Matt LeBlanc Comeback in Sitcom Genre Nearly After a Decade with CBS comedy
Matt LeBlanc, an American actor, who’s once famous for his dim-witted womanizing actor Joey Tribbiani on highly rated NBC sitcom ‘Friends’ is back in the sitcom genre after a decade. LeBlanc really does seem to be a ‘Man With a Plan’.
In the new series that is premiering Monday evening, LeBlanc is appearing as Adam Burns, a Pittsburgh area contractor, who agrees to spend more time at home with his three children (2 daughters and a son) when his nurse wife Andi (played by Liza Snyder) returns to the work.
— Man With A Plan (@ManWithAPlan) October 18, 2016
LeBlanc hasn’t exactly been idle since taking a 5-year break following the cancellation of the Friends spin-off, ‘Joey’, after two seasons in 2006. Since 2011, LeBlanc has played a fictionalized character of himself on BBC/Showtime series Episodes. The series will air it’s 5th or final season next year.
Last month, he signed a 2-year deal to host motoring show, Top Gear after the first season as a presenter on the long-running British sitcom, airing on BBC America. Now Chris Evans has replaced.
The television host, talked to the New York Post about Man With a Plan, concurrently shooting two different shows on and about Top Gear & the final season of Episodes.
When asked about his schedules, he answered simply saying “It’s tricky”. He continued, “The sitcom is three weeks on, one week off, which is the general place of a sitcom, to give the writers a chance to stay ahead of production. So I that one week off I travel. We shoot Man With a Plan on Friday night then I leave Saturday morning for Top Gear. I get to London late Saturday/early Sunday, work that whole week then come back to Los Angeles the following Monday for Man With a Plan.”
LeBlanc stopped by for a conversation with E! News on the red carpet event at 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, where he said that memories of his old stints were what brought him back to a multi-cam comedy world after 5 seasons as the star of Showtime’s Episodes.
The former Friends star quips about the show, “It’s bizarre show about bananas and manipulation.” When tasked to summarize the premise of the sitcom using 6 randomly selected words, LeBlanc said, “It’s a show about parenting, for parents.”
On the show, Adam (played by LeBlanc) isn’t used to spending much time with his children, mainly when they are not around WiFi. This situation leads to a few adjustments to Adam’s plans like “Man With a Plan”.