Episodes, a co-production with the BBC, is about a fictional hit comedy from the UK that’s being developed as a US sitcom, like The Office. LeBlanc will be playing a fictional version of himself, ala Curb Your Enthusiasm. A clip has been released in which the actor is forced to audition for his own part and sits in an audition room surrounded by lookalikes who are muttering “How you doin?”.
In a statement, LeBlanc joked, “I am so glad I got the part. Seeing someone else play Matt LeBlanc would have been devastating.”
Lisa Kudrow played a similar role in her HBO series, The Comeback, a few years ago. She didn’t play herself but the character had a similar background. It lasted just one season.
It’s too early to tell but Episodes could represent the fans’ best chance of seeing the Friends cast reunite onscreen. Kudrow recently suggested that the producers weren’t interested in an official reunion so this may be a way to do an unofficial one.
Curb Your Enthusiasm enjoyed a nice bump in the ratings from the recent Seinfeld reunion so there’s certainly some incentive. Larry David and the actors made fans happy by getting back together but got to do it in an atypical way, without unreasonable expectations.
For now, Showtime has ordered 10 installments of Episodes and has plans to air them later this year.
What do you think? Would you like to see LeBlanc reunite with his former castmates for a Friends pseudo-reunion?