September 23, 2008 - Los Angeles, CA - As television networks premiere their fall line-ups, another new series is making its debut online. Lisa Kudrow is launching an improvisational comedy, titled "Web Therapy," on L Studio, a new broadband channel developed by automaker Lexus. The series is one of 30 original video segments featured on the channel, which hosts an eclectic collection of original films, live-action shows, documentaries and comedy programs.
"Connecting with Lexus gave us a chance to develop an idea we've wanted to do for a while—that's truly designed to be web content. It's a great opportunity to be part of such a unique experiment in entertainment," states Kudrow.
Kudrow and her producing partner Dan Bucatinsky ("The Comeback," "Lipstick Jungle") along with writer-director Don Roos ("Opposite of Sex," "Happy Endings") have created a series specifically for web broadcast. The resulting series features 15 episodes about Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), a therapist of unspecified credentials. Wallice launches a three-minute therapy practice as a way to cut to the chase, since "fifty-minute sessions involve a lot of self-indulgent talk about thoughts and feelings…there's only about three minutes in there where some real work is being done." Fiona, self-absorbed and self-promoting, is NOT a good listener, and her approach to therapy—from interrupting to making snap judgments—leads to comical sessions with her unfortunate clients. The cast of clients include improvisational actors Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Rashida Jones, Tim Bagley and Dan Bucatinsky.
"Lisa Kudrow's unique brand of smart, offbeat comedy is exactly the type of content we strive to showcase on L Studio," states Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The idea behind L Studio was to create an online space—not unlike a traditional production studio—which would provide a platform for high-quality, thought-provoking content that invites dialogue and is constantly evolving. We're thrilled that Lisa was intrigued by this concept and chose to join us in this experiment."
Also set to debut on L Studio on Oct. 7 is "Puppy Love," a scripted anthology created by Amy B. Harris ("Sex and the City," "The Comeback"), that sheds a new light on dog lovers and the people who love them. The series of ten short films—written and directed by Harris and several other "Sex and the City" alum, including Cindy Chupack, Liz Tuccillo, Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky—is humorous, irreverent and entirely relatable. Cast members include: Famke Janssen, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ally Sheedy, Kristen Johnston, Sarah Paulson, Alicia Witt, Heather Burns, Janel Moloney, Martha Plimpton and Dan Hedaya.
In addition to "Web Therapy" and "Puppy Love," L Studio will showcase never-before-seen features from the worlds of art, culture, design, science, entertainment, architecture and beyond, intended to inspire and amuse. The channel includes profiles of interesting personalities such as Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Patricia Field ("Sex and the City" stylist) and Shigeru Ban (renowned architect famous for using unique pre-existing materials), as well as mini-documentaries on a variety of topics from population migration to workspaces.
No sign-up is required to view L Studio videos, forward to a friend or view forum discussions and comments. Visitors may also create a profile to become a member and begin interacting with other participants and the artists on the site. For more information, or to begin viewing content, visit www.LStudio.com.
Lexus, the leading luxury automotive manufacturer, has made its name by providing innovative products and services for its customers. The automaker conceptualized L Studio as a way to engage consumers outside of the traditional automotive encounter to connect with them and provide unexpected experiences that reflect the brand. L Studio is an online community where members are invited—and encouraged—to share feedback and new ideas with the artists and each other to create a collaborative, engaging and constantly evolving space.