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Lisa Kudrow Returns to Primetime Comedy at Showtime

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 22nd 2010 9:15AM
Courteney Cox is whooping it up in 'Cougar Town,' Matthew Perry is shooting a pilot that may find him joining her at ABC, Matt LeBlanc is returning to the tube at Showtime, and now, Lisa Kudrow is joining her 'Friends' in a return to primetime comedy.

Showtime has reportedly picked up Kudrow's online series 'Web Therapy,' in which she plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who gives her patients advice via a Webcam. The dark comedy revolves around the very self-interested Fiona, who thinks three minutes of Web therapy is better than 50 minutes of in-person therapy, since, to her way of thinking, regular sessions mostly consist of patients going off on irrelevant tangents.

Fiona hopes her online sessions can spark a worldwide revolution in how people seek psychiatric care, and her motives to build her brand are usually evident in her interactions with her patients.Courteney Cox is whooping it up in 'Cougar Town,' Matthew Perry is shooting a pilot that may find him joining her at ABC, Matt LeBlanc is returning to the tube at Showtime, and now, Lisa Kudrow is joining her 'Friends' in a return to primetime comedy.

Showtime has reportedly picked up Kudrow's online series 'Web Therapy,' in which she plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who gives her patients advice via a Webcam. The dark comedy revolves around the very self-interested Fiona, who thinks three minutes of Web therapy is better than 50 minutes of in-person therapy, since, to her way of thinking, regular sessions mostly consist of patients going off on irrelevant tangents.

Fiona hopes her online sessions can spark a worldwide revolution in how people seek psychiatric care, and her motives to build her brand are usually evident in her interactions with her patients.

The improvised series has also been a vehicle for guest appearances by comedians and Kudrow pals like Victor Garber, Bob Balaban, 'Glee' star Jane Lynch, Steven Weber, Alan Cumming, 'Parks and Recreation' and 'The Office' star Rashida Jones and Courteney Cox.

The 45 online shorts are five-to-10 minutes each, and the network plans to package three of them together to make one TV episode, and has also ordered new content to pad out the TV installments.

"I'm a huge Lisa Kudrow fan, and I think it's a clever show she's put together," Showtime honcho Robert Greenblatt says. "It's a great little coup for us."

The Showtime pick-up means Kudrow, who recently guest starred on 'Cougar Town' and is still missed by some fans in her short-lived HBO comedy 'The Comeback' ("I don't want to see that!"), will have two series in primetime this year. Her NBC reality series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' -- in which celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields research their family trees -- has been given the thumbs up for a second season.

'Web Therapy' is set to debut on Showtime by the end of the year, but meanwhile, the recent 'Friends' resurgence on the tube begs one question: Ross and Rachel, where are you?

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