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“When you don’t win, you always say it’s nice to be nominated,” LeBlanc said backstage. The winner, who was nominated three times before (once for NBC’s short-lived Joey and twice for the hit series, Friends), said the Showtime comedy shares a similar tone to the long-running NBC series that made him a star.
“Friends was an awesome experience and this has a similar feel. I really can’t say enough about the writing on the show. I really learned my lesson when I did the spinoff [Joey]; it wasn’t the same,” he said, shooting down the option of a Friends feature film. “Now, I have good writing and direction again and that makes all the difference in the world.”
With Sunday’s win, he beat out a field that included Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; David Duchovny, Californication; Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory; and Thomas Jane, Hung.
Episodes premiered on Showtime in January of last year with seven episodes. It was renewed for a second season a month later.
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