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'Web Therapy,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?': Dan Bucatinsky on 'Friends' reunion, Kelly Clarkson's roots

After scoring an Emmy nomination last Thursday for his guest-starring role on Scandal, Dan Bucatinsky has another big day ahead as two series he produced premiere tonight. Along with longtime producing partner Lisa Kudrow, Bucatinsky has overseen projects ranging from cult classic TV series The Comeback to the romantic comedy Picking Up and Dropping Off. He took a moment to talk with EW about the new seasons of the genealogical journey Who Do You Think You Are? as well as the improvised comedy Web Therapy. READ FULL STORY

Season 3 of Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' to debut July 22, feature Steve Carell and Billy Crystal as guests -- EXCLUSIVE

Believe the Skype: Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy will return to Showtime for a third season on July 22 at 11 p.m. In the 10 new episodes of the improvised comedy — which stars the former Friends actress as a self-consumed therapist who counsels patients via very brief video chats — Kudrow’s Fiona Wallice deals with the aftermath of husband Kip (Victor Garber) running off with his male campaign manager (Michael McDonald), and is investigated for campaign finance misconduct. Meanwhile, Fiona’s mother, Putsy (Lily Tomlin), steals her assistant, Jerome (Dan Bucatinsky), and launches a rival business called Net Therapy, and Fiona’s manuscript is being transformed into a Broadway musical without her input. READ FULL STORY

Showtime orders more 'Web Therapy'

Web Therapy lives! Showtime announced today that it has ordered a third season of the improvised comedy, which stars Lisa Kudrow as narcissistic online therapist Fiona Wallice. The series was adapted from a web series created by Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and Don Roos.

Previous seasons have featured guest appearances by stars including Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch, and two of Kudrow’s former Friends co-stars, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox. Season 3 will continue that tradition, including guest turns by Meg Ryan, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and ex-Friend Matt LeBlanc, who’s currently starring on his own Showtime series (Episodes).

The 10-episode new season will air in 2013.

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'Friends' alum to seek counsel (and more?) on 'Web Therapy' -- EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Kudrow has already shared her wisdom with Courteney Cox on Web Therapy, and now another one of her Friends is set to make an appearance in a sure-to-be-delightfully-awkward role.

EW has learned exclusively that David Schwimmer will appear on four upcoming episodes of the Showtime series, playing Newell Miller, the traumatized son of a college professor with whom Fiona (Kudrow) once shared a “romantic encounter.” The kicker? Newell’s troubles stem from witnessing the whole thing. (Ewwwww.) READ FULL STORY

'Web Therapy' picked up for season 2

Showtime has announced its pick-up on a second season of Lisa Kudrow’s series Web Therapy. The series, which was adapted from webisodes of the same name, features Kudrow as inept therapist Fiona Wallice, who counsels clients over the Internet. The next season, airing some time in 2012, will include at least 10 half-hour episodes. Which A-listers have signed up for three-minute session with Fiona next season? Meryl Streep, Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, and Selma Blair, to name a few. Victor Garber, Dan Bucatinsky, and Lily Tomlin will carry on with their regular roles on the show, as well.

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'Web Therapy': Lisa Kudrow talks upcoming guest spots (Rosie! Conan!), today's season 4 premiere. Plus, EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The stories behind how Lisa Kudrow and her team at Web Therapy, which kicks off its fourth season today, scored their guest stars this season are almost as good as the storylines that bring them to the improvised online series. (Key word: Almost, but more on that in a bit.)

Take singer Natasha Bedingfield, for instance. Without a casting director, the duties fall to Kudrow, who also stars as (unlicensed) therapist Fiona Wallace, producing partner Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback) and writer-director Don Roos (Happy Endings). So they’ve learned to keep their eyes open for opportunities at every corner — even if those corners are behind the scenes at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. “There was a story we had wanted to do and I ran into her at the Tonight Show,” says Kudrow, who created the series for the web with Bucatinsky and Roos in 2008. “I said, ‘Do you act?’ and she was like, ‘Oh, yeah!’ And she was available.”

Bedingfield will appear later this season playing a British palace worker who seeks Wallace’s help. “Fiona ‘understands’ that she doesn’t really need therapy. She thinks she’s probably calling as a proxy to somebody else — and that’s thrilling to her. She thinks she’s calling for Kate and William,” Kudrow says. READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell make appointment for 'Web Therapy'

Conan O’Brien and Rosie O’Donnell are among the guest stars for the fourth season of the Lisa Kudrow-produced web series, Web Therapy. Others include Lily Tomlin, Natasha Bedingfield and Minnie Driver, producers Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and Dan Roos told EW yesterday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

Each web episode of the series, currently airing in a half-hour format on Showtime, is comprised of three- to seven-minute skits in which main character Fiona Wallace gives clients therapy via web cam.

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Lisa Kudrow talks 'Web Therapy.' Plus, will there ever be an 'Episodes' crossover?

Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy has not had a typical trip to television to say the least. The series, which finds Kudrow playing Fiona Wallace, a not-so-accredited therapist who conducts sessions online, already has three seasons worth of three- to seven-minute webisodes available for viewing. But tonight marks its Showtime debut, where the show takes on a half-hour format, with the episodes comprised of the webisodes and material formerly available only via mobile devices.

“I like to say I’m busy enough,” says the actress, who juggles the production of Web Therapy‘s fourth online season with work on the third season of her heritage-tracing series Who Do You Think You Are.

EW caught up with Kudrow to talk about Web Therapy‘s interesting trip to television, her star-studded guest cast, and pitch our fantasy crossover ideas. (Hint: We love Friends!)  READ FULL STORY

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