and energy BOB brings to the table, there’s a very good chance you’ll be asking for seconds courtesy of a winning recipe of clever writing, surprisingly heartfelt moments, and a talented voice cast that includes the captivating Kristen Schaal. Grade: B-

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First Look: Matt LeBlanc’s EPISODES

On January 10, the frienaissance continues when Matt LeBlanc follows in his former FRIENDS Courteney Cox (COUGAR TOWN) and Matthew Perry (The upcoming ABC comedy MR. SUNSHINE) footsteps by returning to the small screen in EPISODES.

Only on Showtime, EPISODES tells the surely-to-be-hilarious tale of a British husband-and-wife comedy team (Played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Grieg) whose hit UK show about a headmaster of a boy’s boarding school (Played by RIchard Griffiths) is turned into a dumbed-down American sitcom starring LeBlanc (He’s a hockey coach in PUCKS!).

And here with your first look at what we’re fairly confident will be our favorite new show of next year is theTVaddict.com. See for yourself, after the jump.

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First Look: Matt LeBlanc Returns to Television

After years of audiences thumbing their nose at a multitude of high-profile post-FRIENDS projects including Courteney Cox’s DIRT, Lisa Kudrow’s unfortunately titled THE COMEBACK, Matthew Perry’s brilliant-but-cancelled STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP and LeBlanc’s own JOEY, Hollywood is experience a frienaissance

COUGAR TOWN just received a serious vote of confidence in the form of an early second season renewal, Matthew Perry got his mid-life crisis sitcom MR. SUNSHINE picked up by ABC, and Showtime is very high on their upcoming Matt LeBlanc project EPISODES. So high in fact that they took the liberty of unspooling the following sneak peek for reporters at this week’s Television Critics Association Press Tour. The premise of which has LeBlanc, playing himself, auditioning for the role of ‘Matt LeBlanc’ when an American Network attempts to import (and dumb-down) a hit UK comedy. Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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