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Episodes returns with crazier characters, strained relationships

Published on Jan 12, 2014 6:14 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Who knew that making a television comedy would be so stressful?

Strained marriages and friendships are put to the test as Showtime's satirical comedy Episodes delivers more of the narcissistic actors, crazy network heads and chaotic situations that dominate Hollywood's television industry.

Episodes, developed by Friends creator David Crane and partner Jeffrey Klarik, follows the journey of married British couple Sean and Beverly Lincoln, who come to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV show for a United States (US) audience.

But season one showed the couple battling the dysfunctional personalities running Hollywood's television industry, who change the show to a sitcom called Pucks starring Friends actor Matt LeBlanc. LeBlanc plays an acidic version of himself in the show and becomes good friend with Sean. In season two, the couple become estranged after Beverly has an affair with Matt.

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