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Best new show of 2011: 'Episodes'


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Actor Matt LeBlanc speaks onstage during the "Episodes" panel during the 2010 Summer TCA Tour Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Credit: Getty/

 I keep getting asked by people what the best new show of 2011 so far is - OK, one person asked; I think it was my dentist - and I am now happy to announce the winner is Showtime's "Episodes."

  It bows Sunday. It is brilliant. Matt LeBlanc - you've heard of  him, right? Ditto. Everything about this show works. And I do mean everything. Take a look at the trailer, which I am sorry to say does not do this series full justice.

  Quickie overview: About two Brit TV scribes who are lured to the U.S. to adapt their hit show and have Matt LeBlanc - "Joey??!!" - shoved down their gullets by the network entertainment prez for the lead. Stars Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig - remember these names because they, or at least Greig, will get Emmy noms - and John Pankow. 

  Written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik - "Friends" and "Mad about You," respectively.

  A winner... 

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