British writer-producers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), have a wonderful marriage and a hit TV series to their credit. Things couldn't be better. Until Merc ... See full summary »
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 Matt LeBlanc (43 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Beverly Lincoln (43 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Sean Lincoln (43 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Merc Lapidus (33 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Carol Rance (33 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Morning Randolph (32 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Andy Button (22 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Myra Licht (22 episodes, 2011-2015)
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British writer-producers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), have a wonderful marriage and a hit TV series to their credit. Things couldn't be better. Until Merc Lapidus (John Pankow), a Hollywood network executive, gushes over their series at a gala. Merc is certain that a remake of the show will go over well with an American audience. After making the Lincolns a lucrative offer, they pack up and ship out to the States. It doesn't take long for them to figure out that Hollywood is a place where deals are made and broken in the same breath. They soon find themselves holding on tight as creative control of their show starts to slip away from their hands. Merc ultimately dismisses the original star, an elder, distinguished, gentleman, for 'Friends' actor 'Matt LeBlanc', a charming, yet manipulative beast, with a grocery list of demands. Hollywood is not what the Lincolns had in mind, but Sean believes he can swim with the sharks. As for Beverly, she'd rather go ... Written by Jordan Ray Allen

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10 January 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

While the first episode wasn't the greatest, it set up the story of the show and the second episode was great from start to finish. The humour is dry and is a mix of British and US humour, but it's definitely heavier with the British humour. The head of comedy was brilliant. The head of comedy is one of those blonde bimbo's you see on TV that just say "that's so funny" instead of actually laughing.

To the people that say that the main characters have no chemistry, have you ever seen any married couple on UK TV. That's how they act. Married couples have their ups and downs, they act realistically. Do you want them to act like they have just met and they are so in love. Married life contains struggles and compromise. I think they conveyed this perfectly.

After watching the show, I do worry that most Americans will struggle to get the humour, which in reality is what this show is all about. Showcasing the difference in humour and the difficulty in creating a show that is brilliant in one country, but completely lost in another.


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