2:37pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Episodes': "Real Possibility" Showtime Comedy Could End With Season 5
The end of the road may be in sight for Showtime's Episodes.
Speaking on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Showtime programming president Gary Levine said there's a "real possibility" that the upcoming fifth season of the Matt LeBlanc starrer would be its last.
The comedy, which features the Friends alum playing a heightened version of himself and the comedy series and network within the show, was renewed in June for a fifth season of another nine episodes. It is currently in production in London, and a season-five premiere date for the show from David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik has not yet been announced.
"They are hard at work on the fifth season and we will wait to see if white smoke or black smoke comes out of the chimney to see how that will work," Levine told reporters, praising its creators. "It's a show we love. Because it's so painstakingly handcrafted, it takes a rather long time between seasons. We're waiting patiently for that."
The remarks follow a December tweet from LeBlanc noting that he had "one more season of Episodes to shoot."
For its part, Showtime's comedy brand consists of upcoming hourlong comedies Roadies and newly ordered I'm Dying Up Here as well as half-hour entries House of Lies and Dice.