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Fiona Dodges the SEC on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 14th 2011 3:15PM
Fiona Wallace and a client on 'Web Therapy'Holding therapy sessions via Webcam has its own unique set of problems. You never know who could walk into your client's den or office and disrupt client-patient confidentiality. Fiona Wallace was in the midst of a session with her client, Robert Lachman, when they were rudely interrupted on 'Web Therapy' (Tuesdays, 11PM on Showtime).

The conversation was starting to get a bit intimate. "You can be my spokesperson without violating my trust," said Lachman. "I'm a very sick man." He didn't sound sick, in a medical sense. "I promise I won't violate you in any way that you don't want to be violated," Wallace replied.

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Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow Fight on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 7th 2011 8:10AM
'Web Therapy' S01/E08It was a 'Friends' reunion of sorts on last night's 'Web Therapy' (Tues., 11PM ET on SHO) as Courteney Cox stopped by.

She played Serena Duvall, an Internet psychic who wanted Fiona's (Lisa Kudrow) help regaining her abilities. To this end, she invited Fiona onto an episode of 'Tyra,' and that's where it all started to go horribly, horribly wrong.

Fiona was angry because thought she'd been invited onto the show as a member of the panel of web professionals, only to find that she was seated in the audience as a "plant" to show off what she referred to as Serena's "fake powers."

An irate Serena asked her, "Did you really think that you would be up there with the other professionals? The sex worker, the webfomercial spokesperson? Really? Those are professional jobs. What do you do? Give advice? I see the future!"

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Fiona Gets Kamal Deported to Avoid Paying Him on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2011 6:44AM
'Web Therapy' - 'Exposed!'Fiona is easily one of the most despicable people on television, and yet she's the star of 'Web Therapy' (Tue., 11PM ET on Showtime). Of course, after meeting her mother it's not hard to see why she's so self-absorbed and horrible, but her behavior on the show has been absolutely abhorrent.

Just this week she got one of her clients fired from his job after she coerced him into looking up her husband's credit card transactions. She then took it a step further and had Kamal, the guy who helped set up her computer systems, deported back to India by his parents so she wouldn't have to pay him.

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Fiona Finds Out Shocking Secrets About Her Husband on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 5:42AM
'Web Therapy' - 'We've Got a Secret'It was a night of revelations for Fiona on 'Web Therapy' (Tue., 11PM ET on Showtime). Were she not such a narcissist, you might actually be concerned for the emotional turmoil she must have been going through.

First, she finds out that has has an older half-Vietnamese brother, and that her mother intends to shower him with the money Fiona's been wanting to build up her web therapy "modality." Then, one of her patients reveals in no uncertain terms that she'll be sleeping with Fiona's husband.

But that was only the tip of the iceberg, as she spoke again with the patient, Robin, who said that Fiona's husband had no interest in her after all. "He said that he only hit on me to begin with because he thought I was a transvestite!" she sobbed.

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A Testimonial Turns Into a Heavy Flirting Session on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 17th 2011 5:11AM
'Web Therapy' - 'Shrinking and Growing'Fiona continued to forge ahead on making her new modality of 'Web Therapy' (Tue., 11PM ET on Showtime) a success by having some of her clients and friends film testimonials on her behalf. But things didn't go so well when she had Gina on to do hers.

The problem was that Fiona's tech assistant Kamal was on her side, causing a distraction. The two started up a pretty intense flirting session after Kamal found out Gina broke up with her boyfriend for not having enough sex with her.

Also, as a stereotypical blonde bimbo, Gina ends every sentence with a question mark, and gets distracted almost constantly. Still her testimonial proved better than the lengthy one with a client who spent more time thanking his girlfriend than talking about Fiona, then fought with her and then got aroused.

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An Enraged Jane Lynch Hurls Candy at Fiona on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 10th 2011 6:20AM
'Web Therapy'Things didn't go so well for Fiona (Lisa Kudrow) in an online therapy session this week on 'Web Therapy' (Tue., 11PM ET on Showtime)

Jane Lynch
guest-starred as Claire Dudek, a business-savvy woman with major anger and control issues.

She took Fiona's advice but things didn't work out as planned and she lost a lot of business as a result.

As an uncomfortable Fiona looked-on via her webcam, Claire started smashing up her office, whilst screaming a -- rather restrained we feel -- "dagnabbit!"

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Lisa Kudrow Explains the Inspiration For Her New Series 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 4th 2011 3:53AM
Lisa Kudrow, 'Chelsea Lately'The idea behind 'Web Therapy' is completely ludicrous, which is exactly why Lisa Kudrow developed it. She explained on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) the train of thought that lead to the original web series.

"People do just about everything on the Internet that's intimate and maybe very personal, and maybe they shouldn't," she said. "So I just thought the dumbest thing in the world would be to do therapy on the Internet."

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A Friend and Luck Helps Fiona Land Investors for Her 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:45AM
'Web Therapy' - 'Shrink Rap'Lisa Kudrow has taken the leap from the Internet to television with 'Web Therapy' (Tue., 11PM ET on Showtime). The series has run for three seasons online and was recently re-purposed by Showtime, with additional scenes being filmed, for a ten-episode first season.

It's certainly a unique presentation, with everything being seen from the vantage points of web cameras pointed at Fiona (Kudrow) and her various friends and patients as she tries to establish a new therapy modality of three-minute sessions over the web.

After a disastrous test session with Ted, a psychologist and representative from her former employers and potential investors, fortune dropped in Fiona's lap thanks to an unexpected chat with her friend, who is also the receptionist where she used to work.

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Fiona Mistakes Kamal's Small Talk for Flirting on 'Web Therapy' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 27th 2011 6:45PM
Maulik Pancholy and Lisa Kudrow on 'Web Therapy'As a therapist, you'd think Fiona Wallice would be better at picking up signals. But that wasn't the case on 'Web Therapy' (Tuesdays, 11PM on Showtime), as Wallice (Lisa Kudrow) mistook her IT guy's small nicety for flirting, which led to an awkward conversation.

Wallice told Kamal Prakash (Maulik Pancholy) that he looked handsome, and he replied that she looked "nice as well." Wallice said, "I think that's about enough of that. All right?" and made it clear she was married. Prakash then made it clear he worked for her husband, so he knew that already. "Yes," said Wallice. "Right. So. We'll just keep this between us."

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Lisa Kudrow Talks About Moving 'Web Therapy' to TV (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:30PM
Lisa Kudrow talks about 'Web Therapy' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Adapting a Web series for TV comes with its own unique set of advantages and drawbacks. Lisa Kudrow is familiar with the process, having just moved her 'Web Therapy' show from the Internet to Showtime, adapting it from short segments to a 30-minute weekly format. It was surprisingly easy, she said Wednesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC).

"We always had some kind of narrative going that, I think when you just watch one Webisode online, you miss that," said Kudrow. "And that's fine, because they were built to stand alone. But when you can put them together in a half-hour form, you can see the narrative more, and it actually works as a half-hour TV show. We were so thrilled."

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When TV Works Online: Web Series We've Actually Heard Of

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 19th 2011 1:00PM


Lisa Kudrow's new comedy 'Web Therapy' debuts this week on Showtime, and if the title didn't tip you off, the show is a 30-minute reworking of a web series Kudrow started in 2008. The simple premise worked beautifully in the miniature format.

Kudrow plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who thinks 50 minutes is too long for a therapy session, and conducts her mini-sessions via webcam. Of course, like most of Kudrow's characters, Wallice is self-centred, mean, and not all that well-informed. (I don't know why Kudrow insists on creating such unlikeable alter-egos for herself, but that's another column.) The trick will be to see if whatever charm the original held is maintained in a 30-minute format.

I'm going to be totally honest here -- I had never heard of 'Web Therapy' until it got picked up for television. Am I completely out of touch? Was the whole world watching this and nobody mentioned it to me? Or are you just as surprised as I am to hear that Kudrow has been regularly employed -- and winning Webby Awards -- for the last four years?

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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.

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Lisa Kudrow Talks 'Cougar Town,' Botox and 'Web Therapy'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 6th 2010 9:00AM
Best known as ditzy blonde Phoebe Buffay on seminal sitcom 'Friends,' Lisa Kudrow has continued her post-'Friends' career not only in popular films ('P.S. I Love You,' 'Powder Blue') but also taking on production and development roles, first with the short-lived HBO show 'The Comeback' and now with an online series called 'Web Therapy.'

Kudrow pulled in her old friend Courteney Cox for a guest spot on 'Web Therapy' and now she's returning the favor by appearing on 'Cougar Town' this week. Kudrow plays Dr. Amy Evans, a dermatologist who gives Jules Cobb a hard time about her decision to try and look younger.

Inside TV talked to Kudrow about 'Web Therapy,' producing shows and working with her 'Friend' again.

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Another Friends reunion ... sort of

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 23rd 2009 1:02PM
FriendsThe media never turns down a chance to advertise a "reunion" of the cast of NBC's Friends, even when it's only two cast members appearing in the same show. Courtney Cox will be guest-starring on Web Therapy, an online-only show produced by L Studio starring Lisa Kudrow.

I recall when Jennifer Aniston guest-starred on the two-seasoned FX series Dirt which starred Courteney Cox. That was subliminally billed as a Friends reunion as well.

One could argue that this is a cheap marketing ploy, and that person would be correct. It could be one that works, though. I haven't watched Web Therapy, but the premise seems interesting and it's certainly the sort of role Lisa Kudrow could pull off.

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