Thomas Haden Church exiting 'Episodes'

5:43 PM PST 04/28/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Leaving Showtime comedy because of a scheduling conflict

Thomas Haden Church is leaving Showtime's upcoming comedy "Episodes."

Church ("Sideways") is departing because of a supposed scheduling conflict with another project. Actress Claire Forlani is also exiting the show and has been replaced by British actress Tamsin Greig.

"Episodes" is in pre-production in London. The show stars former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc playing a version of himself being cast in a bastardized U.S. version of a beloved British comedy. The network has ordered seven single-camera episodes from creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik.
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