Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

The Comeback’s Comeback


Lisa Kudrow’s short-lived HBO series, The Comeback, is reportedly coming back for a six-episode run.

Lisa Kudrow / Getty

Entertainment Weekly called it “the most brilliantly brutal satire of reality TV ever captured on screen”. The Washington Post claimed it was “probably TV’s most poignant half-hour comedy in years”, hailing it as “a masterfully modulated combination of shrewd satire and a tender, even tearful, central story”. The Guardian questioned whether it was “too far ahead for its time”.

The mockumentary series The Comeback premiered on HBO in 2005, and – despite being nominated for 3 Emmy awards and garnering a considerable amount of positive reviews – got cancelled after only 13 episodes due to unsatisfying ratings. Now – 9 years later, and long after the show has reached cult status – it is set to make a much-anticipated comeback for a 6-episode run, according to E! Online.

The show, created by Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King, starred Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a 40-year-old has-been TV actress, who agrees to star on a reality show which will chronicle her efforts of reclaiming her former fame.

Kudrow’s role as the good-at-heart, yet too-aware-of-the-cameras and almost-too-painful-to-watch insecure actress has earned her an Emmy nomination.
Though it has not been officially confirmed by HBO, E! reports that the writers of the show have been working on scripts for the new episodes for the last few weeks, and that the new episodes will pick up nine years after the series left off, reuniting original show stars, Lisa Kudrow, Malin Ackerman and Kellan Lutz.

At this point, the 6-episodes are considered to be a standalone event series, they add – but if this run does well, the show could possibly be brought back as a full series.
Lisa Kudrow was born in 1963 to a middle-class Jewish family.

She gained worldwide recognition as Phoebe Buffay in the television sitcom Friends, for which she received many accolades, including an Emmy award and two Screen Actors Guild awards.

In 1998, she received a New York Film Critics award for her starring role in the feature film The Opposite of Sex.

Kudrow has created, wrote, produced and starred in HBO’s The Comeback, and the 2008 online-series Web Therapy, which was later picked up by Showtime and developed into a television series.

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