'Episodes' Renewed for Fifth Season at Showtime

Matt LeBlanc on 'Episodes' (premiered in 2011)

Matt LeBlanc has had quite the turbulent post-Friends career. In the months after the mothership series ended, it appeared that his career would be the hottest, thanks to all the pre-premiere buzz for spinoff Joey. We all know how that went.

After then going MIA for years, the actor is back with Showtime's critically adored Episodes, for which he has now earned three Emmy nominations. It appears that he's now doin' quite well.

Episodes will continue on.

Showtime has renewed the Matt LeBlanc comedy for a fifth season, the cabler announced Wednesday. Production on season five, which will again consist of nine episodes, will resume in London in 2016.

“We are so pleased to continue working with [creators] David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, two of the sharpest creative minds in comedy, along with the incredibly talented cast, led by Matt LeBlanc,” Showtime president Davis Nevins said. “And now that viewers have even more ways to access Showtime programming, I’m excited for a whole new audience to watch this smart, funny comedy gem.”
The Showtime and BBC co-production has been a regular awards season contender for the cabler, earning LeBlanc — who plays a fictionalized version of himself in the dark comedy —  three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. Creators Crane and Klarik have also earned three Emmy writing noms for the series as well as two WGA nominations.

Episodes comes as Showtime is poised to say farewell to fellow awards darling Nurse Jackie next month. The Edie Falco comedy will wrap its run with seven seasons, leaving a roster of original half-hours that includes House of Lies, Happyish and Showtime's upcoming Andrew Dice Clay entry Dice  as well as dramedy Shameless 

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@THR.com
Twitter: @Snoodit