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Matt LeBlanc to Star in Showtime's 'Episodes' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 30th 2009 1:00PM
Matt LeBlanc EpisodesMatt LeBlanc plans a return to television, CBS plans a 'Criminal Minds' spinoff, 'NCIS' continues to dominate in the ratings and more of today's top TV headlines.Matt LeBlanc EpisodesMatt LeBlanc will star in the new single-camera comedy series 'Episodes,' set to air on Showtime. The 'Friends' alum will play himself in the series, about a British couple whose TV show is remade into a "dumbed-down American sitcom starring LeBlanc." Created by David Crane ('Friends') and Jeffrey Klarik ('Mad About You'), 'Episodes' is slated to premiere sometime in 2010. Well, as long as it's better than 'Joey.' [EW.com]

Criminal Minds spinoffCBS is reportedly planning a spin-off of the hit series 'Criminal Minds.' Executive producers Ed Bernero and Chris Mundy will develop the series, which will air as a backdoor pilot on 'Criminal Minds' this spring. The spin-off is also expected to include a brand-new team of FBI agents. Our pitch: 'Criminal Minds: L.A.' [Hollywood Reporter]

NCIS'NCIS' continues to be a ratings hit for CBS. Last night's episode earned a whopping 20.6 million viewers to become the show's highest tune-in to date. 'NCIS: L.A.' also performed strong, holding onto 93 percent of its lead in, with 17.4 million viewers. And in a sign of good things to come: 'The Good Wife' lost only 300,000 viewers from last week's premiere, taking in 13.4 million viewers. [Live Feed]

Kevin Zegers Gossip GirlKevin Zegers has landed a multi-episode role on 'Gossip Girl.' The 'TransAmerica' star will play international bad boy Damien, Jenny's (Taylor Momsen) newest love interest. Zegers' role will begin sometime later this season. And here we thought Jenny had learned her lesson. [Hollywood Reporter]

DexterShowtime's 'Dexter' and 'Californication' are off to a good start. 'Dexter''s fourth-season premiere took in a killer 1.5 million viewers, making it the series' most-watched episode ever, and the network's biggest audience since at least 2004. Meanwhile, 'Californication' also hit a series high on Sunday, with 821,000 viewers. [Live Feed]

Seth GreenFox is developing a new animated series from 'Robot Chicken''s Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Tom Root. The new series will use family life and a high school as settings for a large ensemble of characters. The show is also said to aesthetically fall in line with the network's other hit animated series, but will still retain the humor from the group's previous projects. No word yet on a launch date. [Hollywood Reporter]

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