Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present Season 2 of Showtime’s Emmy–nominated comedy series Episodes.

Starring Matt LeBlanc in his Golden Globe-winning role as a fictionalized version of himself, the nine-episode second season of Episodes premieres Monday, July 2 at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network. Continue reading »

Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) are ringing in 2011 with a new and exclusive slate of first-run Showtime programming with the return of Californication, and the debut of brand-new buzz-heavy series Shameless and Episodes.

Airing back-to-back, the three series will anchor the Monday night line-ups on Movie Central and The Movie Network beginning Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.



Premieres Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central / 8 p.m. ET on The Movie Network

Based on the long-running hit UK series, Shameless stars William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. The 13-part, one-hour drama also stars Joan Cusack, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White and Laura Slade Wiggins. Shameless is executive produced by John Wells and Paul Abbott, and co-executive produced by Andrew Stearn.



Premieres Monday, January 10 at 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central / 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network

Executive produced and created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes is a new seven-part, half-hour comedy series starring Matt LeBlanc, as Matt LeBlanc. When husband-and-wife writing team Sean and Beverly set out to reproduce their British TV hit for an American network, all of their worst fears come true as Hollywood lives up to its reputation for absurdity. After being cast in the starring role, LeBlanc takes the lead in deviously twisting their beloved series into a terrible cliché, while testing the couple’s marriage with diversions and temptations. Also starring Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Mircea Monroe. The series is a co-production between Showtime in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K.


Californication (Season 4)

Premieres Monday, January 10 at 8:30 p.m. PT on Movie Central / 9:30 p.m. ET on The Movie Network

Back for a fourth season, Californication stars David Duchovny in his Golden Globe®-winning role as self-destructive, brutally honest and hedonistic novelist Hank Moody who struggles to raise his teenage daughter Becca, with on-again, off-again girlfriend Karen. In the new season, Hank will have to deal with the fall-out from his one-night stand with then-underage, pseudo-step-daughter Mia going public, and his epic legal troubles force him to enlist the aid of hot, high-powered defense attorney Abby (Carla Gugino) to keep him out of the big house. Season four guest stars include: Rob Lowe, Michael Ealy, Zoe Kravitz, Stephen Tobolowsky, Callie Thorne, Addison Timlin, and rocker Tommy Lee. Also starring Madeleine Martin, Natascha McElhone, and Madeline Zima.


New episodes of Californication, Shameless and Episodes will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central’s High Definition channels and will be available on demand following their network premieres. New episodes of Shameless will also be available on The Movie Network OnLine following their premieres.

English actor Richard Griffiths has been locked in to appear on Matt LeBlanc’s new show Episodes.

62-year-old Griffiths will play a version of himself in the show which centers on a British couple whose TV show is turned into a horrible American remake.

The Hollywood Reporter is claiming Griffiths’ character will be “too sophisticated” to star in the American remake and will be replaced by LeBlanc.

Episodes was forced to look for two news stars after Thomas Haden Church and Claire Forlani dropped out of the project which is currently in production.

Griffiths has appeared in the likes of the Harry Potter films, The History Boys and Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories.

Source: Digital Spy



Two major cast members of Matt LeBlanc’s new show Episodes have quit.

Thomas Haden Church and Claire Forlani have left the BBC/Showtime project which centres on LeBlanc as a parody of himself in a bad remake of a British show.

Forlani was said to play one of the lead roles but has since been replaced by Tamsin Greig who has starred previously in Black Books and Green Wing alongside Stephen Mangan, who is also on board.

Haden Church is reported to have left the show due to scheduling conflicts.

Episodes is created by Friends co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik whose credits include sitcom Mad About You.

Seven episodes of the show have been ordered and which is currently in pre-production in London.

Source: Digital Spy

Check out a preview video of the show here: