Lisa Kudrow returns to Emmy race with ‘Who Do You Think You Are’? [Video]

After a decade as part of NBC’s “Must See TV” Thusday night lineup, “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow returned to the peacock net last year with the non-fiction series “Who Do You Think You Are?” Each episode chronicles a different celebrity tracing their family lineage. And, as Kudrow tells Gold Derby, she was one of the first to go in search of her roots which included relatives killed in the Holocaust. “I was very nervous about how I’d be able to handle it … but once I got there it was immediately just obvious that this was way beyond me … my discomfort seemed really trivial compared to the way these people died.”

The second season featured the likes of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, Emmy champ Rosie O’Donnell and “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi. Kudrow says she has shifted the show into the non-fiction category at the Emmys this year. “We tried reality last year, that was the wrong place to be.”

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Kudrow, who prevailed with the third of her six supporting bids for “Friends” in 1998, is also busy repurposing her web series “Web Therapy” into a half-hour laffer for Showtime. As Fiona Wallace she counsels clients in three-minute online video chats. She admits, “It turned out really funny, it surprised us that just two people on web chat could be as engaging as it is.”


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