The upcoming fifth season of Showtime’s Episodes will be its last.
Premiering in 2011, Matt LeBlanc’s critically lauded series hilariously detailed the behind-the-scenes inner workings of the entertainment industry and garnered 10 Emmy nominations, as well as a 2012 Best Actor Golden Globe for LeBlanc.
While the cancellation of the popular series may disappoint some fans, co-creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik said in a statement that they’d never want to outstay their welcome.
“We have had the best time making this show. Showtime has been the opposite of every network we write about,” Crane and Klarik said. “If it were up to them we could go on making Episodes forever. But we’ve told the story we set out to tell and we’d never want to outstay our welcome.”
The final season will consist of seven episodes and feature LeBlanc as the host of a wildly successful game show titled The Box.
“Episodes’ scathing portrait of network executives has kept me on my best behavior these last several years, for which I am grudgingly grateful to Jeffrey and David,” said Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine. “I love this show and can’t wait to see what comic heights Matt and company will scale during the fifth and final season of our inspired series.”
While LeBlanc’s critically acclaimed series may be coming to an end, the former Friends actor will star opposite Jenna Fischer in an upcoming untitled multi-cam comedy for CBS. Variety reports that the series will revolve around a contractor (LeBlanc) who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife (Fischer) goes back to work.
The fifth and final season of Episodes is slated for a 2017 debut.