Showtime/BBC Co-Production ‘Episodes’ Renewed For Fifth Season

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Episodes S4Showtime and BBC Two have renewed their Matt le Blanc fronted comedy series Episodes for a fifth season, TVWise has learned.

Nine episodes have been ordered for the new season, matching the episode orders the show has received since its sophomore run back in 2012. Production on season five is set to get underway in London in 2016.

Created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes follows Sean and Beverly Lincoln, two award winning British TV producers who move to Hollywood to adapt their comedy series, Lyman’s Boys, for US television. The comedy series is a co-production between the BBC and Showtime and stars Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.

The renewal comes some three months after the fourth season of Episodes wrapped its run on Showtime and mere weeks after the same season began airing in the UK on BBC Two. It is understood that the delay in securing a renewal was due to the BBC, who were waiting to see the overnights for season four before signing on for more episodes.

“We are so pleased to continue working with David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, two of the sharpest creative minds in comedy, along with the incredibly talented cast, led by Matt LeBlanc,” said David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks. “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.”