The creators of “Episodes” have often said they envisioned a story that would run for five seasons. Showtime has now made that official.

Production on Season 5 of “Episodes,” which stars Matt LeBlanc, begins this week, and Showtime says that will be it for the series. The final season, which will run for seven episodes, is set to premiere in 2017.

“We have had the best time making this show,” co-creators and  David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik say in a statement. “Showtime has been the opposite of every network we write about. If it were up to them we could go on making ‘Episodes’ forever. But we’ve told the story we set out to tell and we’d never want to outstay our welcome.”

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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