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 comedyHappyish 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?