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TV Outlook Matt LeBlanc launches a new season of 'Episodes'

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Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012 6:00 am

When we left Matt LeBlanc last time on "Episodes," his life was a mess, and he dragged everyone else down with him.

Playing a version of himself, LeBlanc is lonely and self-destructive to an oddly hilarious degree. He'll use any woman in his path and end up ruining many friendships as a result.

Elsewhere, he'd be run out of town. But since this is Tinsel Town, his success as a star on "Friends" allows him to get away with outrageousness.

(In real life, "Episodes" is earning LeBlanc some of his most positive notices, a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination.)

"Episodes" ended a year and a half ago, with LeBlanc crossing one line too many: Seducing the head writer/producer of his comeback series and tearing her marriage to his best friend apart.

The new season's launch (10:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Showtime) follows LeBlanc trying to make amends -- without much success. He offers cars to the husband and wife he has hurt, hoping he can buy away their hatred.

His character's new series (titled "Pucks!"), about the coach of a teen boys' hockey team, is about to debut. Critics hate it, but the executives behind it are keeping the faith (although its opposition is a sitcom about a talking dog).

Meanwhile, LeBlanc's libido keeps getting a workout. The blind wife of his show's top executive puts the moves on him.

LeBlanc, who should know better by now, allows her to keep throwing her hands all over him.

Despite his most recent travails, LeBlanc still has a lot to learn.

Other highlights for the week of July 1-7 (listings subject to change; check local listings):


-- "Weeds" (10 p.m., Showtime). It's been a buzz kill for years now, but the marijuana comedy with Mary-Louise Parker will finally take its last puff this season.

-- "Shark Wranglers" (10 p.m., History). The work of world-class fishermen and ocean explorers working with sharks is profiled in this high-stakes reality series.


-- "Four Houses" (10 p.m., TLC). Four proud homeowners are invited to look over each other's homes and give their opinions, hoping their insight will garner them $10,000 and a feature in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

-- "Web Therapy" (11 p.m., Showtime). Lisa Kudrow's comedy about a webcam-based therapist returns for a new season with guest stars such as Minnie Driver and Conan O'Brien.


-- "Ann Rutherford Marathon" (TCM). The recently deceased actress from Hollywood's golden age is paid her due. The all-day event begins at 6 a.m., concluding with an 8 p.m. screening of 1939's "Gone with the Wind."


-- "Twilight Zone Marathon" (8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Syfy). In a holiday tradition, the iconic series once again lets us declare our independence from mundane television.

-- "A Capitol Fourth" (8 p.m., PBS). Tom Bergeron, host of "Dancing with the Stars," is the new host of this celebration, airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips is among those slated to perform.

-- "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" (9 p.m., NBC). Kenny Chesney and Katy Perry are scheduled to perform. The show airs live from New York City.

-- "America's Lost Treasures" (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel). Could you have a museum-worthy item in your house of junk? Maybe this series from producer Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch") will point you in the right direction.

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