Many of us have busy viewing schedules, but sometimes a new series is so good we can't help but make time to watch it. Though some of you have already shared why new shows like Once Upon a Time and New Girl have found a home in your DVR, perhaps your favorite new show of 2011 debuted earlier in the year. Check out the list of shows that made their series premieres this year and let us know which one gets your vote for best new show of the year!
The Winter TCA got to see the face of an old Friend today, when Matt LeBlanc stopped by for his new Showtime series, Episodes. He was joined by his castmates and showrunners to talk about satirizing himself, the business of Hollywood, and whether Episodes would ever see a Friends reunion.
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Fall TV may have been a bit lackluster this year, but the networks are about to give it another go. In the coming months, you'll see a few new shows creeping into your regularly scheduled programming, but which ones are right for you? From relationship comedies to a new medical drama to two new shows from our favorite Friends, I've compiled the most buzz-worthy new shows so you can get those DVRs prepped for fresh blood.
Don't you just love a new year? With it comes a whole menagerie of entertainment goodies to look forward to — starting with these January movies, music, and TV series. So bust out your brand-new 2011 calendar, and pencil in these dates. You won't want to miss any of these exciting offerings!
TV may seem a little dead right now since many shows are on hiatus, but don't worry — things are about to get shaken up on the small screen. It's that time of year when the networks premiere their midseason shows, and I'll be giving you the scoop on all the new series. Today, I'm acquainting you with Showtime's new series Episodes.
What it's about: Matt LeBlanc plays himself in this half-hour comedy about a married writing pair (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan) who are lured from their native Britain to reproduce their successful comedy in America. The network producer insists he loves their show and wants nothing to change — as long as they replace their star with actor LeBlanc. The show focuses on LeBlanc's bonding and clashing with the transplanted writers.
Where it works: LeBlanc is game to make fun of himself, which is always refreshing, and I'm so happy to see him in something more worthy of him than Joey. Plus, the other main characters, British actors Greig and Mangan, are charming foils for LeBlanc's satirized version of himself.
Where it doesn't: The dry British humor is one of the things I was looking forward to most, but this show doesn't quite get it in the pilot. Instead, it's a mind-numbingly slow build to the conclusion that LaBlanc is to be the star (and he doesn't even show up in the first episode).
Am I hooked? I'm forever a Friends devotee, so I'm sticking with Episodes to see if it hits its stride.
When is it on? Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9:30.
To see a preview and some pics of Episodes, just read more
Matt LeBlanc gives his post-Friends career another go in Showtime's upcoming series, Episodes, and he's playing someone who shouldn't be hard to portray: himself! (Or at least it's a version of himself). The show centers around a British couple whose UK hit is turned into a American sitcom with LeBlanc. The problem is that he's constantly butting in with unsolicited advice.
We caught an early promo at the Winter TCA earlier this year, but this new trailer sets up more of the story. Though it's a bit long, it's sure to please Joey fans with at least one "How you doin'?" and a Ross and Rachel reference. As LeBlanc pleads in the preview, "Come on, you gotta help me here. I kind of need this." Indeed, indeed. The series premieres Jan. 9, but take a peek when you read more
From Felicity to Mr. Big's ex-wife, you're sure to recognize some familiar faces popping up in new places on the Fall TV lineup. A few of our favorite Friends are returning in January, while Captain Kirk, Lost-ies, and more are already back on the small screen. Check out the case files on these favorites!