Matt LeBlanc: 'Episodes' season 2 is 'broader, grosser and fouler' (Video)
Matt LeBlanc gushed to OnTheRedCarpet.com about season 2 of his Showtime series "Episodes," saying that the new season is going to be "broader, grosser and fouler."
"It's longer," LeBlanc told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Did nine [episodes] this year, we did seven the first year. I think the first year of the show, you have a lot of exposition, a lot of pipe to lay story-wise, you have to sort of develop the world the characters live in - that work is done."
"So going into the second season of any show you kind of get a little bit more leash, so you can kind of explore the characters and the relationships a little more - there's less exposition," LeBlanc continued. "That's kind of what happened - it's a little bigger, a little broader, a little less politically correct, a little fouler, a little grosser - a little more of everything."
"Episodes" debuted in early 2011 and sees LeBlanc playing a caricature of himself: an actor looking to revive his career. He is cast on a new show based on a U.K. series by a British couple, played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.
The pair moves to Los Angeles to launch the new program and soon find that their new posh lifestyle and show are not what they imagined them to be. Things get more complicated when they are forced to cast LeBlanc, who gets under the wife's skin.
The 44-year-old actor went on to explain how for the second season of the series, there was a lot more pressure.
"It's great, it's the little show that could," LeBlanc said. "It's gained a little bit of momentum - it's a lot of fun, great writing, great cast, everyone's really behind it, 'Episodes' on Showtime - seem to be a good fit for it. There was a lot of pressure - they were all lookin' at me like he aint all that. A lot of jokes on set - but it was a huge honor, and it was good."
In July 2011, it was announced that 'Episodes' had been renewed for a second season. The new season airs on Sunday, July 1, at 10:30 p.m.
LeBlanc, formerly of "Friends," was nominated for the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his role on the show, marking his fourth nomination. The actor was previously nominated for three Emmys for his role as Joey Tribbiani, a struggling actor and ladies man with a heart of gold, on the popular NBC sitcom "Friends," which aired between 1994 and 2004 and also starred Jennifer Aniston.
The actress played Joey's roommate and brief love interest, although Joey mostly lived with his best friend Chandler, played by Matthew Perry. Joey was known for his pick-up line and catchphrase, "How you doin'?." He was an avid junk food lover and particular enjoyed meatball sandwiches and pizza. He kept napkins for take-out meals in a special place in his apartment - the floor. The actor talked about how it'll be hard to ever match the success of "Friends."
"I mean in terms of success it's kind of hard to beat that," LeBlanc said. "That was an opportunity of a lifetime - I feel fortunate, anything else just feels like gravy on top of that, I feel blessed."
LeBlanc reprised the role on "Joey," a spin-off based on his character, which aired for two seasons.
"After Joey, I didn't feel like working," LeBlanc told the UK newspaper "The Independent" in January. "I have a 6-year-old daughter. I'd take her to school and be her dad and see friends and just goof around. Also, I was burnt out after 12 years playing the same guy."
The actor said David Crane, his friend and co-creator of "Friends," convinced him to star in "Episodes." LeBlance's daughter, Marina, is now 7. Her mother, Missy McKnight, and LeBlanc divorced in 2006 after three years of marriage.
LeBlanc began his on-screen acting career in the late 1980s and early 1990s, appearing shows such as "TV 101," "Top of the Heap," "Married With Children" and "Red Shoe Diaries." He appeared in the 1996 comedy film "Ed" and in the 1998 film adaptation of the sci-fi show "Lost In Space."
He also appeared in the movie "Charlie's Angels" in 2000 and in its 2003 sequel.