Catching Up with Lisa Kudrow and Her ‘Friends’

Lisa Kudrow in 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Photo: NBC)

Lisa Kudrow in 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Photo: NBC)

Don’t hold your breath for a “Friends” reunion, but three of the four main friends are making waves on TV this season.

There’s a lot of buzz over Matthew Perry’s new show “Mr. Sunshine” and Matt LeBlanc’s new show “Episodes,” and Courteney Cox’s “Cougar Town” is a solid hit, But it’s Lisa Kudrow who’s working double-time with not one, but two, projects showing up on the small screen. A second “Cougar Town” appearance from her might not be too far off either.

Up first is Season 2 of the series that traces celebrity family trees, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (premieres Feb. 4 on NBC).

Kudrow, who also serves as executive producer, tells us that this season will feature Gwyneth Paltrow, Steve Buscemi, Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, and Ashley Judd.

“Oh, it’s really good. They’re all really good,” Kudrow told reporters at an NBC party last week. She went on to reveal that they traced Tim McGraw’s roots back to his relatives that settled West after Virginia in Colonial Times and all the way to those who came from overseas.

The series also has a few well-timed Civil War stories (it is the 150th anniversary), kicking off Black History Month in February with Vanessa Williams’ story about two great grandfathers – one was a union soldier and the other helped liberate the slaves.

As if that list of guest stars isn’t exciting enough, Kudrow roped in even more friends for her other show, the improvised web series “Web Therapy” that moves to Showtime this year.

Kudrow didn’t have a date but thinks it will premiere “probably this spring.” The show stars Kudrow as therapist Fiona Wallice, whose idea of therapy is shorter sessions that take place via a webcam over iChat.

Guests, many of whom appeared on the first season, include Courteney Cox, Lily Tomlin (Fiona’s mother), Victor Garber (Fiona’s husband), Dan Bucatinsky, Rashida Jones, Steven Weber, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Elise Cox, and others.

“Lily Tomlin plays my mother. It’s unbelievably funny. She’s hilarious. It’s just great,” says Kudrow.

You think we’d forget to ask about “Cougar Town,” “Episodes,” and “Mr. Sunshine?” Think again. Here’s what she had to say:

“Cougar Town”: When informed that word has it Cox said she left things open for Kudrow to reprise her 2009 guest role as a dermatologist, Kudrow lit up and said, “Oh really? No, I haven’t heard a thing about that. It was very fun. Oh! Let’s see!”

“Episodes”: “We’ve seen it and it’s hilarious. I love it. I’m hooked. I’m in … I cannot wait for the next one.”

“Mr. Sunshine”: “I haven’t seen it, but I will.”

What do you think of Kudrow-TV? Will you tune in?

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