If you have a therapist and she’s anything at all like Fiona Wallace on Showtime’s “Web Therapy,” you really should have your head examined. The self-obsessed psychotherapist who treats her patients via webcam in three-minute sessions is the brainchild of actor/producer/writer/pool shark (you heard right) and all-around funny lady, Lisa Kudrow.
When you tune in to “Web Therapy,” there are two things you’re guaranteed to come away thinking. One, “dang, that’s funny!” And two, “Lisa must have had a really bad therapy experience that she can’t shake to come up with a character like that!” Ironically, the second is not true. “No, we’re not making fun of therapy. We’re fans of therapy when it’s done well,” she jokes. “This is more about the Internet and self serving people.”
Like used car salesmen, dentists and soap opera actors, therapists have supplied plenty of fuel for comedic fires. “What's funny is the idea that you could have effective therapy for a three minute session through a web chat,” Kudrow explains. “To me, that's what's funny because that's the dumbest idea in the world. I mean, therapy is meant to be in person, very intimate, a very safe place with a person who isn't judging you.”
When the idea for the show first came up in 2007, it was common practice for people to do things on the Internet that they could do very quickly at work and cross off their list.
And, hence, “Web Therapy” was born.
“I have to say, I love what we're doing,” Kudrow says. "It's also something that you haven't really seen before, and I think sometimes you're not sure what to make of it, just like ‘The Comeback’ was in the very beginning.” Kudrow is speaking, of course, about her 2005 HBO series about a one-time sitcom star attempting to resuscitate her faltering career on a reality show. “That was ahead of its time [and] good work. I'd hate for people to miss that opportunity that we're giving you with ‘Web Therapy.’”
“Web Therapy” can be seen Tuesdays at 11PM ET/PT on Showtime.