Matt LeBlanc's Inside-Hollywood Sitcom Is Almost Good
Episodes (Sunday - Showtime, 10:30pm) remains distinguished, mostly, by Matt LeBlanc’s
gameness in playing a jaundiced, utterly self-absorbed version of
himself, the classic stereotype of a sitcom star with an oversized ego
(and at least in the show, other appendages as well). There is truth, as
well as some fun, in moments like the former Friends star chafing at
being downgraded to the second guest spot on The Tonight Show (Jay
Leno, naturally, appears in a cameo as himself) – or his pained
expression when someone says “back when you were hot,” reflecting
showbiz’s cruel little indignities.
Beyond that, though, the storytelling gets diluted by one caricature
after another, trafficking in the illusion of sophistication about the
eccentricities of Hollywood.