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Matt LeBlanc's Episodes to end after fifth season

Episodes

Story by Jack Foley

MATT LeBlanc comedy Episodes is to end after its fifth season.

Cable network Showtime announced on Monday that the series will begin production on its final seven episodes next week, with co-creator Jeffrey Klarik directing all of them.

The final episodes will air in 2017.

Commenting on the news, co-creators and writing partners David Crane and Klarik said: “We have had the best time making this show. 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.”

Showtime programming president Gary Levine added: “Episodes‘ scathing portrait of network executives has kept me on my best behaviour these last several years, for which I am grudgingly grateful to Jeffrey and David. 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.”

LeBlanc has already booked his follow-up gig and will return to broadcast television with the leading role in the untitled CBS family comedy previously known as I’m Not Your Friend. He is also the new co-presenter of Top Gear.

Since its debut in 2011, Episodes has received 10 Emmy nominations, including lead actor for LeBlanc and writing for Crane and Klarik.

LeBlanc also won a Golden Globe for the role.

Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, Mircea Monroe, Kathleen Rose Perkins and John Pankow round out the cast.

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