Lisa Kudrow will soon voice the titular pooch in Therapy Dog, an animated presentation currently in development at Fox. Former Saturday Night Live star Vanessa Bayer was previously attached to star before parting ways with the project, opening the door for Kudrow's inclusion. The special is written by actress Clea DuVall (Veep), who is executive producing alongside Sharon Horgan, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, and Dana Honor.
Other cast members have not yet been verified, though it's possible DuVall and Horgan will be voicing characters as well.
Therapy Dog will feature a poodle mix with frizzy hair named Honey (Lisa Kudrow), who studies Carl Jung and enjoys stomach rubs. She works as the local therapist for the other animals in the neighborhood, holding group therapy sessions to assist her fellow pets with their mental health. Honey also struggles with issues in her own personal life and marriage to a St. Bernard named Chief as well, as she will face temptation when she meets a "wild coyote with a dangerous magnetism." Really, the more details we learn about the character, the easier it gets to imagine her with Kudrow's distinct voice.
Of course, the effectiveness of any new comedy will depend on the delivery of its featured talent in the lead roles, but Kudrow's involvement seems promising. The actress has plenty of voiceover work in addition to appearing in many movies and TV shows over the years. She has a very memorable voice role on the popular Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman, playing TV executive and adult female owl Wanda Pierce. Couple this with her run in the leading role on the Showtime series Web Therapy, and the casting choice really starts making more sense. Late last year, Kudrow was also cast for a lead role in the animated presentation for Fox Lyle & Caroline, so we could be seeing Kudrow doing a lot more voiceover work in the future too.
Obviously, Kudrow is perhaps best known for being a part of the ensemble cast of the legendary sitcom series Friends. On the long-running show, Kudrow played the part of Phoebe Buffay, joined in the cast by Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry. A ditzy and offbeat musician, Phoebe often delivered some of the funniest lines of each episode. The performance would earn her tons of critical acclaim as well, nabbing a Golden Globe Award nomination and wins at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Satellite Awards, and the American Comedy Awards. Ultimately, Kudrow played the part for about a decade, portraying Phoebe from the show's inception in 1994 until its conclusion in 2004.
It's not clear at this time when Fox will premiere Therapy Dog, but with Kudrow's official casting, more information should be forthcoming. Recently, Kudrow was also announced to star alongside Greg Kinnear and Whitney Cummings in a new comedy series pilot for Amazon called Good People. Years after Friends, Kudrow is still clearly keeping herself busy. This information comes to us from Deadline.