November 22, 2011 5:00am PT by Alex Ben Block
Conan O'Brien to Play Himself in Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' (Exclusive Video)
Talk show host Conan O’Brien becomes the first celebrity to play himself on the improvisational comedy series Web Therapy, which stars Lisa Kudrow, when he seeks help from therapist Fiona Wallace in the first of a three-episode arc premiering Dec. 14 on LStudio.com.
The fourth season of Web Therapy kicked off last week with a story that stars Rosie O’Donnell as an editor at a book publisher handling Fiona’s tell-all memoir. In that episode, Minnie Driver plays a B-movie actress who acquires rights to the book for a TV movie. [Watch the episode below.]
The fourth season of Web Therapy is the longest yet, with 16 episodes in total. Last season there were 15 episodes.
Other stars who will appear in the new season include Lily Tomlin (as the therapist’s mother), Natasha Bedingfield and Dan Bucatinsky, an actor who is also Kudrow’s producing partner. Kudrow and Bucatinsky created the series along with writer-director Don Roos for Is or Isn’t Entertainment.
Kudrow won a 2011 Webby award for best individual performance, and the show won best comedy longform series.
The first season of 10 episodes aired on Showtime from July through October, marking a rare case where a series that went from the web to TV. On Showtime, it attracted an average of 359,000 viewers (from multiple runs) each week.
Showtime is in negotiations to air more episodes of Web Therapy, but no deal is yet in place.
In the fourth season, Fiona is building her online business and trying not to be distracted by her husband’s political campaign. O’Donnell appears in the first four episodes in regards to her book, which is ghostwritten by her assistant (played by Bucatinsky).
In his three episodes, O’Brien seeks help with his “anger issues,” according to the producers.
There have been stars on Web Therapy before, but they always played characters. O’Brien is the first to be himself.
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