They began the panel by taking a moment to pay tribute to Robert Michael Morris, who played Mickey Dean, Valerie’s hair stylist and confidant. Morris was supposed to join the group at Atx but passed away May 30.
“He’s the only person who could have played that part,” said Bucatinsky.
Kudrow made it clear that though the show was shot documentary style, “It was not about my experience on ‘Friends.'” She added, “I did send the writers cookies, but that’s because I love cookies, not so they’d write me more stuff.” King
Co-creators Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King joined executive producer Dan Bucatinsky and co-star Laura Silverman for a reunion panel at the Atx TV Festival — moderated by the self-described “biggest ‘Comeback’ fan ever,” Abigail Spencer (“Timeless”) — and the group had plenty of ideas for how to keep the series going.
“There’s always a possibility,” Kudrow said of a Season 3. “If [Season 2] happened, then it’s a possibility.”
King echoed her enthusiasm, contending that the television landscape is perfectly set up for a return of Valerie Cherish.
“There’s so much aggressive sales needed, it’s like a perfect humiliation trap,” King said, holding up a water bottle sporting an ad for a network he wasn’t familiar with.
Creators Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King were joined by stars Laura Silverman and Dan Bucatinsky (also an exec producer on the show) to discuss the cult classic Hollywood satire. However, missing was former star Robert Michael Morris, who was originally set to appear on the panel but died last week at the age of 77.
King said he received a call from Morris the day before he passed away. "On Monday, he called me and the reason he called me was to let me...
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The cause of death was not immediately known.
Morris was best known for his work on the critically acclaimed but short-lived show, which starred Lisa Kudrow. The actress paid tribute to her former co-star on Twitter: "We lost Robert Michael Morris today. He left us with many wonderful gifts, most importantly, an example of what a truly good soul looks like."
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“Comeback” star Lisa Kudrow confirmed the news on Twitter, adding, “He left us with many wonderful gifts. Most importantly, an example of what a truly good soul looks like.” A cause of death has not yet been reported.
We lost Robert Michael Morris today.He left us with many wonderful gifts, most importantly, an example of what a truly good soul looks like.
— Lisa Kudrow (@LisaKudrow) May 30, 2017
Morris was a high school and college teacher before shifting to the entertainment industry in 2005. His former student Michael Patrick King wrote the part of Mickey in “The Comeback” for Morris. Morris’ Mickey Dean was the lovable, flamboyant hairdresser and friend of Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish.
The series premiered in 2005 before it was canceled after its first season. It was revived nine years later for a second season in 2014.
According to our sister site Deadline, the cause of Morris’ death is unknown at this time. He was best known for playing Mickey, the flamboyant hairdresser/best friend of Kudrow’s faded sitcom star Valerie Cherish, on HBO’s showbiz satire The Comeback. Morris appeared as Mickey in both the initial 2005 season and the 2014 revival, where Mickey’s health scare added a layer of poignancy to Valerie’s self-involved antics.
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Perhaps that’s why the finale came as such a surprise, exhibiting a sentimentality that provided a sense of closure but which simply felt incongruous with much of what transpired within the show’s fictional world, much less the realities of Hollywood that it sought to lampoon.
Several movies came to mind while viewing the final hour (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), in which Lisa Kudrow’s character, Valerie Cherish, completed what amounted to a “Shawshank”-like redemption, crawling through a torrent of excrement (literally, in an unnecessary twist) to come out cleansed on the other side.
Like “The Paper Chase” – in which the protagonist, having chased law-school grades the entire movie, finally decides that
On The Comback, former "It Girl" Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) is still desperate to stay in the spotlight and believes that she's got it all figured out this time around. The rest of this comedy's cast includes Damian Young, Dan Bucatinsky, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, and Laura Silverman.
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The Lisa Kudrow-starrer officially returns on Sunday, but the cast and creators of the comedy series gathered to celebrate Valerie Cherish’s return to the spotlight, still amazed at “The Comeback’s”… comeback.
“It feels like a welcome return and a great opportunity and a dream come true,” said Dan Bucatinsky, who not only produces the series but also stars.
“It was almost like we stepped back into the same screen,” said Robert Michael Morris. Morris added that he was taken aback when the call came in about doing a season two, nearly ten years out from being cancelled, but came around the instant creator Michael Patrick King asked if he would be on-board.
“The biggest reaction was down in the parking lot,” explained Lisa Kudrow.
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