11:55am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' Sold in Syndication
FremantleMedia Enterprises has picked up worldwide distribution rights -- except North America -- to Web Therapy, the one-time Internet series from former Friends star Lisa Kudrow.
The improv series revolves around Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), a therapist with questionable credentials and limited patience as she treats patients via three-minute sessions via webcam sessions. The 10-episode half-hour series features such guest stars as Jane Lynch, Rashida Jones, Alan Cumming, Courteney Cox and Victor Garber.
Originally developed and screened as three- to 14-minute webisodes, Showtime licensed the series and will bow the comedy July 19 with new footage made specifically for television.
“We are consistently searching nontraditional avenues for new and exciting original content for TV and with Web Therapy we have found exactly what we were looking for,” said Jeff Tahler, senior vp acquisitions and development at FME. “The web series was received extremely well online and we are confident that the TV series will have equal success.”
The series was co-created by Kudrow’s partner, Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback, Lipstick Jungle) and writer-director Don Roos (Marley & Me, Happy Endings).
“What's thrilling for Don, Dan and I is that this half-hour version works as well as it does,” Kudrow said in a statement announcing the news Wednesday. “It's not like any comedy we've ever seen on TV before and it started as a creative experiment which makes this very fulfilling."
Kudrow picked up the Award of Excellence in Digital Media at this year’s Banff World Media Festival. In addition, Web Therapy has picked up two longform comedy prizes at the Webby Awards, with Kudrow honored as best comedic actress.
FME will launch Web Therapy at MIPCOM 2011.
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