Newspaper article The Canadian Press

End of 'Episodes:' Satirical Comedy Starring Matt LeBlanc Heads into Final Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

End of 'Episodes:' Satirical Comedy Starring Matt LeBlanc Heads into Final Season

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Matt LeBlanc comedy 'Episodes' nears its end

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With so many shows packed into "peak TV" schedules, even the most ardent viewer can lose track of episodes -- or even an entire series named "Episodes."

The comedy starring Matt LeBlanc -- who won a Golden Globe for essentially spoofing himself -- returns for a fifth and final season Sunday night on CraveTV.

This cheeky send-up of Hollywood is an example of the new borderless business of television. The series is set in Los Angeles, shot in London, and commissioned by both the US and the UK.

"I have an American career and I didn't have to go to America to do it," says Stephen Mangan, who plays mop-haired British writer-producer Sean Lincoln on the series.

The London-born, Cambridge-educated Mangan says he has nothing against America. "I just have a young family and it's very hard to ship them all out."

Prior to "Episodes," the 49-year-old was a familiar face on the British telly thanks to a string of popular, short-run comedies, including "I'm Alan Partridge" and "Green Wing."

The final seven episodes of "Episodes" were shot more than a year ago. In fact, so much time has passed since the fourth season of "Episodes" aired that Mangan was able to shoot a whole other series that has since come and gone: "Houdini & Doyle."

The historical drama had a three-country production connection: Canada's Shaftesbury, as well as British and American producers. Episodes of "Houdini & Doyle" were shot in the north of England as well as in Toronto. …

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