8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' Renewed at Showtime (Exclusive)
Showtime's Web Therapy session has been extended.
The cable network has renewed the comedy based on the web series created by and starring Friends alum Lisa Kudrow, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series, from Kudrow and her producing partners Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) and Don Roos, has run for three seasons and a total of 31 episodes on the premium cable network, concluding its third season with a bit of a cliffhanger in September. Season four will consist of 10 episodes; a premiere will be announced at a later date.
In the show's three seasons, Showtime compiled multiple short webisodes and filled out half-hour installments with additional content. The third run featured episodes culled from seasons four and five of the online incarnation. The online version will wrap its fifth season in February.
For Kudrow and Bucatinsky, the news comes after a banner year that saw the duo score a renewal at TLC for the former NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? Bucatinksy executive produces the series via his Is or Isn't Entertainment production company with Kudrow and his husband, screenwriter Roos. Kudrow also popped up with a multiple-episode arc with Bucatinsky on ABC's Scandal.
"Showtime has been a great collaborator with Web Therapy. It's the perfect network for this original comedy," Bucatinsky said.
At Showtime, the move to continue Web Therapy -- which was greenlit under entertainment president David Nevins' predecessor, Bob Greenblatt -- arrives after the premium cabler opted to end comedy Californication, greenlit under Greenblatt, after its upcoming seventh season. The network also said farewell to comedy-turned-miniseries The Big C this year and has a 2014 comedy slate that includes Shameless, House of Lies, Nurse Jackie and Episodes, which saw an early fourth-season renewal (likely for 2015).