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Introducing Web Therapy Season 2

June 23rd, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

In a time of Twitter and Facebook, who has time to commit to a full, 50-minute therapy session? That’s where Fiona Wallice (Lisa Kudrow) comes in: she offers her unique style of therapy in short, three-minute sessions via Video Chat. In Season 1 of Web Therapy, we were introduced to Fiona’s first batch of clients — including Jane Lynch and Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones. Today, the start of Season 2 premieres on Hulu, kicking off with “Gossip Girl,” where Fiona meets a new client: a self-diagnosed exercise-bulimic. We asked star Lisa Kudrow to tell us more about the web series and let us what’s in store for Season 2; her guest blog entry is below. — Rebecca Harper (rebecca.harper@hulu.com), Editor

From Web Therapy‘s Lisa Kudrow:
A few years ago Dan Bucatinsky (producing partner, great writer and actor) and I were asked if we wanted to “come up” with something for the Internet, a web series. My answer was immediate and definite.

“No. I do NOT have any ideas, nor do I feel like ‘coming up’ with one, thank you.”

Later I thought, “Why would I want to come up with some sitcom idea that would be broken up into 5-minute segments for the web? I don’t want to do that… Anyway, if it’s on the web, it should be something about the web to justify how short it is… Oh! You know what could be funny? A person thinking it’s a good idea to practice therapy like on iChat for 3-minute sessions. That’s the dumbest thing in the world!”

All right, so I now I did have an idea. Dan thought it was funny and was being pursued by Lexus to discuss ideas. They offered to underwrite the production and we didn’t have to strategically place a Lexus SUV Hybrid somewhere inside the therapist’s office. That was good. Their content producers, Intelligent Life Productions, said we had complete creative freedom. Huh. You don’t get that … ever.

Don Roos (ridiculously talented writer and director), who works with us on certain projects, offered to work on creating it with us, writing the outlines with me for the actors to improvise off of, and he said he would DIRECT them.

So Don and Dan guided me and the 15 episodes into a layered exploration of our therapist, Fiona Wallice, and her almost pathological need to self-promote and blossom her new 3-minute “treatment modality.” As the season unfolds, we see this questionably credentialed Fiona manipulate clients to serve her ego, her interests and her ambition to hook wrest development funds from her former employers at Lachman Bros., where she was some kind of mid-level investment finance person.

To cast it, I asked some favors, and a lot of actors want to work with Don and Dan (as do I), and I think that’s how we got Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban, Tim Bagley, Rashida Jones, Drew Sherman and Patty Guggenheim. Dan, of course, we already knew we could count on.

So that’s how it got started, even though you didn’t ask. Well then, to anyone who’s still reading … now it’s on Hulu which is great, because even I watch Hulu, so that means everyone else has been watching for a while now. In Internet time, “a while now” must mean a week and half?

Soon, you’ll be able to see more of Season 2, which gets into Fiona’s personal life as she struggles with her marriage while still carrying on her shameless attempt at self-promotion. For this second season we have Julie Claire, Dan Bucatinsky returns, Steven Weber, Courteney Cox Arquette and Alan Cumming. Yes, it’s an exciting cast and we’re very lucky. We also have a couple of surprise appearances that — never mind, you’ll see.

We actually got good reviews from THE New York Times and THE Entertainment Weekly and THE others. We hope you like the “award-winning” Web Therapy . Yes, it’s already an award-winning show — I mean, web series. — Lisa Kudrow

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  • Paula says:

    Haven´t you guys posted any more episodes of the series after episode 15 of session 2? I miss having fun with Web Therapy. I need my therapy!

  • Dave Parke says:

    VERY FUNNY

  • ZarvesG says:

    Kudrow stars as Dr. Fiona Wallice, a therapist of dubious reputation. Fiona is tired of listening to her patients drone on and on about their dreams and feelings; she has reduced all of her sessions to short 3 minute web meetings. You can tell right away that Fiona is a horrible therapist and cares little for her patients. The concept for the show is fresh and original, and Kudrow portrays her character very well. What makes the show really interesting is that she is always drawn in by something that the patient has that can help her advance her career. Each episode is short (4-6 minutes long) with each client taking 3 episodes to resolve.

    What I found the most amusing was the irony in Fiona’s advice which essentially consists of her saying a lot of nothing; despite this she complains when her clients do the same with their dreams or thoughts. The characters in the show are fairly well developed and the acting is solid. Season 2 is supposed to focus more on character development and Fiona’s failing marriage. There were only a few episodes that I thought fell flat, the rest were well executed.

    My only real complaint with Web Therapy is its extremely poor online presence. This is very disappointing for an “award-winning show”. Clips can be found on lstudio, youtube, hulu and other media sites. Each new article about the show is posted on dozens and dozens of entertainment sites with little to no commenting. There are a couple facebook pages with links to the show. Even after emailing the production company, I was given a generic response stating the obvious: clips can be found on youtube etc. Having to search through multiple pages to find a few comments is not ideal.

    Looking at another webby winner Trent Reznor (Webby artist of the year), he has an official site and interacts with his fans. There is actual discussion. Why then does Web Therapy not have an official site, or even a way to contact the producers with feedback/comments? Perhaps it’s because of Kudrow’s self-admitted fear of the internet? She certainly chose the correct medium if that’s the case. In my opinion there is really no excuse for such poor marketing; either it’s greed or laziness. The producers’ idiosyncrasies must have seeped into Fiona.

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