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.
Gonzalo de Castro (“ByB,” “Doctor Mateo”) plays Miller’s husband, Federico Pinto, a man of dubious ethics. Cast regulars and weekly patients include Quim Gutierrez (“Spy Time,” “Three Many Weddings”), Hugo Silva (“Witching & Bitching,” “My Big Night”), Ana Millan (“Camera Cafe,” “The Time in Between”) and Martino Rivas (“Boarding School,” “Three Many Weddings”). As with the U.S. original, a host of prestigious Spanish stars will make cameo appearances.
“Web Therapy” “is a truly hilarious, engaging yet relatable series with a spectrum of characters. We are enjoying working with Movistar Plus to adapt this series for Spanish audiences and looking forward to the premiere in February,” said Nathalie Garcia, CEO at FremantleMedia Spain.
Spain is the second territory to produce a local version of the comedy series, following FremantleMedia Poland’s adaptation earlier this year for TVN.
“Web Therapy” was originally produced by Is or Isn’t Entertainment and co-created by Kudrow, along with her partner Dan Bucatinsky and writer/director Don Roos. The series debuted Sept. 22, 2008 before transferring to Showtime in 2011, where it ran for four seasons.
Movistar launches premium channel #0 in Spain on Feb. 1.