Showtime Cancels Web Therapy, Orders New Projects From Jim Carrey, Common, and Patti Smith

After four seasons and 43 episodes, Showtime President David Nevins confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday that the network has canceled the Lisa Kudrow comedy Web Therapy.

Elsewhere, when asked about the network's decision to cancel the low-rated comedy Happyish after one season, Nevins told reporters that the series was a risk he would take again, but noted that it was clear there was something that "didn't connect" with the series. 

"I think it had brilliance in every episode [and] there were a lot of brilliant people [involved in the show]. It didn't connect and I think there was something about the show that was hard to take," he said.

Noting the series' challenging history—it was originally ordered to series with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead, a role that was eventually recast with Steve Coogan following the actor's untimely death in 2014—Nevins said he still thought it was "always interesting and going for excellence."

But although Web Therapy and Happyish are kaput, Showtime has several new projects on the horizon. The pay cable network has given pilot orders to Jim Carrey's I'm Dying Up Here, which is about the Los Angeles comedy scene in the 1970s, as well as a coming-of-age drama from Common and Lena Waithe, who produced the award-winning indie film Dear White People

The network has also landed the rights to Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, which will air as a limited series, Nevins announced. Penny Dreadful creator John Logan will write and produce alongside Smith. On the documentary front, Showtime will also produce The Spymasters, which will feature interviews with all 12 living directors of the CIA. Emmy and Tony winner Many Patinkin will narrate the program, which will air November 28 at 9pm.

Are you bummed about Web Therapy? Do any of the new projects interest you?


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Aug 13, 2015
Happyish was just too depressing for mainstream viewers. I loved it, but a lot of people don't watch television and be told that life is harsh and cruel and ultimately meaningless, which is fair enough.
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Aug 12, 2015
Just Kids! I didn't even know anyone was going to make a show of it but I'll sure want to see it. Wonder who'll play Patti.
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Aug 12, 2015
Jim Carrey? Does anyone care about Jim Carrey anymore? His last several movies have been stinkeroos.
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Aug 12, 2015
I'm sure Many Patinkin (lessor known Law and Order janitor actor and cousin of Mandy) appreciates the plug.
Very disappointing news about Web Therapy. It's not as if the show cost a fortune to make but rather survived on the goodwill of Lisa Kudrows' acting buddies. Tosspots.
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Aug 12, 2015
Aww I will miss web therapy! It was a fun show
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Aug 12, 2015
Lol, of course Mandy Patinki is narrating.
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Aug 11, 2015
Showtime Cancels Web Therapy Assholes.

Orders New Projects From Jim Carrey Fucking assholes.

Happyish ..... it was clear there was something that "didn't connect" with the series. Yeah, because it blew goats and was as funny as cancer.
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Aug 11, 2015
All I read was Jim Carrey
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