The Comeback (2005– )

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An ex A-list celebrity attempts to rekindle the flame of her once prominent acting career with nothing but a camera crew and some determination.

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 Valerie Cherish (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Paulie G. (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Robert Michael Morris ...
 Mickey Deane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Jane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Mark Berman (14 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Juna Millken (14 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Chris MacNess (14 episodes, 2005-2014)
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 Tom Peterman (13 episodes, 2005)
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 Jesse Wood (13 episodes, 2005)
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 Shayne Thomas (13 episodes, 2005)
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 Gigi (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
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Valerie Cherish is a D list actress who was in A lister back in the early 90s. Now, she has become unemployed, married, and has a much harder time getting recognized in the Hollywood scene. Valerie is now embarking on making a comeback with a camera crew documenting her trials and triumphs of her journey on doing so. Written by Anonymous

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Valerie Cherish was TV's IT Girl. Now IT's a different story. See more »

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Michael Patrick and Lisa stated to The Writers Guild Foundation that although HBO bosses initially didn't get some of the ideas while they were on writing process, the channel gave full support and creative freedom for its production. See more »

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Valerie Cherish: You see puppies, I see Korean barbeque!
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Finding its voice--finally!
25 August 2005 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I was initially unimpressed with The Comeback. Never having been a fan of Friends, I didn't feel any particular connection with Lisa Kudrow. But since I watch Entourage and it is the lead-in show, I kept the TV on. The first few shows had me wondering why Lisa Kudrow would want to do such a crappy show...but for some unexplainable reason, I kept watching. I feel like, now at nearly the end of the first season, that I "get" the show. I am glad that I stuck it out. There have been some very funny moments on the show. In fact I decided to watch the season over again with a different perspective and have gained more from the second viewing, (with On-Demand). The Palm Springs episode really did it for me. Since then the show has only gotten better. There are a lot of long pauses to the show. I think this is indicative of the character's inability to say what is really on her mind, but usually ends up putting her foot in her mouth anyway. The premise of the show seemed a little confusing at first, but it's not hard to put it all together. Valerie Cherish is a washed up TV actress trying to gracefully get back in the groove, but she really isn't all that graceful. At the same time a reality show is being made to follow her on her comeback trail. The characters grow on you--Valerie Cherish, her husband, step-daughter and text- messaging friends; Valerie's young cast-mates on her TV show Room and Bored, and the humorless writers; her longtime gay hairstylist who is still only half-way out of the closet; her always present reality crew waiting for something awful to happen so they can boost ratings on the possibly-dying reality TV genre. It is subtle comedy and it just needed a little bit of a chance to find its ground. Without the irritating laugh-tracks and corny music of most TV comedies, the quiet pauses on the show are not the negative, uncomfortable ones that I first disliked--now it is off and running. And I really do look forward to the show!


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