Friends Creators, LeBlanc Deliver TV Industry Send-up For Showtime

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Friends star Matt LeBlanc and creators David Crane and Jeff Klarik are teaming on a new send-up of the TV business on a Showtime series that will bow next year.
Episodes is a single-camera comedy series about a British couple, whose hit TV show in the UK has been turned into a dumbed down American sit-com, starring LeBlanc (as himself). Episodes, a co-production of Showtime and the BBC, will begin shooting its six episodes in London and Hollywood this winter for a 2010 debut on the premium network and BBC Two.
Crane (Friends, The Class) and Klarik (The Class, Mad About You) created the series and Jimmy Mulville will also serve as executive producer through his successful Hat Trick production company (Whose Line Is It Anyway?,The Kumars at No. 42, Worst Week).
"What a thrill to have two giants of the comedy world like Klarik and Crane to satirize what they know best: the making (or un-making) of art," said Showtime president of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt in announcing the pick-up. "We jumped at the chance to get involved with this cock-eyed look at network television told through the eyes of unsuspecting British producers who don't know what hit them when they enter the lion's den of Hollywood. And Matt LeBlanc -- wryly sending up his own image -- is icing on the cake. This show complements our eclectic and critically-acclaimed line-up of half-hour comedies beautifully."