Showtime's Web Therapy: Can Three Minutes of Psychoanalysis Cure What Ails You?

Lisa Kudrow's Dr. Fiona Wallice thinks so.

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At one time, Lisa Kudrow was in danger of being typecast as the quintessential ditzy blonde. Her role as Phoebe Buffay on Friends put her on the “dumb blonde” map and her role as Michele Weinberger in the film Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion nearly stuck there for good.

Not content to stick with what appeared to be her calling, Kudrow continued to work in the business, proving she could play more than incarnations of Phoebe Buffay. In 2008, Kudrow launched an original, innovative online comedy series entitled Web Therapy in which she plays Dr. Fiona Wallice, a “self-professed psychotherapist who treats patients via webcam in sessions way too brief to ever make any progress in her clients’ lives.” She believes the sessions to be more effective than the “traditional 50-minute talk-a-thons” that are the standard in the psychoanalytic world.

Wallice is not what you’d call a top drawer therapist. Between rolling her eyes in frustration, giving meaningless personal data, and interrupting, she rarely does her patients much good.

Taking a cue from HBO’s hit comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Web Therapy actors were given a script framework but permitted to ad lib their performances with hilarious and often unpredictable results.

The show became a hit, lasting three seasons and garnering accolades from viewers and critics alike.

Now SHOWTIME has picked up Web Therapy and will air a minimum of ten half-hour episodes that will include additional new material to be shot. You can add it to the list of highly amusing yet unconventional sitcoms that networks like SHOWTIME are known for.
 
Web Therapy's season one begins with “Click To Start,” premiering on SHOWTIME, July 19 at 11:00 PM ET.

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