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.