The BBC is reducing their level of investment in Episodes.
After co-producing the show for the past four seasons for BBC Two, the corporation has dropped out as a co-production partner, Deadline reports. Representatives of the BBC did not immediately respond to TVWise’s request for comment.
With the BBC backing out, Showtime will be assuming responsibility for the production costs of the show, which is produced by UK indie Hat Trick Productions. It is not immediately clear if the show will return to is previous production base in London, where the vast majority of the first four seasons were shot.
UK fans of the series should not fret, however, as the BBC does intend to air the fifth and likely final season on BBC Two in 2016. To that end, the public service broadcaster is expected to enter talks with international distributor Hat Trick International to acquire the new season.
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 stars Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig. The nine episode fifth season is expected to debut on Showtime in 2016.