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04.02.2012

GOLDEN GLOBEĀ®* WINNER MATT LEBLANC STARS IN - EPISODES: THE FIRST SEASON

The Critically Acclaimed SHOWTIME® Series Debuts on DVD June 12, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 2, 2012) – They’ve made their way across the Pond only to find that actor Matt LeBlanc is their ticket to Hollywood.  Producing team Sean and Beverly Lincoln may be British television visionaries, but they are in over their heads when their hit show gets an American makeover in EPISODES: THE FIRST SEASON, available on DVD on June 12 from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Catch up on all of the hilarious fun in season one before the second season premieres on July 1 on Showtime.

Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc stars in this “funny as hell” (Newsday) comedy, as the overbearing lead of the Americanized version of a successful British television show.  Whether combating powerful network execs or keeping manipulative stars happy, Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig) must keep it together in order to navigate the shark-infested waters of Hollywood and survive with their careers, their marriage and their sanity intact.  EPISODES: THE FIRST SEASON perfectly blends British and American humor and is “Riotously funny…easily the best new sitcom of the season” (USA Today).  The show also features John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Mircea Monroe.  The series was created and written by two of America’s most successful comedy writers David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You, The Class).

EPISODES: THE FIRST SEASON DVD includes all seven hysterical half-hour episodes of the first season, plus bonus features via E-Bridge technology, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 U.S.

The DVD is presented in widescreen with English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Stereo and Spanish 2.0 Stereo.  The DVD is not rated in the U.S.  The total running time is approximately 202 minutes.  The DVD includes:

Disc One:      

  • Episode One
  • Episode Two
  • Episode Three
  • Episode Four
  • Episode Five
  • Episode Six
  • Episode Seven
  • Special Features:                            
    • Biographies
    • First Two Episodes of “The Borgias” via E-Bridge technology
    • First Two Episodes of “House of Lies” via E-Bridge technology
    • First Two Episodes of “Dexter: The Sixth Season” via E-Bridge technology


CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.  CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.   

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.  

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EPISODES: THE FIRST SEASON ON DVD

Street Date: June 12, 2012

Suggest retail price: $29.99 US

Catalog #: 820714

Runtime: Approximately 202 minutes

U.S. Rating: NR

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Press:

Leslie Ryan
310-264-3406
leslie.ryan@cbs.com