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An Illicit Affair Threatens to Tear Apart Beverly and Sean's Marriage on 'Episodes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 14th 2011 4:37AM
Tamsin Grieg & Matt LeBlanc, 'Episodes' - 'Episode Six'If you thought the final scene of last week's installment of 'Episodes' was shocking (Sun., 9:30PM ET on Showtime), then you must have been absolutely appalled at the final scene this week. It certainly took Sean's ill-conceived solo session to a whole new level.

In fact, the fallout of that singular action permeated this entire episode. We also finally came full-circle to the car accident that began the premiere episode of the series, the root cause of which is probably the most expected scenario. A British driver getting their countries mixed up and driving on the wrong side of the road.

With filming on the pilot coming to a close, and Beverly already at the edge of her frayed nerves over how their British series has been destroyed in this US adaptation, the last thing she needed was to think her husband was being unfaithful with one of their stars.

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'Episodes' Stars Debate U.S. vs. England & Matt LeBlanc vs. Matt LeBlanc (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 21st 2011 3:00PM
Showtime's 'Episodes'Maybe it's the accents, or maybe it's the abundance of quality comedies across the pond, but British people are just funnier than us. Deal with it.

Case in point: Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, both fabulously clever in their own right, and also both completely hysterical on Showtime's 'Episodes' (Sundays, 9:30PM ET). Yes, the show has gotten buzz for 'Friends' alum Matt LeBlanc playing a sensationalized version of himself, but these two have their fair share of standout scenes.

I caught up with Mangan and Greig to talk about the Hollywood punchlines of the show, the perks of the U.S. (grits!) and the difference between the "How you doin'" Matt LeBlanc we see on 'Episodes' and the real Matt LeBlanc ... thankfully there are quite a few.

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Three Join Matt LeBlanc Showtime Comedy

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 3rd 2010 4:02PM
matt leblanc showtimeYou gotta hand it to Matt LeBlanc. The guy must have a pretty good sense of humor to star as himself in a show where he's essentially nothing but a punchline.

The former 'Friends' cast member is the joke (or at least one of the jokes) in the new Showtime/BBC comedy series 'Episodes', about a successful UK comedy duo forced to cast LeBlanc as the lead in a crappy US version of their hit show.

Bob posted a promo for the show last month, in which LeBlanc is humiliated having to audition to play himself ("You want Matt LeBlanc, you get Matt Leblanc!"). Judging by the funny promo, it looks like 'Episodes' could appeal to fans of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Entourage', and 'Pilot Season'.

We don't have a premiere date for the series yet, but THR is reporting that three actors have signed to co-star alongside the one-time Joey Tribbiani.

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Americans! Green Wing is on Hulu!

by Annie Wu, posted May 11th 2009 6:29PM
Green WingYou guys, you guys (Americans, specifically)! Green Wing is on Hulu! Exclamation mark!

All right, let me back up. I am a British comedy nerd. Some of you more eagle-eyed readers may already know that one of my favorite shows is something called Green Wing, which aired on Channel 4 way back in 2004. It's one of those programs that perfectly blends the quickness and quotability of sketch comedy with the engaging story arcs of more traditional sitcoms. There is no laugh track (thank goodness) but a beautifully quirky score that heightens the comedy instead of fighting with it. Plus, it's just plain snazzy.

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The Guardian's Comedy Special profiles hot comics

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 11th 2006 10:41AM
Ricky Gervais and Stephen MerchantThe latest edition of The Guardian features some fantastic interviews and articles about some of today's hottest British comedians. They're all great reads, but the photos of the comics re-enacting various moments in pop culture are what really reeled me in. My favorites include Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant (from The Office) as McCartney and Lennon, the boys from Green Wing as Queen, and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (from Spaced and Shaun of the Dead) as Paul Gascoigne and Vinnie Jones. Hilarious.

Read the text and then check out the great pics by Karl J. Kaul.

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The Five: Annie's fall picks

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 14th 2006 1:31PM
Tina FeyAhh... Fall... The season of red leaves, panicked college Freshmen, spankin' new shows, and returning favorites. Here are my Fall Picks.

Return of Saturday Night Live: Honestly, I've never been fond of Tina Fey and I'm quite glad that she's moved on. Now that she's gone, SNL has the chance to completely remake itself as something... um... good. Or maybe we'll find out that the program has already moved way past its prime and Tina was the (very weak) glue that's been holding the fort down for the past few seasons. So, either SNL's going to be the best its been in years or it's going to fall completely flat on its face. It's a very exciting time and I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen.

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Green Wing auctions for charity

by Annie Wu, posted May 24th 2006 8:44PM
Green WingThe Green Wing cast and crew seriously sound like some of the loveliest people alive. Seriously. From all the great fan encounters I've heard, the brilliant interviews I've read and watched, and the fantasies I've had about working with them, they, and their fantasy-selves, just seem like all-around good people. To further my belief, the GW folks have gathered a bunch of amazing stuff and put together some charity eBay auctions. 100% of the proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Foundation and, even better, the shipping is free.

Items include signed DVDs and scripts (with unreleased scenes!) and a costume lot with Martin's spiky raver shirt, Sue White's long-arm blazer, and Mac's coma tee and glorious bottomless scrubs (ass-less scrubs, is what they mean). These aren't the usual crappy auctions from programs that offer "a water bottle used in scene four" kind of stuff... Each piece was part of a fantastic moment in the show. If I didn't have student loans to worry about, I'd snap up all these items. Anyone want to buy me something? My birthday's only eleven months away.

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Green Wing: Episode 8 (finale)

by Annie Wu, posted May 22nd 2006 1:22PM
Green Wing(S02E08) This season has been an absolute roller coaster ride. As if the first season's crazy relationships and antics didn't confuse us enough, this time around, everything stepped into the next realm of bizarre. There's love triangles (love quadrilaterals?), murder, babies, threesomes, pimps, affairs, proposals, and Guy being considerate. The first episode was relatively weak, but the rest of the season has had a lot of strong points. The plot thickened considerably without sacrificing any of the laughs.

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Green Wing 2: Premiere

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 4th 2006 12:08PM
Green WingAs a huge fan of the first season, I was eagerly anticipating the premiere of the new season of Green Wing. Last season ended with a literal cliffhanger: three doctors in an ambulance dangling from the edge of a cliff. I was expecting the premiere to pick up where it left off, explaining exactly how Mac, Guy, and Martin were saved (or how they all died, became fatally injured, sprouted wings and flew away, etc.), so I was surprised when they offered absolutely no insight into what actually happened. Instead, we were immediately faced with a fully normal scene of all the main characters going back to work at the hospital. But then, suddenly, the entire scene changed into a futuristic setting and everyone had donned new, silver costumes. What's going on?!

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Green Wing 2: Nearly ready!

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 12th 2006 8:01PM
Green WingThere are some great new Green Wing photos and teaser trailers (and a nifty behind-the-scenes blog) online, in anticipation of the new season starting March 31st on Channel 4. I really like the group shot of everyone in ballet outfits... However, I'm disappointed that Stephen Mangan opted for a kilt instead for a nice tutu. Tsk, sir. I don't see any Sarah Alexander (she played Rachel Hunter) pictures for the new season... Did she do less Green Wing to work on the new NBC comedy, Teachers? Oliver Chris (Boyce) has been thrown into the new group shot, so maybe his character will be even more prominent this season (more Boyce/Statham awkwardness! Hurrah!).

No word on when BBC America will air the new season... if at all. However, the season one DVD is going to be released soon and, if you are an American lucky enough to have a region-free DVD player, you can relive some of the old craziness until BBC America gets around to airing new stuff. If you haven't seen this show before, I strongly recommend it. It's like a crazier, dirtier (and possibly even funnier) version of Scrubs.

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