Showtime will end “Episodes” after its upcoming fifth season, TheWrap has learned.
“‘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, Showtime’s president of programming. “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.”
The series stars Matt LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself. Since its debut in 2011, “Episodes” has received 10 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for LeBlanc and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, for every season the series has been eligible.
“We have had the best time making this show,” said Crane and 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.”
The series has also earned two Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and in its first season, LeBlanc won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
“Episodes” also stars Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, Mircea Monroe, Kathleen Rose Perkins and John Pankow. In the final season, everyone is in the midst of their own personal hell. Matt LeBlanc is the host of “The Box,” a wildly successful game show. Unfortunately, the world seems to have forgotten he was ever an actor.
Meanwhile, Sean (Mangan) and Beverly (Greig) are forced to work for Sean’s former partner Tim (Bruce Mackinnon), perhaps the worst show runner in the history of television. Carol (Perkins) is out of a job, out of money and possibly out of show business. And Merc (Pankow), a producer on “The Box,” never resists the opportunity to ruin Matt’s life.
Crane and Klarik executive produce the series, along with Jimmy Mulville, who serves as executive producer through his Hat Trick production company.