Head Case: Starz TV Show Cancelled; No Season Four

Head Case on StarzHead Case revolves around a therapist who works with celebrities in Los Angeles. The performers sometimes have to deal with big professional disappointments, like when their TV shows are cancelled. Unfortunately, the actors on the Starz series now have firsthand knowledge of how that feels.

Alexandra Wentworth stars as Dr. Elizabeth Goode, an unapologetically frank therapist. Her unconventional methods have made her the “It” counselor in Hollywood and her practice has thrived. Regular performers on the series also include Steve Landesberg, Michelle Arthur, Candace Dean Brown, Rob Benedict, and Aris Alvarado.

The Starz series debuted in April of 2007 as 10-minute vignettes and evolved into half-hour episodes. Head Case became a showcase for performers who wanted to play themselves and get some “tough love” onscreen. Those that have been “helped” include Andy Dick, Greg Grunberg, Jeff Probst, Tori Spelling, Tom Sizemore, Jason Lewis, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Priestley, and Ralph Macchio.

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Wentworth once commented, “The guest stars love the improv aspect of the show… They are given the chance to add their own dialogue, which hardly ever happens [on other shows], and is a breath of fresh air for them.”

When the third season of Head Case was announced, Stephan Shelanski, Starz’s executive vice president of programming, said, “Head Case was our first original half-hour comedy to debut on Starz and we are all excited to see it grow alongside our ever-expanding slate of top notch original TV programming… The true strength of this show stems from Ali Wentworth’s natural comedic instincts and the ability to offer our talent an open forum, where improvised dialogue and creativity are always encouraged. The final result is an eccentric, unconventional, unpredictably hilarious TV series, which we are proud to air on Starz.”

Those warm feelings seem to have faded over time unfortunately. The season three finale, which aired on May 22, 2009, has turned out to be the show’s last installment. Critic Rob Owen recently confirmed the cancellation with the cable channel. Episode 28, which guest-stars Jerry Seinfeld, is the end of the show.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Head Case won’t be back for another season?

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  1. Andrea says

    John Fedora — aren’t you being just a bit nasty??? Many viewers are disappointed at the cancellation. Yes, many smart shows get dumped — but isn’t it wonderful we have so many other choices like the reality shows ‘Losing it with Jillian’, ‘The Bachelorette’, etc. Joanne and the others are entitled to express their opinions and don’t need your snide remarks ….

  2. John Fedora says

    Well Joanne.. TV execs get paid to make the right decisions, otherwise they would be out of a job. You are obviously not a TV exec, because you have absolutely no clue what the ratings of that show was. Yes i liked the show as well, but a couple (12) positive opinions about this show cannot possibly justify the expense of another season. You go ahead and cancel your 12 dollar a month Starz subscription. Hit those idiot executives where it hurts.

  3. Joanne says

    As usual, tv execs know nothing!!! Head case was genius and hilarious!!!!!!!LOVED THIS SHOW!! bring it back PLEASE!!!

  4. Carol says

    I have been searching the internet for the past year to find out when the show would start up again and now this! To see it cancelled only confirmed my thoughts. I am so disappointed because Ali is hilarious and this show was one of a kind.

  5. Sandra Baby says

    Just found confirmation that head case was cancelled. Today is a very sad day for me and all those that I told about this screamingly funny show. Bad move Starz. Although Gavity is hot.

  6. sue says

    i LOVE ali wentworth and head case!!!!
    i was so looking forward to season 4.
    i cancelled starz because there is nothing else on starz worth watching!!!
    i believe showtime is doing a rip off on head case, bummer!!!!

  7. Noodles Petmecky says

    Dear Stupid Faces:

    Whoever canceled this show is a big fat doodie head. If you are the individual who assholishly canceled this poor show and you are reading this message then you are hereby cursed to an existence of standing on the verge of the road of life while people drive past and throw bags of fleas on you.


  8. anonymous says

    This was one of the most original, wacky, and hilarious shows on television. It’s cancellation is a huge disappoint.

  9. Anonymous says

    Headcase is suffering the same fate as Arrested Development, a great show that apparently was not sufficiently appreciated.

  10. Anonymous says

    Wow, I just found this show and it is hilarious! How could they have canceled it? I’m sure it made good business sense for some reason…it’s just too bad for us…the people who watch TV and want to see it.

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