Trio joins Matt LeBlanc series 'Episodes'

Claire Forlani, left, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc (Getty)

Forlani, Perkins, Mangan to co-star in Showtime/BBC comedy

Claire Forlani, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Stephen Mangan have been tapped to co-star opposite Matt LeBlanc on Showtime/BBC's comedy series "Episodes."

The project, which has a seven-episode order, revolves around a successful British husband-and-wife comedy team (Forlani, Mangan) thrilled by the prospect of producing an U.S. version of their hit series. But they soon are forced to replace the erudite British lead in the original with the quintessential U.S. comedy star, Matt LeBlanc, who is playing a version of himself. They begin to sink deeper into the quicksand that is the Hollywood TV business, ruled by a legion of network and studio executives, including the smart head of programming (Perkins).

"Episodes," from "Friends" co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, is slated to start production in early May for a premiere on Showtime and BBC 2. The series is enjoying strong early buzz after a well-received promo featuring LeBlanc auditioning to play himself on the show.

"Episodes" reunites Perkins, repped by Innovative and Jackson-Medavoy, and British actor Mangan, who co-starred on ABC's 2008 untitled Victoria Pile comedy pilot, which also marked the stateside debut of Pile, a British comedy writer-creator.

In the U.S., Forlani most recently appeared in a recurring role on CBS' "CSI: NY."