Tonight marks the conclusion of the second season of Web Therapy on Showtime. Will there be a third season or will it be cancelled instead? If it’s dropped, will Fiona need some counselling for herself?
Web Therapy began as an online TV series. Showtime picked it, additional footage was shot, and those “webisodes” were aired on the cable channel last year. The TV show revolves around Fiona Wallice (Lisa Kudrow), a self-serving psychotherapist who treats patients in three minute sessions via her webcam. The series features guests each week and season two’s have included Rosie O’Donnell, Meryl Streep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jennifer Elise Cox, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, Selma Blair, David Schwimmer, Conan O’Brien, Tim Bagley, and Rashida Jones.
The ratings for season two started out quite small, with just 103,000 viewers tuning in on July 2nd. To put that in perspective, Episodes (which isn’t a big ratings success itself) drew 486,000 viewers the night before.
As poorly as the second season premiere of Web Therapy did, later episodes did even worse, drawing as few as 25,000 viewers in August. The numbers started to climb upward after that but they were still quite low.
Last week, Showtime moved Web Therapy to Sunday night and the ratings nearly doubled, attracting 196,000 viewers.
While it seems like there’s no real reason for Showtime to renew Web Therapy for a third season, I imagine the series is pretty cheap to produce and the cable channel seems to like being in business with Kudrow.
The series has a lot of high-profile guests and in the end that looks impressive and helps Showtime’s image. While ratings do play a factor in paid-cable decisions, perception helps them retain and attract subscribers.
While Web Therapy could easily be cancelled, I suspect it will be renewed — providing Kudrow wants to keep making new episodes. The season two renewal came three months after the end of season one so we may not know Showtime’s decision for quite some time.
What do you think? Do you like this TV series? Do you think that it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?