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Showtime Renews 'Web Therapy'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 4:05PM
Web Therapy Season 2Showtime is signing up for more 'Web Therapy' sessions. The cable network has picked up Lisa Kudrow's Internet series for a second season.

The online-turned-TV comedy's second season will consist of at least 10 half-hour episodes set to air in 2012.

"We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of 'Web Therapy,' we really love this version of the show," Kudrow said in a statement. "Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it's a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is ALWAYS fantastically funny. Conan O'Brien is beyond, fantastic, he's a perfect improviser. We're honestly giddy over the people we have for this season."

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Kimberly McCullough Leaves 'General Hospital,' Conan O'Brien Books 'Web Therapy' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2011 10:25AM
Kimberly McCullough Leaves General HospitalKimberly McCullough is leaving 'General Hospital.'

According to Soap Opera Digest, McCullough will be seen on the ABC soap until early 2012. McCullough joined 'General Hospital' in 2005. The actress intends to pursue directing.

"Expect a poignant and must watch storyline for Robin and Patrick," a show rep told Soap Opera Digest.

McCullough's exit comes hot on the heels of Jonathan Jackson's departure. The veteran 'GH' player will leave the soap in December.

In other casting news ...

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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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Ferguson Tells Lisa Kudrow About a Laxative Salad on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2011 7:04AM
Lisa Kudrow, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Sometimes you get the chance to listen in on some very important conversations about very important things on late night talk shows. More often you'll hear celebrities shilling their latest project. But it's only on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) that you could watch Lisa Kudrow and Craig Ferguson talk about salad.

It's not just any salad they're talking about, though. According to Ferguson, he had lunch with Courteney Cox, and she recommended a salad to him "because it makes you poop."

"There's a salad that makes you poop?" Kudrow asked in surprised. After determining where this magical salad was, she said, "That's never happened to me. I mean, I've had that salad and ... nothing unusual."

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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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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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Leah Remini Reminisces With Lisa Kudrow About Her 'Friends' Guest Appearance (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 2nd 2011 5:30PM
Lisa Kudrow on 'The Talk'Before she had a hit show of her own with 'King of Queens,' Leah Remini did a guest spot on the first season of 'Friends.' She had fond memoires of the appearance, and got the chance to reminisce about it with Lisa Kudrow on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS).

Remini thought the cast was great, and they apparently enjoyed her, too. "Usually when you're stars like that at a top ten show, immediately number one, you know, you figure, they're all going to be jerks," said Remini. "They were the nicest cast. Like, every guest star that came on the show, they were like, come sit with us. They were the sweetest, most generous cast."

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Lisa Kudrow Confused by Dick Cheney Comments on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 29th 2011 5:08AM
Lisa Kudrow, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Only on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) would you get a question like Craig Ferguson asked Lisa Kudrow. "Would you ever go hunting a human, just for sport?"

Kudrow insisted she would never do such a thing because she's "a decent person." So Ferguson upped the ante. Now, would she do it if no one would ever know about it and it was specifically someone that she absolutely hates?

For Kudrow, though, it was more than just morality. "I'm afraid of hunting," she explained. "It's people with guns. Anything can happen." She used Dick Cheney's hunting accident as an example.

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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 Talks About Her Vassar Commencement Address With Regis and Kelly (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 15th 2011 3:45PM
Lisa Kudrow on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Lisa Kudrow isn't an idiot, but she used to play one on TV. She spoke Friday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated) about returning to her alma matter Vassar College to give the school's commencement address last year, despite the fact that her most well-known character, Phoebe from 'Friends,' may not be the best embodiment of a Vassar education.

"I apologized to all the parents in the audience that you have this person who played who played an idiot on a sitcom sending your children into their future," said Kudrow. Kelly Ripa pointed out that it takes a smart person to play an idiot convincingly, and Kudrow agreed.

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