When Matt LeBlanc decided to return to network TV in a multicamera sitcom – and then said sitcom landed a plum Monday night berth, near his former Friends co-star Matthew Perry’s The Odd Couple – the whole thing “felt like coming home again.”
|Matt LeBlanc with his new TV wife, Yes, Dear's Liza Snyder,|
in CBS' new sitcom Man with a Plan.
Now, more than a decade after last playing the perennially single Joey Tribbiani, LeBlanc is Adam Burns, a Pittsburgh contractor who agrees to spend more time raising his kids – manipulative pre-teen Kate (Grace Kaufman), middle son Teddy (Matthew McCann) and brand new kindergartener Emme (Hala Finley) -- when his wife returns to work. “Picking them up from school, making their lunches in the morning – Adam realizes straightaway on the first day that he hates all that,” LeBlanc explains. “It becomes a big point of contention between him and his wife, and that’s where the comedy is.”
Created by former That ‘70s Show showrunners Jeff and Jackie Filgo, Man With a Plan is the first chance the actor, a real-life father of two adult sons and a 12-year old daughter, has had to play both a dad and a spouse. “Being a parent is a really fun thing, and I’ve had a great time doing it,” LeBlanc says. “I think if you have a funny bone, and can laugh at your kids, that’s a fun place for a show to be.”
LeBlanc says he’s proud of the healthy and supportive marriage with wife Andi (Liza Snyder) at the center of the show – and yet, Adam still feels the need to scheme behind her back with two newfound confidants and co-conspirators, fellow parents Lowell (Matt Cook) and Marie (Jessica Chaffin). It turns out, the trio is able to come up with some unorthodox methods to control today’s entitled, unruly spawn. “We live in a very politically correct world, especially regarding parenting,” LeBlanc explains. “At school, other parents have so many rules, specifying that everything has to be non-GMO and organic. I had none of that growing up, and I’m sure neither did Adam. So Adam is a little less PC than most guys – and I’m ready to have fun watching him fumble his way through that world.”
Mondays at 8:30 PM Eastern
Begins October 24