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Lisa Kudrow switches Emmy strategy for 'Who Do You Think You Are?' [Video]

June 23, 2011 |  2:57 pm

EmmyLisa Kudrow has an Emmy for "Friends" (best supporting comedy actress, 1998), nomination for "The Comeback" (best comedy actress, 2006) and now could notch a bid as producer of "Who Do You Think You Are?"

NBC's genealogy series featuring celebrities investigating their ancestral roots was in the running last year but wasn't nominated, possibly because it was competing in the wrong category. It had been placed in the race for best reality program, a slot usually reserved for entertainment-based reality shows.

Now the second season competes in a far more sensible category reserved for information-based shows -- best nonfiction series -- and it's a group with far less competition.

In our webcam chat below, Kudrow discusses the second season, which features guest stars Rosie O'Donnell, Tim McGraw, Steve Buscemi, Vanessa Williams, Lionel Ritchie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Cattrall, and she also dishes her own memorable appearance in the first season that probed her family's painful past in the Holocaust.

Kudrow also recalls her stint hosting the Webby Awards in early June: "That was fun, but it was scary too. I don't do standup, so even doing a monologue makes me nervous, so it was fun. And I'm sorry. I do get star-struck with the inventor of the cellphone and the inventor of the Internet."

Kudrow has emerged as a Web superstar thanks to her schtick in "Web Therapy" as Fionna, a rather testy, short-fused therapist who thinks she can treat patients in three minutes or less. The webisodes became so popular that Showtime has picked them up and retooled them as a TV series that debuts in July. It's unclear if they'll be eligible for Emmys.

Because this webcam with Kudrow bears a creepy resemblance to a therapy session with Fionna, that's where we commence our chat.


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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Kudrow with her "Friends" Emmy in 1998. Credit: NBC