Showtime will kick off the new year on a funny note.
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Showtime’s Episodes isn’t set to premiere until this Sunday, but the network has just made an edited version of the season 3 premiere available for streaming on YouTube.
The network’s showbiz comedy follows the trials and tribulations of a British husband and wife comedy writing team who come to Hollywood to create an American version of their successful British sitcom. Trouble ensues when the couple becomes pressured by the network to cast Friends alum Matt LeBlanc in the lead role for their series.
Watch the series 3 premiere of Episodes below:
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Poor Merc. Season 2 of the Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes on Showtime left smarmy network exec Merc Lapidus (John Pankow) high and dry… er, wet actually, after being dumped by his mistress Carol (Kathleen Rose Perkins) and left out in the rain. Not to mention he’s been fired. And his wife left him and is sleeping with Matt LeBlanc. Needless to say, Merc’s seen better days.
“I’m kind of on the outside looking in,” Pankow says in the featurette below of Merc’s place in the show as we head into season 3, which premieres on Showtime on Jan. 12. Merc’s gone from office high life to you’ll-never -work-in-this-town-again territory — even his assistant equates the empty office to a horror movie: “It’s like the movie The Vanishing… Someone vanishes.”
But is there a chance for him and Carol to reunite this season? Get up to date with Merc, Carol, Matt, and the rest of the gang in the featurette below:
On July 1, Matt LeBlanc will resume a role that he will forever be identified with: Matt LeBlanc. The Showtime meta comedy Episodes — in which the Friends actor stars as the Friends actor starring in Pucks!, a lousy adaptation of a high-brow British comedy — returns for a second season of Hollywood misadventures. (The season 1 DVD was released earlier this week.) LeBlanc, who won a Golden Globe for playing this more outrageous, less reputable version of himself, believes that this season “has a bigger, bolder feel to it. It’s more complex… It’s almost like everyone’s been let off the leash.”
Before you pick up the current issue of EW, which contains a profile of LeBlanc, check out a few of his thoughts on Episodes, Friends, and spinoff Joey. READ FULL STORY
The first season of Episodes ended with quite a few ruined relationships, so when the series returns on July 1 — with a four-month jump ahead — expect to see a lot of damage control (or at least attempts at it).
The fallout from Matt and Beverly’s affair will continue to play out in the second season, as they both try to repair their relationship with Sean. Of course, Matt’s attempts at renewing the bromance goes far beyond a normal apology. In the three exclusive clips below, he tries to make amends for his drunken hookup with Beverly by buying Sean a car and explaining that he’s moved on to sleeping with someone else’s wife (problem solved, right?!). Not surprisingly, Sean isn’t swayed.
Showtime announced today that it has picked up Shameless, the gritty family drama starring William H. Macy, for a 12-episode second season; the meta-comedy Episodes (starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc) also received a second season order for an undetermined number of episodes. Shameless is averaging 4 million viewers a week (across the various Showtime platforms); Episodes is landing around 2 million per week. Both shows will begin production on their second seasons later this year.
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