Showtime Takes Over Production Of ‘Episodes’; BBC 2 Still Will Air Season 5

By Nellie Andreeva, Nancy Tartaglione

There will be a behind-the-scenes change on the showbiz-centric comedy Episodes. Since its inception, the show, starring Matt LeBlanc, has been a co-production between the BBC, Showtime and UK’s Hat Trick Productions. Heading into the series’ upcoming fifth season — fully expected to be the Episodes‘ final run — the BBC has dropped out as a co-producer. Showtime and Hat Trick will now foot the bill for the comedy.

There will be no changes in the creative/producing team of the show or its British network home. Creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik will continue to write every episode and executive produce with Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville. BBC 2, which has carried the first four seasons, also will air Season 5, this time licensing Episodes as it would do any show it doesn’t produce. Showtime now has the exclusive rights to air and distribute the series.

Because of its previous status as BBC-Showtime co-production, the majority of production on Episodes has been done in the UK, with a few weeks of filming in LA. It hasn’t been decided yet whether production will continue to be based in London under the new arrangement.

Episodes recently earned the fourth consecutive set of Emmy acting nominations for LeBlanc and writing noms for Crane and Klarik.

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