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HBO's ""Entourage"" and the new Showtime series ""Episodes"" have several things in common: The performances are actually good in the series, if only the actors had credible or remotely likable or, Entourage DVD dare we ask, funny characters to play. LeBlanc pokes fun at his old Joey character on ""Friends,"" although he's supposed to be an amoral, womanizing Hollywood shark in real life, or whatever passes for ""real life"" in a show about the entertainment industry. Criminal Minds DVD Mangan and Greig are especially good, except that you don't entirely believe them as a married couple. And because the overall point of the series is that the Lincolns are becoming the very things they purport to despise - Hollywood types - they become unlikable by the final shows of the seven-episode arc, which, in the satirical structure of ""Episodes,"" is actually a good thing. John Pankow is properly repugnant as Merc, and, of course, inevitably reminds us of ""Entourage's"" Ari Gold, but without either the comic shamelessness of the HBO character or Jeremy Piven's superior acting skills. LeBlanc is also terrific, skillfully nudging Joey's how-YOU-doon? Lost DVD cluelessness toward comically Hollywoodized amorality.The most fully realized character and, not coincidentally, the best performance in ""Episodes,"" is Kathleen Rose Perkins' Carol Rance, Cold Case DVD Merc's chief assistant who also happens to be sleeping with him. He would marry her in an instant, she believes, if only his wife, Jamie (Genevieve O'Reilly), hadn't gone blind - a condition that enables Merc to make faces without her knowing it while she's speaking. Cruel as that situation may sound, True Blood DVD it's one of the comic high points of ""Episodes"" because it's so unexpected and so unabashedly childish as only British sitcoms dare to be.