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Since Showtime is a pay-for-view cable channel, the execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels. However, they still have to run programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.Scripted Showtime shows listed: The Affair, Billions, Californication, Dexter, Dice, Episodes, Happyish, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Roadies, Shameless, and Web Therapy.Last updated: Most recent ratings for Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex added.There's lots of data that Showtime execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of Showtime's »
Gilmore Girls is getting a dose of Scandal with Dan Bucatinsky. The Emmy winner, who is also an active producer behind the scenes on shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?, Grey's Anatomy, Lipstick Jungle and The Comeback, is heading to Stars Hollow for the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls. Bucatinsky shared his casting on Instagram with the below image. Later he tweeted an image with Alexis Bledel and indicated he was working with just her. Perhaps he's a coworker of Rory's? "What a blast today on #gilmoregirls with @alexisbledel -- @thelaurengraham missed the fun," he said. His other acting gigs include Web Therapy, Marry Me, The Comeback, In Plain Sight and the upcoming 24: »
Kiefer Sutherland knows better than to assume he's done with 24. "I've said that twice and have been wrong, so I won't say that again," he tells Rolling Stone. The actor, who recently launched a country-music career, has signed on as a producer for 24: Legacy – a new show in the same universe that stars Web Therapy's Dan Bucatinsky and Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins, among others – and has not ruled out reprising his Jack Bauer character. Shooting will begin imminently.
"It's a phenomenal script," he says of the new series. »
Meg Ryan will be honored with the Sonoma Salute Award at the 19th Sonoma Film Festival, a five-day program dedicated to the best in film, food, wine and spirits.
During a tribute event in Sonoma, Calif. on March 31, the actress-director will be celebrated with a special screening of “Ithaca,” her 2015 directorial feature film debut. Starring in over 40 films, Ryan’s most memorable acting performances include “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) and “You’ve Got Mail” (1998). More recently, she starred in “In the Land of Women” (2007), “Serious Moonlight” (2009) and episodes of Lisa Kudrow’s Hulu comedy “Web Therapy” in 2013.
This year’s festival — which will present over 100 films — will open with Joachim Trier’s Jesse Eisenberg-starring drama “Louder Than Bombs” and conclude with the French romantic comedy “The Sense of Wonder. »
- Alyssa Sage
The next stop on the long, multi-platform journey of Web Therapy will be in Spain. According to Deadline, the web series-turned-tv show will come to Spanish shores thanks to a partnership between FremantleMedia and digital TV platform Movistar+.
Web Therapy stars Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallace, a therapist who conducts her sessions over video chat and demonstrates a complete lack of self-awareness. The Spanish version will feature the same setup, but with local actors filling in the show’s principal roles. It will be distributed on #0, a new channel from Movistar+.
FremantleMedia picked up Web Therapy’s international distribution rights back in 2011, but it made no significant overseas moves with the series until four years later, when a Polish version premiered on a digital platform called Player.pl. The Spanish version of the show will be FremantleMedia’s second international adaptation of it.
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- Sam Gutelle
FremantleMedia and Movistar+ are bringing Web Therapy to Spain. The pair will produce a Spanish-language version of Lisa Kudrow's improvised series in 16 episodes. It will begin airing in February on Movistar+'s new channel #0 and be distributed globally by FremantleMedia International. The Spanish version includes stand-up comedian and TV host, Eva Hache who plays narcissistic therapist Rebeca Miller. Her husband of dubious ethics, Federico Pinto, is played by Gonzalo de… »
In an early foray into TV fiction production in Spain, TV giant FremantleMedia has teamed with country’s leading pay TV service, Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, to adapt Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” the comedy series aired by Showtime in the U.S.
The Spanish version, set to premiere in February on Movistar’s upcoming premium channel #0, is being distributed globally by FremantleMedia International, which has brought the show to Natpe.
Improvised TV series toplines a local actress, stand-up comedian and TV host Eva Hache (“Got Talent Espana”), who plays Rebeca Miller, a narcissistic therapist of unspecified credentials with limited patience for others’ problems, as she develops a new brand of therapy for a three minute-online session via webcam. Miller will show an uncanny ability to turn almost every session into an opportunity to talk about herself.
- Emiliano De Pablos
"Chelsea Does" What is it? "Chelsea Does" is a four-part Netflix Documentary Series featuring Chelsea Handler exploring four topics of personal and universal fascination: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs. With her unique voice and provocative point of view, Chelsea will be seen confronting the topics that connect humanity, having the hard conversations about things that are not easy to talk about, and calibrating and learning who she is along the way. [official synopsis via Netflix] I'll like it if I like... when "Chelsea Lately" took itself (somewhat) seriously. Why should I care? Chelsea Handler has always had a unique voice, and now she's putting purpose behind it. That's not to say helming "Chelsea Lately" or guest starring on "Web Therapy" and "This Means War" wasn't important work, but in her investigative docu-series "Chelsea Does," Handler is exploring difficult universal concepts »
- Ben Travers
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