Episodes (2010)

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Matt LeBlanc will team with Friends co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik for Episodes, a single-camera send-up of the TV business. The series focuses on a British couple whose hit show is turned into a dumbed-down American sitcom starring LeBlanc, who plays himself.

"Jeffrey and David have a great idea — I love it," the 42-year-old LeBlanc said. "And I am so glad I got the part, seeing someone else play Matt LeBlanc would have been devastating."

The show-within-a-show format will allow Crane and Klarik to explore the behind-the-scenes workings of a TV show and the pitfalls of "too many cooks."

The series is a co-production of Showtime and BBC. Production on six episodes is scheduled to begin this winter in Hollywood and London. The show is slated for a 2010 debut on Showtime and BBC Two.
 

Starburst

Distinguished Member
Looks like fun or has the trailer got all the good lines in it:)
 

mattclarkie

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Sounds an interesting show and I'll definitely try it, but isn't it just a copy of the premise from Extras Season 2?
 

krish

Distinguished Member
Sounds an interesting show and I'll definitely try it, but isn't it just a copy of the premise from Extras Season 2?
only if When the Whistle Blows was a critically successful British sitcom, and then Andy Millman goes to LA to remake it for the US audience and is forced to cast Matt Le Blanc which ruins the show
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
Didn't laugh once in the first 10mins so switched it over. Probably missed the best bits.
 

TonyA

Well-known Member
Found it amusing that Steven Moffat tweeted after the show:

Episodes - Ooh, that was all painfully familiar.

Today he's tweeted:

I laughed a lot at Episodes. It might be a specialised market, but dear God, those scenes with the execs aren't even exaggerated.
 

SyStemDeMoN

Distinguished Member
I enjoyed the 1st episode, lets hope it stays as good if not gets better !
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi,

Episodes was ok, but not a great comedy by any means, by British or US standards! :( The best bit, for me, was Wallace, the guy who refused to let them into their new home, and the scene where they try and have a bath. The worst part, Daisy Haggard as TV Executive Myra (the blonde one, who was a bit ditzy) - her part was so small, she didn't even need to be in it!

It has potential, but really needs a lot more actual humour!


Pooch
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
Hi,

The worst part, Daisy Haggard as TV Executive Myra (the blonde one, who was a bit ditzy) - her part was so small, she didn't even need to be in it!

Pooch

I just assumed she'd have more to do in future episodes. I thought it was more odd that she was playing an American.

Bri
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
was annoyed by the trailer for next week ... pretty much seems to give away episode two

That's the often the case nowadays so I don't watch them as a rule though I did see the one for Shamless last night which really makes me want to watch the next one.

Bri
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
BBC iPlayer - Episodes: Episode 1

I really really enjoyed the ep. The problem is because Joey is in it, people expect constant canned laughter moments, whereas it is quite a subtle dark humour kind of show. The curse of Friends strikes yet again. If you have no attention span and prefer light hearted American type sitcoms then just forget that and please give something else a chance

Stephen Mangan and Tasmin Greig retaining all their old on-screen chemistry from Green Wing
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
Jury still our for me, but thats a bit harsh after only one episode. I'm just not sure where it will go once they give in to the producers changes and crack on with it, seems a one gag show at the moment..
 

GloryHornet

Active Member
I thought it was just okay. Reviewers on other sites say it picks up at Ep3. Personally, I find that comedy from the BBC these days, isn't funny more chucklesome; Whites was a 'comedy' series that wasn't laugh out loud funny but was good.

Are there UK writers on this or just American?

Matt LeBlanc is a good actor and a funny one, I'm not expecting Joey here, hopefully Joey will never grace the screen again, he has had his moment in the sun.

One thing that I didn't understand: The opening scene has Tamsin Greig driving off the driveway and turning right eventually meeting Matt LeBlanc, but twice in the episode, they were shown arriving, only to be met with a gatehouse and gate, and they turned right onto the driveway in front of the house, so she would have to go left to get back to the gate. Nit picking I know, but I noticed it straight away. Are gated communities really that big?
 

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